Complete Guide to Yosemite


The first effort to protect the area that is now Yosemite National Park was actually done by President Abraham Lincoln (a pretty influential person in American history) who signed a bill to protect parts of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa grove of Sequoia trees.

John Muir, one of the best known American environmentalists,




Park Service Horse Facilities

Two-hour, four-hour, and all-day rides are available at the stables in Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Tuolumne Meadows. Children must be at least 7 years old and 44″ tall. Maximum weight is 225 lbs.

  • For reservations, call:
    • Valley Stables – (209) 372-8326
    • Tuolumne Meadows Stables – (209) 372-8427
    • Wawona Stables – (209) 375-6502

High Sierra Camp Saddle Trips

For a more thorough back country experience, join one of this company’s organized saddle trips — with mules. 4-6 day treks leave from Tuolumne Stables and are led by experienced guide/packers who handle the details. They pack all the gear, feed and care for the stock and provide park pointers and lore along the way.

The maximum weight limit is 225 pounds per saddle (including rider). Personal necessities (15 pound limit per person) are carried on a pack mule. These trips are usually available July-September when weather and trail conditions permit.

Aspen Meadows
Phone – Call us Summer or Winter: (209) 965-3402

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3403
Sonora, CA 95370

Horseback Riding Kennedy Meadows

Guided Trail Rides, resort and pack station located 60 miles east of Sonora. Provides campgrounds, cabins, general store, restaurant, and horseback riding amenities.

Kennedy Meadows
Phone – Call us Summer or Winter: (209) 965-3900

Address California 108,
Sonora, CA 95370

NOTE: Horses are available beginning Memorial Day weekend.

They offer shorter trips for the less experienced, or the people who just want a short trip. Day rides are the way to go if you want to have a longer ride, and still have time to have a picnic, and fish or hike around the wilderness.




For over 40 years Gold Prospecting Adventures has offered an exciting variety of gold mining adventures. We know (and will share) the real secrets of successful prospecting. And the gold is here, participants have taken out over 300 ounces of gold from the one hole at our Jimtown 1849 Gold Mining Camp.

Whether you are a family looking for a fun and interesting way to spend a few hours on your way to Yosemite, a real adventurer, seeking the true secrets to successful prospecting, or a group organize, planning your next tour. we have the trip for you.

Be our guest, come to Jamestown, live the adventure and take home some gold.

Email: Toll Free Reservations: (800)-596-0009




Great golf courses abound in the Sierra foothills. The variety of landscapes and views, with varied degrees of challenge, have something to offer all levels of golfers. We recommend the local Twain Harte Golf Course and Mountain Springs Golf Course.

Mountain Springs Golf Club is ideally located above the fog and below the snow in historic Sonora, California. Play this scenic 18-hole Robert Muir Graves designed championship course while enjoying the Gold Country and the scenic beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills.



We have both large and small lakes that are ideal for those who want to water ski, fish, sail, canoe or houseboat. Boating in the High Sierras can be enjoyed throughout the four seasons. Area lakes include New Melones, Pinecrest, Lake Tulloch, Lake Don Pedro and more!

At Don Pedro you’ll find nearly 160 miles of shoreline as well as excellent fishing opportunities year-round. Boating and water sports of all types are also popular across the lake including houseboat rentals available at two Forever Resorts marinas on the lake: Lake Don Pedro Marina and Moccasin Point Marina.


Don Pedro Marina: (209) 852-2369

Houseboat & Boat Rental Reservations: (toll free) 1-800-709-7814

Mailing Address: 11500 Bonds Flat Road, La Grange California 95329-9444