Property at a Glance: Yosemite's Enchanted Forest
All of the guesthouses at Yosemite's Enchanted Forest lie within the gates of Yosemite National Park, so guests are never far from the park's scenic trails and waterfalls. They're also close to downhill skiing, just six miles from the Badger Pass Ski Area. There's even a free shuttle that loops through the Yosemite Valley all year long, stopping at trailheads and other points of interest.
- Homey guesthouses: feature kitchens, gas fireplaces, large decks, and hot tubs.
- Stocked pantries and linen closets: Spices, coffee and tea, foil and plastic wrap, dish and hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, linens, and many other items are provided.
- Local wildlife: You might spot coyotes, deer, and even the occasional bear right in your backyard.
- Why visit now: Most of Yosemite's waterfalls are flowing in March and April.
Yosemite National Park: Waterfalls, Granite Peaks, and Winter Sports
At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is North America's tallest waterfall. The eponymous falls, which can be reached via a wheelchair-accessible trail, is probably the best known in Yosemite National Park, but it's not the only one. Waterfalls are one of the park's major draws—Yosemite is home to dozens of rushing falls that hit their peak flows between late February and early June.
The nearly 1,200-square-mile park in central California is known for its variety of ecosystems, ranging from scenic meadows to giant sequoia groves to towering peaks—the tallest, Mt. Lyell, stands at 13,114 feet. All are accessible by a well-maintained trail system. Some trails close in winter, but many more are open year-round. Winter months also bring ice skating, downhill skiing, and ranger-led snowshoe walks to the park.