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Seasons of Magic in Yosemite: Splendor in the Sierra Nevada

Program No. 1197RJ
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
Rating (4.84)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,549

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Activity Level: Outdoor: No Sweat (7)
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May 7 - May 12, 2023
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1,599
May 14 - May 19, 2023
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May 21 - May 26, 2023
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Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
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Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
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Nov 19 - Nov 24, 2023
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Dec 27 - Jan 1, 2024
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1,699
Activity Level: Outdoor: No Sweat (7)
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May 7 - May 12, 2023
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1,899
May 14 - May 19, 2023
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1,899
May 21 - May 26, 2023
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1,899
Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
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1,899
Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
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1,899
Nov 19 - Nov 24, 2023
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1,849
Dec 27 - Jan 1, 2024
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1,999
Activity Level: Keep the Pace (2)
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Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2023
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1,599
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
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Activity Level: Keep the Pace (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
1,899

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 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Stand before 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 Native American Village.

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.
Secrets of the Oak Woodlands; Plants and Animals Among California's Oaks
by Kate Marianchild
On the Loose
by Jerry & Renny Russell
The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite
by Michael Frye
www.michaelfrye.com
Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections on the National Parks
by Joseph L Sax
A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the Sierra Nevada
by Stephen Whitney
Galen Clark: Yosemite Guardian
by Shirley Sargent
The Invention of Nature; Alexander Von Humboldt's New World.
by Andrea Wulf
Touch the Earth: A Self-Portrait of the Indian Existence
by McLuhan, T. C.
Oaks of California
by Bruce M Pavlik
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds.
by Scott Weidensaul
High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area
by Gene Rose
The Hour of Land; A Personal Topography of America's National Parks.
by Terry Tempest Williams
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 Education of Little Tree
by Forrest Carter
The Incomparable Valley: a Geologic Interpretation of the Yosemite.
by Francois E Matthes
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
The Earth Speaks: An Acclimatization Journal
by Steve Van Matre
Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley
by Laird R Blackwell
A Sand County Almanac
by Aldo Leopold
My First Summer in the Sierra
by John Muir
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.
A Field Guide to Mammals
by William H Burt
Uncertain Path; A Search for the Future of National Parks
by William C Tweed
"Ansel Adams and the American Landscape"
by Jonathan Spaulding
Black Elk Speaks
by John Neihardt
Assembling California
by John McPhee
Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome
by Bob Madgic
The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley
Up and Down California in 1860-1864: The Journal of William H Brewer
by William Brewer
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by jared Diamond
The Journey Home
by Edward Abbey
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.
Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey
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.
The Secret Knowledge of Water
by Craig Childs
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures
by John Muir
William Neill Blog
by http://www.williamneill.com/blog/
The Land of Little Rain
by Mary Austin
Winter WorldL The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
by Bernd Heinrich
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park
by Botti, Stephen J
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park. El Portal, California:
Gloryland: A Novel
by Shelton Johnson
Sisters of the Earth
by Lorraine Anderson
Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West
by Dale L Morgan
Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada
by Shirley Spencer
They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush
by Jo Ann Levy
The San Joaquin – A River Betrayed
by Gene Rose
Westering ManL The Life of Joseph Walker
by Bil Gilbert
FLO: A Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted
by Laura Wood Roper
Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky
Field Guide to Birds of North America
by John W Fitzpatrick
Conifers of California
by Ronald M Lanner
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.
Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture, and Conflict in the Changing West
by Timothy Duane
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park.
by Huber, N. King.
Geologic History of Yosemite
Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park
by King N Huber
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
. 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.
Challenge of the Big Trees
by William C Tweed
Nature’s Army: When Soldiers Fought for Yosemite
by Harvey Meyerson
Sierra Nevada Wildflowers
by Karen Wiese
Mountain Sage
by Elizabeth Stone O'Neill
Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada
by Clarence King
The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American
by Mark Arax
A Journal of Ramblings Through the High Sierra of California by the University Excursion Party
by Joseph Le Conte
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water
by Marc Reisner
Garden of the Sun: A History of the San Joaquin Valley: 1772-1939.
by Wallace Smith
Sierra Nevada Natural History: An Illustrated Handbook.
by Tracy I Storer
History of the Sierra Nevada
by Francis Farqhar





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