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Seasons of Magic in Yosemite: Splendor in the Sierra Nevada

Gain a deeper understanding of Yosemite as you explore natural wonders, visit a historic hotel and learn the story of how art helped establish one of America's first national parks.
Program No. 1197RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,379
California

Seasons of Magic in Yosemite: Splendor in the Sierra Nevada

Gain a deeper understanding of Yosemite as you explore natural wonders, visit a historic hotel and learn the story of how art helped establish one of America's first national parks.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,379
Program No. 1197 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Activity Level: Outdoor: No Sweat (8)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
Starting at
1,379
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Shuttle services in Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove will not be available in 2021, this may affect your free time activities in the valley. Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias in the Sierra National Forest will be offered for Thursday's field trip.

Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
1,379
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Shuttle services in Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove will not be available in 2021, this may affect your free time activities in the valley. Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias in the Sierra National Forest will be offered for Thursday's field trip.

Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 15 - May 20, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Nov 20 - Nov 25, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Dec 27 - Jan 1, 2023
Starting at
1,449
Activity Level: Outdoor: No Sweat (8)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
Starting at
1,649
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Shuttle services in Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove will not be available in 2021, this may affect your free time activities in the valley. Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias in the Sierra National Forest will be offered for Thursday's field trip.

Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
1,649
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Shuttle services in Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove will not be available in 2021, this may affect your free time activities in the valley. Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias in the Sierra National Forest will be offered for Thursday's field trip.

Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
Starting at
1,739
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

May 15 - May 20, 2022
Starting at
1,739
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
Starting at
1,739
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Starting at
1,739
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Nov 20 - Nov 25, 2022
Starting at
1,739
Dec 27 - Jan 1, 2023
Starting at
1,739
Activity Level: Keep the Pace (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Itinerary Note

Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 4 - Sep 9, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Activity Level: Keep the Pace (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
Starting at
1,739
Itinerary Note

Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 4 - Sep 9, 2022
Starting at
1,739
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2022, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

At a Glance

Experience the ever-changing beauty of Yosemite National Park and the expansive Sierra Nevada on an extraordinary adventure. Feel the mist of Bridalveil Fall. Delight in your first glimpse of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from historic Tunnel View. Walk among towering sequoia trees. Led by an exceptional storyteller, hear the history of this legendary landscape and delve into its geology, wildlife and vegetation during fascinating field trips into Yosemite National Park.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Optional hiking up to three miles on gently sloping terrain. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Stand before natural marvels like El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls.
  • Walk trails that wind among giant sequoias, the world’s largest trees and some of the oldest living things on Earth.
  • Visit the Ansel Adams Gallery and the Native American Village and Museum.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American
by Mark Arax
A Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to the Sierra Nevada.
by Whitney, Stephen
. Stephen Whitney has taken most of the University of California Press guides and books and done an excellent job of condensing a wide range of biotic and abiotic topics. I highly recommend this guide to anyone interested in the Sierra Nevada, whether a teacher, backpacker, student, or amateur naturalist.
The Land of Little Rain
by Mary Austin
Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey
Sierra Nevada Wildflowers
by Karen Wiese
A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the Sierra Nevada
by Stephen Whitney
Secrets of the Oak Woodlands; Plants and Animals Among California's Oaks
by Kate Marianchild
The Journey Home
by Edward Abbey
The Invention of Nature; Alexander Von Humboldt's New World.
by Andrea Wulf
The Incomparable Valley: a Geologic Interpretation of the Yosemite.
by Francois E Matthes
FLO: A Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted
by Laura Wood Roper
Conifers of California
by Ronald M Lanner
Sisters of the Earth
by Lorraine Anderson
A Field Guide to Mammals
by William H Burt
"Ansel Adams and the American Landscape"
by Jonathan Spaulding
Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan
High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area.
by Rose, Gene.
Anyone who loves mountains, and especially the Sierra Nevada, will find this a great addition to the library. It documents the little known winter solo ski trip over the entire John Muir trail, from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite, by Orland Bartholemew in 1928-29. The author expertly crafts the story from old notes and a diary.
. Gloryland: A Novel.
by Johnson, Shelton
This books is roughly based on the life of his great-grandfather who was a buffalo soldier and one of those who patrolled Yosemite NP around the turn of the century to protect it from poachers, loggers, miners, etc. Born on Emancipation Day, 1863, to a sharecropping family of African and Indian blood, Elijah Yancy never lived as a slave, but his self-image as a free person is at war with his surroundings: Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the Reconstructed South. Shelton Johnson is an interpretive ranger for Yosemite National Park. His area of expertise is the Buffalo Soldiers and their influence on the early history of Yosemite and the west.
The San Joaquin – A River Betrayed
by Gene Rose
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park
by Botti, Stephen J
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park. El Portal, California:
Challenge of the Big Trees
by William C Tweed
Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections on the National Parks
by Joseph L Sax
Winter WorldL The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
by Bernd Heinrich
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures
by John Muir
Garden of the Sun: A History of the San Joaquin Valley: 1772-1939.
by Wallace Smith
Assembling California
by John McPhee
Sierra Nevada Natural History: An Illustrated Handbook.
by Tracy I Storer
The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park
by King N Huber
Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada.
by Spencer, Shirley.
While the trees of Yosemite thrill visitors and the wildflowers often steal the show, every year the blue elderberry, the snowberry, the American dogwood, and dozens of other shrubs bloom in a glory all their own. This lovely volume, with inspired watercolors showing the fruit, flowers, and foliage of the plants, pays these shrubs full homage. Complete with useful information for plant identification, this book serves as a welcome and needed introduction to some of Yosemite's wildflowers.
Gloryland: A Novel
by Shelton Johnson
Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by jared Diamond
Mountain Sage
by Elizabeth Stone O'Neill
Oaks of California
by Bruce M Pavlik
Westering ManL The Life of Joseph Walker
by Bil Gilbert
Touch the Earth: A Self-Portrait of the Indian Existence
by McLuhan, T. C.
The Earth Speaks: An Acclimatization Journal
by Steve Van Matre
The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite
by Michael Frye
www.michaelfrye.com
William Neill Blog
by http://www.williamneill.com/blog/
Galen Clark: Yosemite Guardian
by Shirley Sargent
The Secret Knowledge of Water
by Craig Childs
My First Summer in the Sierra
by Muir, John.
The first of John Muir's books. This inspirational book allows the reader to understand John Muir's desire to protect and preserve Yosemite.
Black Elk Speaks
by John Neihardt
A Sand County Almanac
by Aldo Leopold
Field Guide to Birds of North America
by John W Fitzpatrick
The Hour of Land; A Personal Topography of America's National Parks.
by Terry Tempest Williams
Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada
by Shirley Spencer
Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada
by Clarence King
Yosemite: Volume One
by William Neill
Our expert instructor highly recommends William Neill's blog and ebook. Find the blog at www.williamneill.com/blog/ and Find his ebook at www.williamneill.com/store/ebooks/yosemite-volume1/index.html
On the Loose
by Jerry & Renny Russell
They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush
by Jo Ann Levy
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park.
by Huber, N. King.
Geologic History of Yosemite
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds.
by Scott Weidensaul
Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture, and Conflict in the Changing West
by Timothy Duane
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures.
by Muir, John.
Short stories from John Muir that creates an understanding of John Muir.
Up and Down California in 1860-1864: The Journal of William H Brewer
by William Brewer
The Education of Little Tree
by Forrest Carter
Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley
by Laird R Blackwell
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
A Journal of Ramblings Through the High Sierra of California by the University Excursion Party
by Joseph Le Conte
History of the Sierra Nevada
by Francis Farqhar
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water
by Marc Reisner
Uncertain Path; A Search for the Future of National Parks
by William C Tweed
Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome
by Bob Madgic
My First Summer in the Sierra
by John Muir
Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West
by Dale L Morgan
High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area
by Gene Rose
Nature’s Army: When Soldiers Fought for Yosemite
by Harvey Meyerson





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