Dean Potter (Age 43) Climbing Legend, Passes Away

Friends I greet you from Yosemite May 18, 2015   Yosemite West neighbor…..Dean Potter….Climbing Legend…among 2 dead in base jump attempt the rock climbing community lost one of its own this Saturday the yosemite community lost one of its own this Saturday the Yosemite West community lost one of its own this Saturday i lost […]

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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Sitting in Yosemite’s Peregoy Meadow

The Sign reads Glacier Point Road Closing today at 8:00pm. Just up the road in about .5 mile, a Sign of Spring, Blooming dogwood trees. About 4.5 miles up the road a Sign of Spring SNOW PLANTS….or a Sign of Spring Snow…well it is suppose to snow tonight hence the reason for the first sign. […]

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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A Bridalveil Creek Picnic with buttercups and frogs.

A couple of picnic tables, a beautiful creek,  lodgepole pine trees, granite slabs, fresh air, wildflowers, picturesque scenery,  a good appetite after an early morning hike, and on this day glorious colorful clouds.  The picnic tables along the creek provide the perfect spot to enjoy a pleasurable outing to eat an outdoor meal.  The flat […]

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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Bighorns in Yosemite

Only the lucky and the intrepid have a chance of spotting them, but Yosemite’s northeastern high country is home to one of the park’s rarest creatures: the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. With this year’s meager snowpack, Scenic Wonders guests may have an earlier start on accessing the mountain realm of these noble beasts. And even if […]

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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Yosemite’s Tunnel View

The clouds rest on Yosemite’s Half Dome. First View of Yosemite Valley coming from Yosemite West along HWY 41. To catch the drama of the late afternoon light on Yosemite’s cliff walls, stop at the pullout at the first view of the Valley.  On this day, photographers were capturing the beauty of the clouds resting […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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The Beauty of the Rainbows

In honor John Muir, who was born on this date, happy earth day as well !!! An excerpt from The Yosemite by John Muir. The Bridalveil and Vernal Falls are famous for their rainbows; and special vsits to them are often made when the sun shines into the spray at the most favorale angle.  But […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Yosemite’s Spring Snow and Mountain Dogwood

Yesterday’s spring snow storm was warmly welcomed.  Wednesday’s evening sky told of the approaching storm. So….yesterday’s morning sky…at 6:30am…looked like a watercolor painting….as it continued to shower down snow on the mountainsides….and on the mountain dogwood trees in Yosemite West. Yosemite’s Mountain Dogwood tree, when in blossom, already reminds me of a beautiful tree covered […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Yosemite Artist Steve Curl

Yosemite Artist Steve Curl:  Catch Yosemite’s Light in Watercolor Workshop. I was looking forward to this workshop for months… try watercoloring. At the workshop offered by Yosemite Art Center: Steve had a few pieces of work on display.   Beautiful…setting a mood…speaking to one’s heart… Steve’s Watercolor:  Twilight at Olmsted Point…..has the beautiful colors of twilight… […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Honoring the Yosemite Land Grant of 1864

We all justly celebrate Yellowstone, designated in 1872, as the world’s first national park. Not everyone knows, however, that even earlier seeds for the idea of long-term preservation of public lands were planted in our very own Yosemite country. On June 30, 1864—as the Civil War was raging, no less—President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant […]

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

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Take the Ultimate Yosemite Day Hike: Half Dome Cables Are Up!

Few Yosemite adventures are as rewarding—or as challenging—as trekking to the summit of Half Dome, that 8,800-foot granite fist internationally known as a symbol of the park’s singular beauty. The National Park Service recently announced that the cables that assist in the ascent of Half Dome’s summit will be available beginning Saturday, May 2—significantly earlier than usual, given […]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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John Muir’s Birthday

We’re fresh on the heels of the birthday of one of Yosemite’s true heroes, the great Scottish-American naturalist and conservationist John Muir—born April 21, 1838. Muir’s irremovably linked to the story of Yosemite National Park: His infatuation with the Sierra Nevada was love at first sight, and he labored tirelessly for Yosemite’s preservation as he […]

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Yosemite Art Workshop

YOSEMITE ART CENTER Sign up for the upcoming art workshop. CATCH YOSEMITE’S LIGHT in WATERCOLOR With Steve Curl….April 11th, 2015 in Yosemite Valley Friends I greet you from Yosemite Artist Steve Curl creates beautiful watercolor paintings.. His style of watercolor painting is amazing. Steve has been teaching a Watercolor Workshop as a visiting instructor for the Yosemite […]

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Glacier Point Road Opens

By 6:30am, March 28, the photographers were already in place at Glacier Point…to capture the sunrise over Yosemite’s majestic peaks.  A group of college students on spring break were enjoying the beginning of a new day…welcoming the radiant warmth of the sunshine.  A new season for the Glacier Point Road…with a very early opening date…as […]

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Yosemite’s Black Bears

Many visitors to Yosemite are eager to see a black bear; some hope they don’t. All over the world, bears arouse powerful feelings in human beings: of awe, of fear, of kinship. Without a doubt, spotting a free-roaming bear anywhere—least of all in the mighty landscape of the Sierra Nevada—is a thrilling experience. These charismatic […]

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

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Share Your Favorite Yosemite Memories!

As we wrote earlier, it’s a mighty special year here at Scenic Wonders: 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Yosemite National Park! We’ll be commemorating the occasion here on the Scenic Wonders blog throughout the year. And, of course, we welcome you to come join in the celebration by staying at one of our […]

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

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Yosemite Beauty Update

Friends I greet you from Yosemite March 1, 2015 Saturday’s storm brought rain to Yosemite Valley; snow line was at Grouse Creek. Yosemite West at 6000′ received a few inches. There were lots of people taking pictures at Tunnel View this Sunday morning as I drove to the Valley. Myself included. The mountains were whitened by the snow. […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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The Tracks of Yosemite’s Chickaree

Friends I greet you from Yosemite. Saturday February 28, 2015 The snow was beginning to fall at bedtime…by early rising…the snow is still falling….gently…a calm and pretty morning….whitened with the beauty of the snow. Snow flurries for most of the day. Time to go play outside in snow… or to take a family walk. A dad stops at […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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The birds are Springing for joy

Friends I greet you from Yosemite I asked, “What do you see?” “A robin,” he answered. He and his wife had binoculars because….they are birdwatchers…members of the National Audubon Society. Two days later, I was out photographing, when I saw some movement in a seemingly lifeless tree….a bunch of dead branches …… I switched to […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Dear Yosemite Deer

Friends I greet you from Yosemite March 4, 2015 Why are deer so dear to us??? Yosemite’s mule deer are gentle in appearance. They put a tender feeling in our hearts. Deer are endearing….for so many reasons. Late winter storms….snow…. time to go spring skiing on my cross country touring skis. Some time to enjoy the […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Yosemite’s Coyotes and Clouds

Friends I greet you from Yosemite Yosemite is full of wonder…bringing delight to the heart and soul. Both last night’s sky…and this morning’s sky spoke of an approaching storm. I went hiking…hopeful to take some pretty pictures. The light morning rain began…and within a half hour, it stopped. On the deer trail, there was a deer lay…not […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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It snowed!!

Friends Greetings from Yosemite February 22, 2015 Sunday’s early morning mist and clouds brought out the photographers to Tunnel View, where they were waiting for the clouds to part…to reveal a pretty picture of El Capitan, the Three Graces, Bridalveil Fall….Yosemite Valley. The Yosemite Valley sky over El Capitan was beautiful. Ribbon Fall looked graceful …and the rain […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Yosemite Tree Profile: The California Black Oak

Last time we discussed trees here at the Scenic Wonders blog, we considered a conifer of the Sierra mountain forests: the stately sugar pine. Today, let’s shift our focus to the lovely lowlands of Yosemite Valley and the tree that defines this place more than any other: the California black oak. This hefty hardwood contributes an […]

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

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The Deer of Yosemite

A highlight of any visit to Yosemite National Park is a glimpse of the California mule deer, the most commonly seen of the park’s large mammals. Keep an eye out the window of your Scenic Wonders cabin in Yosemite West, especially around sunrise and sunset, and you might spy a little group of these graceful, […]

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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The Story Behind Yosemite’s Great Waterfalls

The approach of spring comes with the yearly anticipation of Yosemite’s world-famous waterfalls churning at their most vigorous. In an average year, the park’s falls typically reach their peak in May or June, so now’s the time to book your Scenic Wonders accommodations for the best viewing! In the past, we’ve profiled some of Yosemite’s “celebrity” […]

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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The National Park Service Centennial

Here at Scenic Wonders, we’re excited about two very special birthdays in 2015 and 2016. October 1st marks the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park’s establishment, a fantastic occasion we’ll devote several blog posts to in the coming months. Today, though, we want to give a nod to next year’s big party: the National Park Service Centennial! […]

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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Planning Ahead for Springtime in Yosemite

Depending on where you’re based, it may or may not feel as if winter’s days are numbered. Nevertheless, now’s the perfect time to begin planning your spring or summer visit to Yosemite National Park—and to reserve one of the delightful Scenic Wonders cabins or cottages for the trip! Our beautiful Yosemite West rentals tend to […]

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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Yosemite’s History of Granite

Friends I greet you from Yosemite Chickadee And Rock I heard the song of the chickadee this afternoon while running on Yosemite’s Deer Camp Road trail.  What does he sing?   Cheer up cheer up cheerily…..dee dee dee!!! He did put a smile on my face!!! at the end of my run. But while running… the […]

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

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A Camera Walk with Ansel Adams

Friends I greet you from Yosemite I highly recommend the photography walk offered by The Ansel Adams Gallery.  Michael Wise lead us on a walk….with Ansel. Michael Wise.. with Yosemite Falls photo credit Laura Sefchik We met at 9:00am Saturday, January 10, 2015, in front of the Gallery. a snapshot of topics coved… Some history […]

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

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Yosemite Tree Profile: The Mighty Sugar Pine

From time to time we like to spotlight Yosemite National Park’s magnificent trees, one of the major draws of the place. Nearly everyone’s heard of the giant sequoia, but this region is full of other amazing varieties, all of which contribute in their own way to the splendid conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada. You […]

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Ribbon Fall, Yosemite’s Tallest Waterfall….has returned

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite. Ribbon Fall, Yosemite Valley’s Tallest Waterfall In a single drop of 1612 feet….has returned to provide beauty to its granite wall. Ribbon Fall, however, drops a total of 3050 feet….??? This weekend’s rain storm….swelled the River of Mercy…. The Merced. The tributaries of a Merced River are small in size […]

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

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Yosemite Falls & Its Comets of Water

Friends I greet you from Yosemite The rain was pouring down heavily last night..with the wind heavy at times. Arriving at the Valley floor this Sunday morning, I was happy to see that Ribbon Fall was beautifully pouring over the cliff wall near El Capitan!!! Photographers and nature lovers were happy. A friend noticed that […]

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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Presidents & Yosemite

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite Presidents’ Weekend is approaching; and I remembered that a few Presidents have visited Yosemite. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed an Act of Congress in which Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were granted to the State of California, to be preserved for all time as a nature preserve…the […]

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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Cozy (and Fascinating) Yosemite Attractions for a Winter’s Day

If the winter or early-spring weather in Yosemite is temporarily a bit unappetizing, fear not: There’s still plenty to do in the park, even when you’re not out skiing or snoeshoeing or hiking!   In Yosemite Valley, several museums and galleries tempt you in from the rain or snow to explore the park’s historical, cultural, […]

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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Winter Hiking in Yosemite

The winter snows of Yosemite offer fantastic recreational opportunities in the form of skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and tubing. That said, those who prefer hiking boots to ski boots still generally have options this season for hoofing it on the trails. And the crisp temperatures are ideal for working up a sweat! Winter hikers are perfectly […]

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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Big News: The Sierra Nevada Red Fox Spotted in Yosemite!

A story out of Yosemite has been making the rounds of national and even international news the past few days: two sightings of the incredibly rare Sierra Nevada red fox! Scientists know very little about this beautiful creature, which may exist in a population as small as 50 individuals. It’s a native subspecies of red […]

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

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Spot And Track Yosemite’s Winter Wildlife

Winter’s prime season for spotting animals in Yosemite National Park. Use one of our Scenic Wonders vacation cabins as your home base for a personal Sierra Nevada safari! And remember, if you do see an animal or identify its tracks in Yosemite, the park has a Wildlife Observation Card you can fill out and submit […]

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Dawn Wall Goes Free

They made it!!! One for the record books! One for the history books!! The First Free Climb Ascent of the Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s El Cap. On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen reached the top of El Captain…together. ?It took 19 days of climbing…free climbing the Dawn Wall…with just hands and feet…but […]

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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Yosemite Rock Climbers!

Friends I greet you from Yosemite, Of great interest right now are the two ROCK CLIMBERS on Yosemite’s majestic EL CAPITAN. Having an hour earlier, just taken the photography walk offered by The Ansel Adams Gallery, I was still looking up at the light… and at the beautiful clouds. A great light from the sky […]

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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Yosemite Photographer Phil Hawkins

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite. Epiphany…the magi were following the light of the star. For photographers, it’s all about the light. Driving home from church, the light was perfect, so I stopped and took pics of El Capitan capped with clouds. Photographers from all over the world come to Yosemite in the pursuit of […]

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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A New Year in Yosemite

Friends I greet you from Yosemite. Happy New Year !!! It is a good day to enjoy a walk and to reflect on the past year, as well as to be thankful for another. Also, to enjoy some time for silence. The branches pruned from the trees during yesterday morning’s WINDSTORM covered the old dirt […]

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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Yosemite Falls Rainbow

I greet you from Yosemite On Christmas Eve, the guests arrived at our Yosemite View cabin with great enthusiasm. Although long time visitors to the Park, they had never spent Christmas in Yosemite. A beautiful family, Oscar, his wife, two teenage daughters, and five year old son Noah. I had to show Noah the picture […]

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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Badger Pass Is Now Open

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite. BADGER PASS is open…let’s go to the mountains…to have some fun. Winter is for enjoying the SNOW!!! Looking for WINTER RECREATION? Looking for RE-CREATION? BADGER PASS SKI RESORT is uniquely situated within Yosemite National Park. It is the oldest ski resort in California and one of the oldest in […]

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

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Yosemite’s clouds are magnificent in their beauty

Cloudy days add to the grandeur of the Park’s scenery. The mountain clouds seem to shout for joy…even when they aren’t the thunder clouds!!! Clouds inspire a “sense of wonder”!!! Nature enthusiasts and artists of all kinds love clouds. Clouds provide a dramatic touch to art and to the mountain scenery. Clouds are beautiful and […]

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Family Vacations in Yosemite are Unbeatable

Yosemite is one of those national parks seemingly made for family vacations. From striking rock formations to epic-sized trees, from abundant wildlife to bountiful outdoor recreation, this jewel of the Sierra Nevada has something to amaze all ages. Endless opportunities for family activities await—and your Scenic Wonders cabin amenities are just the icing on the […]

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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I Greet you from Yosemite

Yesterday, the trackless snow was beautiful and pristine just after the gentle snow storm. The morning sky’s beauty warmed my heart; there were gentle but still glorious clouds floating above our little community of Yosemite West. Today, the snow is covered with tracks, which tell many stories. As you learn to read tracks, a beautiful […]

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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Yosemite Winter Specials from Scenic Wonders

Winter offers some of Yosemite’s most awe-inspiring vistas and richest opportunities for outdoor fun. There’s also no cozier time to curl up in front of a roaring fire in a Scenic Wonders chalet or cottage. You’ll be excited to know we’re offering special winter rates to make it all the more affordable for you to […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Early Booking: The Key To Securing the Best Yosemite Cabins

The impeccable Scenic Wonders cabins and condos in Yosemite West offer some of the most convenient access of any vacation rentals in the Yosemite National Park area. The key to having your pick of our wonderful offerings is early booking: An early cabin rental gives you the best chance to both secure your first-choice dates […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Greetings From Yosemite

Friends, I greet you from Yosemite. “LIFE IS GOOD” when we are fully alive with “JOY” pouring forth from our hearts. Before the SNOW from the approaching winter storm would close the Glacier Point Road for the season, some Park visitors from Barcelona, Spain were “JUMPING FOR JOY” at GLACIER POINT!!! BEAUTY will enter your […]

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Celebrate the Holidays in Yosemite!

Holidays in Yosemite are extra-special ones, no doubt about it. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or any other cherished day, why not celebrate with Half Dome and El Capitan in the background? Yosemite National Park is an American icon and a global treasure, and its magnificent scenery sets the stage for a family holiday […]

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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Winter in Yosemite: 3 Must-Do Activities

                        It’s winter in Yosemite! If you’ve never seen this world-famous park draped in snowfall, you’re missing out on sublime beauty—not to mention a fantastic lineup of winter activities. And you couldn’t ask for cozier winter lodging than a Scenic Wonders cabin! Given the […]

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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A Natural Cathedral: Yosemite National Park

It may be the best known natural landmark in California. Numerous Native American tribes trace their roots to the area, tourists flock to it and postcards are mailed every day with some part of the area on the front. It is Yosemite National Park, and it has a long and colorful history en route to […]

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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8 Most Desired Cabin Accommodations

Yosemite National Park is a gem of a park in California that features unique geological formations and a large diversity of plant and wildlife. Beautiful cabins are nestled in these mountains, surrounded by natural granite and vegetative forests. Finding a cabin requires amenities, those that will make the vacation comfortable & enjoyable. Our cabins provide […]

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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Five Unexpected Summer Activities in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is an exciting and beautiful vacation destination for those visiting California. Known for its spectacular waterfalls, granite cliffs, groves of Giant Sequoia, crystal clear streams and large variety of wildlife, you can expect all the fun and activities parks of this sort offer. However, Yosemite offers several summer activities that are a […]

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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Spring & Summer Vacations in Yosemite

The extraordinary beauty of Yosemite was appreciated since the middle of the 19th century, and it was declared a National Park in 1890. Since its early days, it drew millions of visitors who came to enjoy its spectacular peaks, valleys, canyons, meadows and streams. Yosemite offers special rewards at any time of year, but most […]

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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Yosemite Accommodations for Romantic Getaways

Yosemite Accommodations for Romantic Getaways Do you and your loved one have an anniversary coming up? Or perhaps your significant other’s birthday is right around the corner? You could go with the old standards of flowers and a nice dinner out. But this year, why not try something different? If you and your loved one […]

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Which Scenic Wonders Cabins are Best for Easter Vacation?

Easter is the perfect holiday to gather the family and head to beautiful Yosemite National Park in California. With mountain views that cannot be beat and wildlife around every corner, renting a cabin at Scenic Wonders is sure to provide a unique Easter holiday that will delight every member of the family. Climber and Explorer’s […]

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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8 Steps to Planning the Perfect Yosemite Trip [Infographic]

The beauty of Yosemite National Park changes with the seasons. If you travel to Yosemite in the summer, you will experience hikes over a sun baked trail and a warm breeze that drifts through the valley. If you travel in winter, you will gaze at frost sticking to the mountains and snowflakes that fall over […]

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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Why is Yosemite Better Than Other National Parks?

The United States offers many breathtaking national parks, particularly in the western and northwestern regions. While Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon both feature exceptional natural beauty, Yosemite National Park deserves the top spot. With its incredible glaciers, natural waterfalls, glistening rivers and majestic valleys, Yosemite is the most beautiful national park beautiful in the country. […]

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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Interview With Leigh McAdam of

Leigh McAdam is the author of the popular adventure blog Her site recounts the tales of her adventures across the globe. She has been to every continent except Antarctica and a total of 54 countries. Of all the beautiful locations she’s visited, Yosemite holds a special place in her heart. We sat down with Leigh […]

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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How to Experience Ecotourism in Yosemite

The term ‘ecotourism’ is used to describe environmental awareness while traveling. People who practice ecotourism work to preserve the well-being and beauty of their vacation destination. Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful locations on Earth. There are many ways you and your family can make Yosemite eco-friendly during your stay. Stay Inside […]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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Safety Tips for Conquering Half Dome

The climb to Half Dome gives experienced hikers one of the most thrilling experiences available in Yosemite National Park. This challenging climb offers extraordinary views of Yosemite Valley and a real workout for the most experienced climbers. When hiking, safety precautions must be in place in order for the journey to be a success. Stay […]

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Yosemite Cabins with Wi-Fi

A vacation in Yosemite National Park means a chance to get away from it all. The paperwork, emails, and conference calls can wait until you get back, right? Although a totally disconnected vacation sounds ideal, it isn’t realistic for everyone. Recently one of our property owners installed Wi-Fi and DirectTV in his cabin Park Place. […]

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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Different Types of Animals You’ll See On a Hike In Yosemite

If you are planning a hiking trip to California’s Yosemite National Park, you can expect to see many different species of animals. The park is home to more than 400 types of species, including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. These are some of the unique animals you may see while hiking in the park. […]

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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Yosemite: 5 Reasons to Lodge Inside the Park vs. Outside

Yosemite National Park is a vast protected wilderness covering over 1,200 square miles of rugged mountains, towering waterfalls, and ancient forests. Yosemite’s unmatched splendor, combined with its close proximity to major metropolitan areas, makes it one of the most visited national parks in the country. There are several lodging options available to visitors, both inside […]

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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5 Tips For Hiking With Your Family

Hiking is not only a great way to spend time together as a family, but can provide the opportunity for children to get outdoors and stay active. The following tips can help make hiking a great experience for everyone. Be Cautious Near Waterfalls and Lakes: When walking with children, it’s smart to choose scenic routes that […]

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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4 Tips on Using the Bathroom in the Forest

If you’re planning on embarking on a camping trip, chances are high that you’ll be releasing your bodily waste in the wilderness. At first, many people laugh at the thought of relieving themselves because the concept makes them nervous. Going to the bathroom in the forest doesn’t have to be a challenge; with these tips […]

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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Free Yosemite Snow Play Areas Are Tons Of Fun

The drifts of pure Sierra Nevada mountain snow that pile up in Yosemite’s higher countryside seem to scream out for attention of the fun-loving kind. You can indulge your love of the white stuff in many ways in the park. Beyond skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and tracking animals, you’ve also got the family-friendly standbys of sledding, […]

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

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Legendary Winter Day Hikes In Yosemite Valley

For snow-lovers, the middle and upper elevations of Yosemite National Park beckon—from Badger Pass downhill skiing to snowshoeing through the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. But because the park’s lower terrain is often snow-free or nearly so most of the winter, hikers can usually find accessible trails rich in scenery and solitude. Here are a […]

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

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Frozen Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake is one of Yosemite’s largest and most beautiful bodies of water, familiar to many a traveler on the Tioga Road as a place to lounge, photograph, fish—even swim. During a typical winter, the lake is buried under the heaps of high-country snow characteristic of the High Sierra. However, once in a blue moon, […]

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

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A Window Into The Cultural History of Yosemite’s Native Miwok and Paiute People

On a rainy winter’s day, you could do far worse than stepping inside one of Yosemite’s interpretive centers and linking some cultural history to what you’ve been enjoying on the park’s roads and trails. The Yosemite Museum adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center—just a half-hour’s drive from your Scenic Wonders cabin—is the perfect destination […]

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Cross-country Ski 10.5 miles from Badger Pass to Glacier Point

One of Yosemite’s greatest wintertime adventures is the cross-country ski trip from Badger Pass to Glacier Point and back. A full-day out-and-back, it’s a wonderful experience for fit and experienced recreationists—and Scenic Wonders is an ideal launchpad. Badger Pass to Glacier Point: The Basics It’s 10.5 miles between the Badger Pass Ski Area and Glacier Point, […]

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

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Yosemite Falls in Winter

At Yosemite Falls, Listen For The Crash of Melting Ice Just After Sunrise

Yosemite Falls is one of Yosemite National Park’s great landmarks, and whenever it’s flowing — usually from November through July — it’s a sight to behold. It’s one of the world’s great cataracts, plunging a total of 2,425 feet down into Yosemite Valley. Winter, though, offers a very special phenomenon to the epic plunge, which […]

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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Half Dome from Curry Village Ice Rink

Yosemite Ice Skating at Curry Village

It’s that time of year again: the season to don ice skates and weave some figure-eights in the shadow of Half Dome! Yosemite National Park’s Curry Village Ice Rink is now open for the winter through the beginning of March. The outdoor rink offers some of the country’s most memorable ice-skating given its location—and the […]

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Snow Tubing at Badger Pass Ski Area

The Badger Pass Area for Snow Tubing

Badger Pass Ski Area is one of the real epicenters of outdoor recreation in Yosemite National Park, and never more so than in wintertime. Downhill and cross-country skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers all frequent the facility and its vicinity, reveling in the exhilarating slopes and miles of quiet backcountry trails. In terms of sheer outrageous enjoyment, […]

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing Glacier Point

Cross-Country Skiers and Snowshoers, Here’s A Winter Adventure In Yosemite

Few activities in Yosemite National Park can compare with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, which send you slipping quietly through the park’s magnificent forests, enjoying some wholesome exercise while reveling in grand solitude and white-wrapped scenery. Prime Spots While there are many potential spots in Yosemite for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, a few areas offer particularly […]

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

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Rain in Yosemite National Park

4 Top Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Yosemite

Rain is part of Yosemite’s seasonal cycle: Pacific weather systems rolling across the Sierra Nevada from fall to spring generate plenty of precipitation in the park—often rain at lower elevations and snow higher in the mountains. Does a leaky day in Yosemite mean ruined plans and nothing to do? Far from it! If the skies […]

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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Yosemite Tunnel View in Winter

Why Seasoned Yosemite Visitors Insist On Seeing The Park In Winter

If you’ve never seen Yosemite National Park in winter, you’re missing out on one of the most breathtaking guises the west-slope Sierras adopts all year. As the snowpack builds in the mountains and ice starts glazing at the river edges, the park eases into its quietest—and perhaps most intoxicating—season of all. Tremendous Scenery, Exhilarating Activities […]

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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Tuolumne River at lower end of Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite

Enjoy A Peaceful One-Hour Walk With A Naturalist

If you spend any time in the glorious landscapes of Yosemite National Park, you’ll probably begin wondering about the story behind the scenery. After all, this is some of the most stunning terrain you’ve ever seen: How did this Edenic flat-floored valley come to be so strikingly juxtaposed with those sheer, soaring walls of gleaming […]

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Kid's idea of fun in Yosemite

Catering to a Kid’s Idea of Fun

It’s a precious thing to be able to introduce children to Yosemite National Park. Such is the power of this place—its epic landscapes, its rich sample of Sierra Nevada ecology, its interlaced natural and human histories—that it can serve as an unforgettable gateway to a lifelong interest in wilderness. The lighter crowds and ethereal scenery […]

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Fireplace Yosemite Scenic Wonders Cabin

Kicking Back In Yosemite

You can get your blood pumping in Yosemite through any number of means—tough backcountry hikes, world-class rock-climbing, river-running, downhill skiing—but the park also lends itself to slowing down. And with its shortening days and falling temperatures, autumn is especially ideal. Here are a few fine ways to kick back, drink in the scenery, and celebrate […]

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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Hardcore Yosemite hikes

For The Hardcore Hiker

For those who like long, immersive hikes deep into epic wilderness scenery, Yosemite National Park is a world-class stomping ground. Beyond the paved paths and interpretive loops, there are hundreds of miles of tough switchbacks, ridgetop rambles, and backwoods tracks for your adventuring pleasure. The legendary John Muir, for whom the Sierra Nevada was a […]

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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November weekend in Yosemite

How To Prepare For A November Weekend In Yosemite

This is a very special time of year in Yosemite National Park, when the seasons are tangibly changing across the face of the land—and you have front-row seats to the show, with the theater often wonderfully calm and quiet. Crowds will return to Yosemite for Thanksgiving week—and, if you’re planning on coming here during that […]

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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Yosemite Scenic Wonders Cabin

How ‘Like’ Can Turn To ‘Love’

Here at Scenic Wonders, we never tire of sharing the majesty of Yosemite National Park with our guests—and with anyone near or far who appreciates the great outdoors. Indeed, our community transcends geography even as it’s united by a profound connection to the one-of-a-kind Sierra Nevada. You can become a part of the family by […]

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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El Capitan viewed from Taft Point

Look Down On El Capitan From The Dramatic Taft Point Overlook

Every visitor to Yosemite Valley thrills at the massive sheer granite face of El Capitan, which glowers down from the north upon the Merced River. One of the planet’s most impressive monoliths, El Capitan—the top of which is 3,000 feet above the valley floor—is an international legend among rock-climbers, always eager to test their mettle […]

Friday, October 25th, 2013

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Little Yosemite Fall In November

Yosemite Ought To Be On Your Short List Of Places To See This Fall

As across so much of the temperate world, autumn in the Sierra Nevada is the winding-down season—a time of reflection, transience, and piercing beauty. In Yosemite National Park, the crowds have thinned even as the weather is often exquisite and the scenery unfailingly so. In other words, our mountain kingdom should definitely be chief among […]

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

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Single Day Itinerary Grizzly Giant in Mariposa Grove

Single Day Itinerary: If You Have Only One Day To Spend In Yosemite, Do This

You could spend weeks in Yosemite and still have plenty of new country to see, but such an extended trip is a luxury most visitors rarely enjoy. Indeed, you may have but a day in Yosemite: a precious few hours to soak in this park’s internationally celebrated scenery. Well, don’t fear: Any moment in Yosemite […]

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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Yosemite From The Car

Tips For Things You Can See And Do In Yosemite From The Car

It’s wonderful to have the time and physical ability to leave your automobile behind in Yosemite National Park and strike out on foot, bicycle, ski, snowshoe, or raft. Such modes of locomotion certainly provide thrillingly intimate encounters with the park’s landscape. That said, visitors who’re basically restricted to exploring Yosemite from the car have much […]

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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Poison Oak

Avoid Poison Oak, The Bane Of Sierra Nevada Trekkers

Hikers in Yosemite’s lower and middle elevations should be aware of the presence of poison oak, a native shrub that can cause contact dermatitis. It certainly shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the park’s wilds firsthand, however. With a little awareness, you can usually avoid poison oak—and appreciate its considerable beauty from a safe distance. Poison […]

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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The Elevation In Yosemite at Glacier Point

How To Prepare For The Elevation In Yosemite

Yosemite is a mountain park: Set on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, it ranges from chaparral foothills to alpine crags. This setting translates to fantastic scenery, of course, but it also means that visitors to the park must be cognizant of effects from the elevation in Yosemite. After all, if your body’s accustomed […]

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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Fall Colors Among the Maple and Dogwood Trees

October Delivers Brilliant Fall Colors Among The Maple And Dogwood Trees

Yosemite National Park in October mesmerizes, as a combination of thinning crowds and transitioning ecosystems make for rich opportunities for adventure and nature observation. While most of Yosemite’s native trees are evergreen conifers, the park does harbor several notable broadleaf species that herald the autumnal wind-down of the year with brilliant foliage color shows. Fall […]

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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Photo walking tours in Yosemite

Sumptuous Photo Walking Tours Capture Yosemite’s Panoramic Splendor

The monumental perfection of Yosemite National Park’s landscape is enough to inspire almost anyone who experiences it firsthand to want to try to capture it—in words or images. That’s an impulse countless artists and poets have succumbed to since the first Euro-Americans glimpsed this stunning sector of the Sierra Nevada. Surely the most famous photographer […]

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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Fewer tourists at Tenaya Lake

Yosemite Now Has Amazing Scenery And Wilderness With Fewer Tourists

It’s no hyperbole to say that Yosemite National Park is stunning any time of year. That said, a mid-summer visit will be shared with plenty of other travelers: This, after all, is one of America’s most popular national parks. There are many reasons to trek to Yosemite in the off-season, and one of the standout […]

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

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Half Day Hiking Opportunities at Sentinel Dome

3 Glorious Half Day Hiking Opportunities Right Near Scenic Wonders

For those who love lacing up a pair of hiking boots and hitting the trail, Scenic Wonders is ideally positioned. You have a veritable feast of half day hiking opportunities right in the vicinity, from easy nature-path strolls to rigorous long-distance treks. Here are three options for half-day hiking adventures—gloriously close by your Scenic Wonders […]

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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The Most Common Wildlife And Plant life in Yosemite

The Most Common Wildlife And Plant Life You’ll Encounter In The Park

As stupefying as Yosemite National Park’s rock formations and titanic waterfalls are, much of the area’s magic is conjured by its living organisms. The most common wildlife and plant life in Yosemite can make the entire landscape seem especially charged with energy. Your stay with Scenic Wonders will surely be enlivened by some memorable encounters with native […]

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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Bridalveil Fall

7 Gorgeous Photos of Yosemite That Will Make You Giddy With Excitement

“A picture’s worth a thousand words.” That old adage isn’t a tired one when it comes to Yosemite National Park. The sheer scale and exquisite natural arrangement of the scenery here is impossible to fully convey through language. A photograph, too, doesn’t entirely translate the magic of the Sierra Nevada—you have to experience it firsthand […]

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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Night Sky In Yosemite

Night Sky In Yosemite: There Really Is A Milky Way!

In many parts of the developed world, the full glory of the night sky is under threat. Wasteful illumination practices from the city to the countryside allow much light to leak into the heavens, dimming the after-hours view. Yosemite National Park is a refuge for many terrestrial wildland phenomena, but its preservation function extends into […]

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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Explore Hetch Hetchy Valley

Explore Hetch Hetchy Valley In Yosemite National Park

When most people think of Yosemite National Park, they immediately envision the world-famous landscape of Yosemite Valley. That beautiful drainage, however, has a lesser-known but equally impressive counterpart to the north: the Hetch Hetchy. While you’re enjoying the charms of a Scenic Wonders cabin, make the trek to Hetch Hetchy—and introduce yourself to a whole […]

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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Yosemite Trees near Nature Center at Happy Isles

Nature Center At Happy Isles: Hands On Activities For Families With Children

Hoping to introduce young children to the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park? A great place to start is the Nature Center at Happy Isles, where they’ll learn about everything from pine cones to black bears. The nature center, an easy stroll from the Happy Isles shuttle stop, operates from May and September. It also functions […]

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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Star Trails Over Tuolumne Meadows

Star Trails Over Tuolumne Meadows

As night descends over the broad valleys, conifer woods, high meadows and sublime domes of Yosemite National Park, a celestial net of jewels brightens above. The preciousness of the park is not just its geologic formations, rich ecosystems, and backcountry wilderness, but also its gloriously dark skies. Far from light-polluting urban centers and possessing plenty […]

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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Mirror Lake has reflections of Half Dome And Mt. Watkins

Mirror Lake Offers Beautiful Reflections Of Half Dome And Mt. Watkins

Yosemite National Park is full of classic vistas, from the Tunnel View’s iconic Yosemite Valley panorama to the vast landscape display available from Glacier Point. Another of those defining prospects is Mirror Lake, a pond set along Tenaya Creek as it rolls into Yosemite Valley. The modestly sized but beautifully situated body of water is […]

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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