New Year's in Yosemite

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Trip Dates:

December 28, 2014 through January 2, 2015

NPCA Member Price

$3,095-$3,495 per person double occupancy; $900 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Yosemite National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

December 28, 2014-January 2, 2015

How many people can say they’ve snowshoed through awe-inspiring groves of towering giant sequoias? Or heard the thunder-crack of shifting, frozen waterfalls as the morning sun rises? After this trip, you can!

See Yosemite National Park in a whole new light on this fun, active adventure in the snowy High Sierras. The park’s famous viewpoints are transformed by winter; the dramatic landscape shines with a special glow and the outdoors beckon you to come explore, to play, and to wonder. Opportunities abound to explore with your naturalist guide on foot, snowshoes, and cross-country skis—and also to just have fun playing in the snow. We’ll also visit the little known Badger Pass Ski Area, a downhill ski resort right in the park.

Expect some fun indoor discovery too, including a tour of the fabulous Ahwahnee hotel, with dinner in the famous dining room.

For details about this trip, download the brochure (pdf)

Tour Highlights

Winter Wildlife

Watch for bluebirds, waxwings, quail, woodpeckers, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and maybe even a bobcat or gray fox.

Badger Pass Ski Area

Located inside the park, Badger Pass offers fun downhill and cross-country terrain—and one of the best sundecks in the Sierras.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Fresno, CA

Length of Tour

6 days/5 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. If you need assistance, NPCA recommends contacting Travel Insurance Services.

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Daily Itinerary

December 28: Arrivals in Fresno, California

You’re about to find out for yourself why winter is such an exceptional time to visit this very special place. Our guide sets the tone for the day’s activities, based on weather conditions and the desires of the group. Snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, ice skating, are all possible right from the lodge. We cozy up before dinner on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, gliding through a Yosemite winter wonderland of towering sugar pines and cedars. Tenaya Lodge (L,D)

December 29: Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park

We snowshoe among the Giant Sequoias in the Mariposa Grove if there’s enough snow, and if not, we’ll don hiking books for the soul-stirring experience of walking in this majestic assembly. We can spend most of the morning here if we’d like, and after lunch visit the Pioneer Yosemite History Center—a “village” of structures collected from different locations throughout the park. Each building represents a different chapter in Yosemite’s story. After dinner at the lodge, there will be an optional moonlight/flashlight snowshoe through the forest—a memorable outing that activates all your senses. Tenaya Lodge (B,L,D)

December 30: Badger Pass Ski Area, Yosemite National Park

We leave Tenaya this morning for the very scenic hour-and-a-half drive to Badger Pass—California’s original ski area and the ski hill within a U.S. national park. Badger Pass also boasts one of the best sundecks in the Sierra. This will be a fun, full day of cross-country skiing and enjoying the snowy surroundings (rentals available on site). Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (B,L,D)

December 31: Crane Flat, Yosemite National Park

Depending on how we feel and what the conditions are, we’ll take snowshoes, cross-country skis or hiking boots to Crane Flat to explore the trails there. One choice is the Tuolumne Grove Trail, which descends a mile from the trailhead to a grove of giant sequoias. We’ll enjoy a hearty dinner and sleep well tonight at the lodge. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (B,L,D)

January 1: Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

We’re out again today to explore the valley on skis, snowshoes, or hiking if there’s not enough snow. Destinations might include Lower Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake, Cook’s Meadow, or John Muir trails. If there is time and interest, we can balance the more active part of the day with visits to some of the park’s excellent museums and visitor centers to learn more about Yosemite history. Tonight is a very special treat—a tour of the famous Ahwahnee Hotel and celebratory farewell supper in the renowned dining room. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (B,L,D)

January 2: Departures Home from Fresno, California

Catch your transfer to the Fresno airport for flights home after 1:00 p.m.(B)

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price

$3,095-$3,495 per person double occupancy; $900 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Alternate Departures

Unable to join us for this New Year’s in Yosemite departure? NPCA’s travel partner, Off the Beaten Path, is offering additional naturalist led journeys to Yosemite. Scheduled departures include:

  • December 29 2013-January 3, 2014
  • January 12-17, 2014
  • February 9-14, 2014
  • February 16-21, 2014

Off the Beaten Path shares NPCA’s love of national parks and our philosophy of engaged, small group travel. For more information on alternate departures, contact contact us at 800-628-7275 or email us at travel@npca.org

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Our Travel Partner

The National Parks Conservation association is delighted to be partnering with Off the Beaten Path (OBP) to bring you excellent, insider experiences in our cherished national parks. This well-respected travel company shares our love of national parks, and understands the significant role they play in safeguarding America’s most majestic landscapes. Off the Beaten Path also shares our travel philosophy of small group sizes and unique itineraries.

NPCA’s collaboration with Off the Beaten Path allows us to open up an even broader range of opportunities through which you can appreciate and enjoy your national parks. Off the Beaten Path is offering additional dates with similar kinds of experiences to the trip described in this official ParkScapes departure.

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Lodging Info

Tenaya Lodge

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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