With waterfalls booming, wildflowers blooming and snowcapped peaks, spring is perhaps the most visually spectacular season in the Park. With fewer visitors in Yosemite than during the summer season, spring is an ideal time to recreate in the Park.
Come enjoy one or all of our recommended Top Ten Classic Spring Recreation Experiences.
Note that several of the items described below have limited capacity and should be reserved in advance. For more information or to make a booking, please call our Recreation Department at (209) 379-2606 x140, email us, or send a Recreation Request.
- Guided Fly Fishing on the Tuolumne and Merced Rivers and other nearby waterways is a spectacular option for experts and novices alike. Yosemite is one of the few places where you can catch as many as 4 species of trout, including the elusive golden trout. Our guides can help you enjoy the serenity and beauty of Yosemite fly fishing geared to your skill level. Fly fishing season begins April 30th. Click here for more details.
- Naturalist Guided Hiking Trips in the Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite Valley areas take advantage of prime spring conditions. Warm days create a hiker’s paradise as streams and waterfalls are thundering, trails are lined with grasses and flowers, and wildlife re-emerges after a long winter. These all-day outings are a wonderful way to get some exercise while learning about the Park from our naturalist guides. Click here for more details.
- Biking is a terrific way to spend a cool, beautiful spring day. Join us for a Guided Bike Trip (downhill!) to spectacular waterfalls, or rent bikes and enjoy the seclusion of nearby fire roads. Click for more details on guided bike trips or mountain bike rentals.
- Geocaching is a new, fun way to explore the outdoors using GPS technology. You can rent a GPS device from us, get some quick training and then use it to track your explorations. Kids and adults alike will enjoy using the GPS technology to hunt for hidden treasures near the property and special sites and finds along Yosemite hiking trails. Click here for more details.
- Self-Directed Hiking opportunities abound, with the 4-mile round trip to booming Wapama Falls at nearby Hetch Hetchy a perennial guest favorite. The Preston Falls Trail, up to 4 miles each way, is another great nearby choice, as is the trail to secluded Carlon Falls. And of course, there is wonderful hiking and sightseeing in Yosemite Valley.
- Massage is the perfect way to unwind and soothe the body after an invigorating day’s recreation, or even after a day of loafing. We offer both full-body and shorter ‘chair’ massages. Click here for more details.
- Snowshoeing - After a typical winter in Yosemite, there is still plenty of snow to be found on the Tioga and Glacier Point roads. Snowshoe Rentals are available at the lodge or you can hire a guide for a private outing (subject to availability). Click for more details guided snowshoe trips and snowshoe rentals.
- Ranger Talks, are a fun, informative way to spend part of an evening at the lodge. Learn about bears, mountain lions and more. Check the week’s calendar for the topic and timing of the next talk.
- Campfires, S’mores & Stargazing is a favorite spring ‘triathlon’ at the Evergreen.
- Bellying up to the bar takes place in our tavern or fireside - our bartenders will be your guides for this challenging but inspiring activity. Or, if you're in the Valley, stop in at the Ahwahnee Hotel and enjoy the memorable setting.
Complete this spring decathlon and we can promise you eternal peace and many smiles!
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