Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Yosemite National Park, California, United States of America
At a Glance
Located two miles from Yosemite's South Gate
Perfect for those that want wilderness by day and creature comforts by night
Main lodge rooms and woodland cottage accommodations
Ascent Spa features 12 sumptuous treatment rooms
Close to Bass Lake, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
From June to September, the entire park is accessible, all visitor facilities are open and Yosemite is at its busiest.
Crowds are smallest in winter but road closures (most notably of Tioga Rd, but also of Glacier Point Rd beyond Badger Pass Ski Area) mean that activity is concentrated in the valley and on Badger Pass. Visitor facilities are scaled down to a bare minimum and most campgrounds are closed and other lodging options limited. Winter in Yosemite starts with the first heavy snowfall, which can be as early as October, and often lasts until May.
Spring and fall are the nicest times to visit Yosemite. In May and June, the park’s waterfalls - fed by the snowmelt - are at their most spectacular, while late August to October bring fewer people, a rainbow of Fall foliage and crisp, clear weather. Waterfalls, however, have usually slowed to a trickle by that time.
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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is located at the national park's South Gate, with all the creature comforts of a full-service resort, the Lodge organizes outdoor adventures from horse riding, hiking and biking to winter wonderland ice skating and sleigh rides.
Set against the inspiring backdrop of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada, Tenaya Lodge is one of Yosemite's largest resorts with all the creature comforts you might long for after a day out in the wilderness. Tenaya Lodge has a warm and inviting atmosphere and a dedicated activities concierge team to help you plan outdoor adventures. Hike up to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park and picnic in Tuolumne Meadows, walk among the giant redwoods at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, kayak at Bass Lake horseback ride at Yosemite Trails Pack Station.
Combine outdoor adventure with comfortable accommodations that include suites and cottages. All feature individual climate control, internet access, luxurious down bedding, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, remote-control cable television with Nintendo and movies to order.
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite has five different eateries - from upscale Embers to the casual Timberloft Pizzeria - there's something to suit all tastes. After a hard day out in the park, cool off in the resort's swimming pool, roast s'mores by the fire or indulge in a massage and sauna at Ascent Spa.
Tenaya Lodge features spacious guest rooms and luxurious suites within the main Lodge. All rooms are tastefully decorated and have customized amenities. Rooms have quality linens, individual climate controls, high speed internet access, comfortable reading chairs and cable TV. Rooms start from deluxe rooms with king or twin beds to rest your heads all the way up to luxury suites with balconies, fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs for a little bit of alpine luxury.
The Cottages at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite are among the newer additions to the Lodge. The ideal Yosemite lodging option for couples or guests seeking a little added privacy, the Cottages are situated in a sugar pine forest secluded from the main resort – but still offer easy access to all the amenities, activities, and services at the main Tenaya Lodge building just a short walk across the property.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at Tenaya Lodge. There is a babysitting service which provides childcare for children up to the age of 12 years available from 8am to 10pm daily. Prior notice must be given. The restaurants can also cater to younger tastes.
The Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge is the resort's new 10,000-square-foot spa where guests can relax and rejuvenate. There are two 18-meter heated pools, perfect to soothe tired muscles after a long day on the trails. In addition, there are four spa hot tubs located across the property. The fitness center is well-equipped with state of the art gym equipment. The facility offers lockers, showers, towel service, large indoor and outdoor pools and men's and women's steam rooms and saunas.
There are five restaurants at Tenaya Lodge. Embers is a fine dining restaurant serving delicious fish, beef and game dishes in particular. Sierra with its spacious environment focuses on alpine cuisine. Jackalope's Bar & Grill is a casual affair with its pub like ambiance, the menu mostly consists of grilled burgers, sandwiches and specialty sandwiches. Timberloft Pizzeria is especially popular with families with its tempting pizza menu. Parkside delhi is a great place to enjoy a light snack or something sweet. During the summer, Summerdale BBQ is a fun dining option where you can gather round the BBQ for a hearty meal and some socialising.
Guests experience the best of the High Sierra during the summer months. From fly fishing, historic steam-train rides and river rafting to nature hikes through the heart of Yosemite to rock climbing and water sports. During the warmest and longest daylight hours of the year, guests can enjoy the park to the full. In winter, Yosemite turns into a winter wonderland with ice-skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and s'mores around the fire.
Holly Brightwell (Staff)
Nestled in the woods the hotel doesn't stand out from the outside but is a really pleasant treat inside. Recently renovated the entrance is cosy and welcoming. The hotel feels resort like, and may not be for everyone but a great choice for families and children who don't want the self catering experience. We advise booking the hotel restaurants in advance as there are only three and the hotel has a lot of rooms.
Get your zip on! Line 1 starts with a gentle introduction to ziplining, and by line 6 you'll be flying along 1000 feet of line above tree tops and the sierra foothills. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour adventure above Mariposa's beautiful countryside.
Your free time in Yosemite - Scott Dunn Suggests
Walking and biking are the most popular ways to see Yosemite, with self-guide trail maps issued at the entrance. Wardens at the visitors center can advise on activities & the newspaper will tell you what's going on from star-gazing to wildlife talks!
Location & directions
Yosemite National Park, California, United States of America
Set two miles from Yosemite National Park's southern gate, surrounded by noble evergreen forest in the Sierra Mountain Range.
How to get there
11-hour 15-minute direct flight from London to San Francisco, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. By car, the Lodge is about 4.5-hours south of San Francisco International Airport.