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.
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Program No. 1197RJ
6 days
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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
Keep the Pace
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 single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). If Glacier Point road is closed due to snow, Yosemite Falls and Columbia Rock destinations on the Valley Floor will be offered.
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Shirley Spencer
Shirley Spencer has lived and work in the Sierra Nevada since 1979, and taught at the Yosemite Institute since 1986. She also instructs at other locations including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Canyonland and Arches National Parks. An avid hiker, backpacker, skier, scuba diver and mountaineer, Shirley teaches rock climbing with husband Mark. She is also an accomplished watercolor painter, vocalist, guitarist and organic farmer.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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