Sierra Nevada Motorsports Sierra Jeep Tours is now Sierra Nevada Motorsports. Tour the Sierra National Forest Near Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake. Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:19:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 174016934 A Day in Yosemite – Where to Eat Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:08:38 +0000 Dining options may not be something on your mind when planning your vacation to Yosemite. We highly recommend thinking in advance about where you might like to eat in this beautiful park.

We have put together a list of the top places to eat on your trip to Yosemite to make your planning a little easier!

1. The Majestic Yosemite Dining Room – In Yosemite Valley $$$
For those people who want to make sure that their vacation in Yosemite is extra special, The Majestic Yosemite Dining Room is the ideal choice. A traditional American restaurant, yet in an incredible setting. Old school, with a modern approach to amazing dining, here you will find the perfect combination of glamour and delicious food. This is the best restaurant option to eat at in the park!

2. Jackalope’s Bar and Grill – On the Way to Yosemite Hwy 41 $$
Like the idea of being able to kick back and relax, whilst still eating delicious and perfectly cooked food? Check out Jackalope’s at the gorgeous Tenaya Lodge. Here you will find made to order burgers, salads, sandwiches and even vegan and vegetarian options, most of which are prepared using local ingredients.

3. Do it yourself $
Pack yourself a picnic and enjoy the stunning landscape and variety of wildlife! Places to stop to grab food to pack are several grocery stores in Oakhurst, CA and the General Store in Fish Camp, CA on your way on Hwy 41.

4. Don’t Forget Dessert!
After you have had a full day in Yosemite and some great food, let us drive you and head off-roading with us up to Star Lakes at sunset and roast some S’mores by the campfire while watching the sunset across Yosemite!

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Bringing Your Furry Friends to Yosemite – Pet Friendly Hotels Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:44:32 +0000 Experience a Yosemite vacation with your furry family, all thanks to these pet friendly hotels!

We all love our pets, they form an important part of our family that we love just as much as our non-furry members. This can make going on vacations difficult, particularly if you are not keen on leaving them behind.

Thankfully, there are a number of hotels in the Yosemite area that know the importance of being pet-friendly. With so many great walks that you can take, as well as amazing areas to explore with your canine pal, it comes as no surprise that some hotels are more than happy to accept pets along with human guests.

Wawona Campground

Whilst you may want to stay in a hotel or cabin during your Yosemite vacation, some people are more than happy to pack up the tent and camp. One of the best pet friendly campsites in the area is the Wawona Campground. This campground can be found within the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and is only a 45 minute drive from the valley.

Not only is it scenic, but it is also a site with plenty of facilities too and accepts big dogs and multiple pets too!

Yosemite Scenic Wonders

If you like the idea of being able to snuggle up in the evening after a hard day exploring the Yosemite area, then this is the choice for you. Yosemite Scenic Wonders has many cabins you can choose to stay in!

They are fitted with everything that you could need during your stay and are not only a great base for you, but for your dog too!

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Based in Fish Camp, this accommodation is ideal not only for families but for those who have pets too. A pet friendly hotel resort that is also a luxurious place to stay, you will be closed to all the natural beauty that Yosemite has to offer, whilst also having an amazing place that you can call your base during your Yosemite Vacation.

Not only does Tenaya Lodge accept dogs, but it also goes one step further and becomes somewhat of a holiday for your dog too. It offers dog sitting, pet beds and even a doggy spa where they can be treated to a lovely massage.

The Pines Resort

For those who want to stay in Bass Lake with their pet then The Pines Resort is a great option. Featuring a number of mountain chalets and lakefront lakes these are fully furnished and equipped pet friendly accommodation that is not only within a beautiful area but is also based a short walk away from the lake itself and the activities and restaurants that you will find there.

So, as you can see, there are a number of different pet friendly hotels and cabins that you can stay in during your Yosemite vacation. All of which means that you can enjoy your break, without worrying about leaving your pet.

Why not book your Yosemite vacation by staying in one of these pet friendly hotels and accommodation? Not only can you experience the wonder of the area yourself, but also you can enjoy it all with your beloved pet too! Then head on a tour with us and your furry friend!!

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Fun Things to Do in Bass Lake, CA Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:54:01 +0000 Fun things to do in Bass Lake, CA on your vacation to Yosemite

Who doesn’t love the idea of spending some time by a beautiful lake? No matter what you do, lakes are a fantastic location for a variety of fun and family based activities which can help you to not only feel closer to nature, but also closer to one another too.

If you are planning a Yosemite vacation for you and your family, then you will be happy to know that you can spend some time at local Lake with lots of fun activities – a short 30 minute drive from the southgate entrance to Yosemite. Some people may decide to lay out a picnic blanket and just watch the world go by, however, if you are looking for something a little more active, then you will find a variety of things to do at Bass Lake and during your Yosemite Vacation.


Bass Lake, CA

There is something pretty thrilling about being able to take to the water and get active. Thankfully at Bass Lake there are a number of different water sport companies that offer up a number of different ways to get a little wet. For those who want to take a gentler pace then you may want to try out a kayak or canoe, or if you are feeling a little braver, then there is also the option for paddle boarding or simply taking a swim.

Hiking Trails

Fancy being able to explore the lake on your own two feet? If you do then there are a number of trails that you can try out. These take you into the Sierra National Forest which means that you can not only get some great views of the lake, but also the woodland too. There are trails for those who want to take a gentle walk and trails for those who are ready to take on something a little more challenging.


It seems silly to be surrounded by so much water and not try your hand at fishing. Much like the watersports, there are a number of places that you can hire fishing equipment from and in no time at all you will be seeing what you can catch. The lake is known to contain snag bass, rainbow trout, and even more varieties of fish. It is important to remember that if you are over 16 then you will require a fishing licence.


Have a BBQ

If you’d rather chill out and spend some quality time with your loved ones relax by the shoreside at Bass Lake. Why not make up a picnic, grab a blanket or two and simply sit by the lake and enjoy the amazing view?

Not only does it mean that you can sample the beauty of Bass Lake, but that you may also see some of the local wildlife that Yosemite has to offer. There really is nothing better than that!


And as always if you are up for even more adventure, head off-roading with us to Bass Lake Lookout on a 4×4 Jeep Tour!

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Don’t let the cold stop you! Fun things to do in Yosemite during winter Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:22:50 +0000 We are all guilty of hiding away when the weather turns cold and grey. It can be less than tempting to go outside and instead opting for hiding away at home with a blanket and a warm drink.

Vacationing to Yosemite in the winter months, as, just as it is in the summer, this is a stunning natural landscape that is the ideal place to explore. We have put together our list of fun things that are ideal to do in Yosemite when the weather is cold.

Yosemite Falls

Pay a visit to Lower Yosemite Fall

One of the fewer all year round trails that you will find in Yosemite. Not only is this walk stroller and wheelchair friendly, but it is also only 1 mile long, which means that you can walk it without having to spend too much tine out in the cold. It is said, if you head around the loop early in the morning then you might be able to hear the ice breaking off of the water from the fall — it’s true we’ve heard it!!



Slip and slide with ice skating at Curry Village 

Ice Skating in Curry Village

Ice Skating in Curry Village

Open between November and March, the ice skating rink at Curry Village has been around since 1928. Not only is there a fantastic ice skating rink which all the family can enjoy, but once you have spent time on the ice, then you might want to enjoy s’mores, apple cider, coffee and hot chocolate in the warm!



Sledding at Crane Flat Campground

Another slipping and sliding option for you to choose from is Sledding at Crane Flat Campground. Found on the Big Oak Flat Road, this area is closed to any campers between mid December and March. This means that there is plenty of room for the sled to run seven days a week. Visitors are asked to bring their own sleds, and many families will also bring a picnic and make a day of it. After all, you are in the most wonderful setting surrounded by cedars and pines.

Mirror Lake in Winter

Mirror Lake

Hike to mirror lake

If you are feeling adventurous, and full of energy, then you might want to try out the 3 mile hike to mirror lake. You will need to leave the car at the Yosemite Valley Stables parking lot. You may find, depending on the weather, that the lake is completely frozen over, which looks lovely and is the ideal photo opportunity.


Take a Ride with Sierra Jeep Tours

Last, but certainly not least, head off-roading with us into the forest in all it’s winter beauty! Go in a Jeep to the Sequoia Grove with us or take a snow track tour in our Viking! Find out more about these tours HERE

Rather than having nothing to do in the cold winter months, plan a vacation to Yosemite and see all it’s beauty covered in snow! There are plenty of ways that you can have fun and explore the area.

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Where to Find Redwood Trees in Yosemite Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:01:45 +0000 If there is just one reason why people visit National Parks, it has to be to discover some of the amazing trees and plantlife that call it their home. One of the most popular types of trees that people seek out is the magnificent Redwood trees. But why is this? What makes Redwood trees so popular? Where can you find Redwoods in Yosemite on your vacation?

What are Redwoods and what are Giant Sequoia’s? 

Stand in a Sequoia at the Grove

If you are not an expert in trees, then chances are that you won’t be able to tell the difference between theRedwood trees and the Giant Sequoia’s. This is because as far as tree’s go, they are closely related. However, despite this, they do have some major differences that help you to differentiate between the two.

The main difference has to be the location in which they grow. The Redwood tree grows near the Pacific Ocean, which is along Northern California, particularly focused on the coast line where they can be found in a belt around 450 miles long and 15 miles wide.

The Giant Sequoia tree, which is the largest tree in the world, can be found in other places throughout California. In fact, these are the trees that we are proud to grow here at Yosemite. The redwood trees sometimes grow taller than Sequoias, but Giant Sequoia Trees beat redwoods in size by volume. They are much larger in diameter at the base which makes them qualify as the largest tree in the world.

Where can you find Giant Sequoia trees in Yosemite?

Are you thinking that you would like to find the largest tree in the world? Well, then you need to head to Yosemite to see some of the best Giant Sequoias in the world along with all of Yosemite’s beauty.

For the Moderate Explorer

The most popular one has to be Mariposa Grove. This particular grove is found within the National Park in the South Entrance, and can be visited from Spring right through to Fall. The parking lot can get full so make sure to head here early!

For the Experienced Hiker

The other two groves whereby you can find Giant Sequoia trees in Yosemite is Tuolumne and Merced Groves. These are both located near Crane Flat. To get to these quieter groves you will need to remember that there are no roads which will take you into these groves and it is going to take around 2/3 miles of hiking at a reasonable elevation before you will be able to see the sequoia trees.

For the 4×4 Enthusiast and Beginner Hiker – our Secluded Grove

Redwood Tree Winter 2016

If you like the idea of heading to a quieter and more secluded grove, then book and head off to one of themost secluded groves near Yosemite, with a little help from us at Sierra Jeep Tours. We run year round, no matter what the weather is, snow, rain or shine and make sure that you get an amazing tour of some of the most beautiful trees that you will find on this Earth! On our mile long trail you will see 8 Sequoias towering over the landscape. Interested in the is tour? Click Here to book your tour today!

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4 Easy Hikes to Do on Your Yosemite Vacation Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:43:12 +0000 There are a number of reasons to visit Yosemite, it could be to escape to the countryside, to spend some quality time together or simply to be able to get out in the fresh and beautiful air. Here at Sierra Jeep Tours we love being based just outside of Yosemite, and one reason for this is because there is nothing better than being able to explore the local area.

If you would rather get out and about on your own two feet, then we have put together 4 easy hikes that you can do during your Yosemite vacation. The ideal way to see the beautiful natural surroundings, despite not being an expert in hiking.

Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

Lower Yosemite Falls

Photo Credit

One of the most beautiful views that you can see in Yosemite is the Yosemite Falls. Part of the tallest waterfall in North America, Lower Yosemite Fall is a 320 foot drop that can be rather impressive to see in the flesh. If you want the very best vantage point for the fall, then we recommend that you try out this 1 mile looped trail that should only take you around 30 minutes. Not only can you see some amazing views, but along the walk you will also be able to learn more about natural and the cultural history of the area.

Cook’s Meadow Loop

Photo by Michael Frye

With so much to see in the Yosemite area, it can be hard to plan in to see it all. One great way that you can try to take it all in is to arrange to tackle the Cook’s Meadow Loop. This trail gives you the opportunity to walk through the heart of it all. This includes the Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock and the Royal Arches. A large and open meadow walk, it is not only short at just 1 mile, but it is also flat too. Which is ideal if you are with your family.

Mirror Lake Trail

If you are feeling ready to tackle a slightly trickier trail, then the Mirror Lake Trail is the ideal choice. This easy to moderate walk is a great way to be able to see the Tenaya Canyon, Mount Watkins and the Washington Column too. At 2 miles, it is longer than some of the other walks and features some elevation along the way. If you are feeling really adventurous then you can also extend this to 5 miles if you take a walk around the full loop, rather then just tackling the lake.

Giant Sequoia Trail

If you want to see Giant Sequoias then Yosemite will not disappoint! You can go to Mariposa Grove, the most popular grove in our area and hike to see these giants. If you want a private and off-roading experience, head out with us on a fun 4×4 trail where we drive you out into the middle of the Sierras to a quiet and isolated Sequoia Grove. Hike an easy 1 mile loop with us and see 8 immense trees along a gorgeous creek. Unlike the Yosemite Sequoia Trails, get up close and touch these trees! After a nice hike we will head back on the fun 4×4 trail back to town. Weather doesn’t stop us on this tour! We head out year round and even go 4×4 Jeeping in the snow! Check out the Tour Here



These are just some of the fantastic hikes that you can try out during your Yosemite vacation. So, make sure that you grab your hiking boots and in no time at all you will find yourself out in the fresh air and exploring the beauty of the area with your very own eyes!

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Places to Stay Near Yosemite National Park Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:22:55 +0000 When you are booking your vacation to Yosemite, we think the best place to stay is at the the Southgate entrance to the park. There are lots of additional activities to do on our side to add to your vacation here. You can choose to stay in Yosemite National Park or just outside in the Sierras.

TENAYA LODGE – Fish Camp, CA $$$

Tenaya Lodge is a large resort just 1 mile from the southgate entrance to Yosemite and .5 mile from Sierra Jeep Tours. They are family and pet friendly! Summer rates range from $225 to $445 a night.





Add some lake time to your Yosemite vacation and stay at Bass Lake just 20 minutes from the southgate entrance to Yosemite. Summer rates range from $99-$299 per night.

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