10 Essentials for Hiking in a National Park
Watch this video for tips on 10 Essentials to take Hiking in a National Park  READ MORE >
Yosemite in a Day - Memorial Day to Mid-September
There's a lot of of activities during this time of year and the park is very popular so it's advised to get as early a start as possible.To reach Yosemite from the Visitors Bureau: From our parking lot turn right and go northbound on Hwy 41. The Yosemite Park south… READ MORE >
South Gateway to Yosemite - Fossils to Falls Trail
Enjoy the best of Madera County along the Fossils to Falls Trail on this 4 Day TourDay 1 Start your journey at the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County, off Hwy 99 in Chowchilla. This amazing exhibit features fossils from the Middle-Pleistocene (780,000 years ago). Columbian Mammoth, Saber-toothed Cat, Sloth, Dire… READ MORE >
Yosemite in a Day - Mid-September to November
Yosemite in a Nutshell – Mid-September through November.To reach Yosemite from the Visitor Center in Oakhurst: From our parking lot turn right and go northbound on Hwy 41. The Yosemite Park south entrance is 14 miles straight ahead. Continue on Highway 41, which becomes Wawona Road inside the park, all… READ MORE >
Yosemite in a Day - November to March
There's an abundance of late Fall and Winter activities, and beautiful sights, in Yosemite. You’re here at a delightful time because you have the park almost entirely to yourself. Nature has carved out a special spot, a magical place where you can lose yourself in the beauty around you. From expansive… READ MORE >
Sentinel Dome & Taft Point Hikes by Tony Krizan - Local Adventurer/Author/Photographer
Hikes and views from Sentinel Dome and Taft Point | Yosemite National ParkDay 1By Tony Krizan - Local Adventurer/Author/PhotographerIt has been quite a few years since I experienced the hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point in Yosemite National Park.  Over the years thru conversations with other hikers maybe I’m… READ MORE >
Outdoor Excursions in the Southern Sierra
Giant sequoias, raging waterfalls and Yosemite Valley vistas are just a few of the adventures to enjoy in the Southern Sierra. Families, couples and explorers of all ages will find plenty to discover during this weeklong adventure.Day 1Photo Courtesy Visalia CVBGetting Here:Fresno-Yosemite International Airport is the gateway to three of… READ MORE >
Yosemite in a Day - April & May
Early Spring is an ideal time to be in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. The waterfalls are flowing, dogwoods are in bloom and the river is rushing. Get an early start! This is a full day’s worth of activities.Getting Started:From the Visit Yosemite | Madera County visitors center in Oakhurst:… READ MORE >
A Day Hike at Hensley Lake
A quiet hiking and fishing lake just outside the historic town of Raymond. One of our New Year traditions is to take a long walk on New Year’s Day.  This year, Hensley Lake was our destination.  We wanted to find a place to let the dogs stretch their legs… and ours… READ MORE >
The Royal Tour
The Royal Tour: The Enchanted Hearst Castle to French Countryside Charm at Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst to Luxury at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. What is the Royal Tour? You won’t find packaged trips here, or any set dates either. That’s because the Royal Tour is specifically designed for you to schedule. We… READ MORE >
Sugar Pine Lumber Company & Madera Flume by Linda Gast
A gentleman by the name of William H. Thurman came up with the idea of building a V-shaped wooden flume from his mill site in Oakhurst, CA. then known as Fresno Flats, to the railroad in Madera. It was made to float the milled lumber using the water in the… READ MORE >
Tips for Camping in Yosemite National Park
Enjoy this video from the National Park Service on tips for camping in Yosemite National Park. READ MORE >
Bass Lake: Not just a place, it's a state of mind. A family's story.
My wife started visiting Bass Lake 35 years ago and I married into the tradition 26 years ago. I was immediately captivated by the beauty and serenity of the lake and it just got better every year. There’s so much we love to do at and around Bass Lake. We keep discovering… READ MORE >
A Guide to Hiking Half Dome by YExplore
A Hikers Guide to Hiking Half Dome with Low Impact Tips by John DeGrazio. Half Dome is the most popular hike in Yosemite National Park and one of the most sought after adventures on the planet. The demand for this hike is so great that the National Park Service began implementing a… READ MORE >
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway
The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway (known as the Secret Yosemite) -  is a nearly 100 mile journey through the Sierra National Forest with breathtaking panoramas, unique rock formations and even a charming general store with mouthwatering hamburgers and amazing pie.  Starting at a little over 3300 feet above sea level,… READ MORE >
Thrifting and Gifting around Oakhurst
Oakhurst, Coarsegold & Bass Lake - local thrift and gift shops are a fun way to spend the day!   THRIFT STORES Thrift stores are a great way to find an inexpensive gift or souvenir, not to mention fun!  Browse through shelves loaded with treasures at one of the many local thrift… READ MORE >
Morgan and Family Return to Bass Lake
   My family has been going to Bass Lake since my uncle was 2 and my dad was 8. They are now 45 and  51. When my dad was only ten, he won a gum ball competition and got a cool prize, thanks to Miller's Landing. This happens to be our… READ MORE >

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40343 Highway 41,
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-4636
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at the Fossil Discovery
Center of Madera County
19450 Avenue 21-1/2
Chowchilla, CA 93610
(Exit 164, off Highway 99)


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