by Courtney Elko
Opened in June 2016, Rush Creek Lodge is Yosemite’s first new resort in more than 25 years. Families will love the large outdoor, seasonal saltwater pool and the large family hot tub (adults only hot tubs are available too) which are open year round. A fire pit overlooks the pool area and is a perfect spot to relax at the end of the day. There’s live entertainment, summer concerts and theme parties and daily, complimentary activities like tie dying, S’mores, nature crafts and family movie nights and plenty of indoor games like shuffleboard and bumper pool.
The lodge’s guestrooms, suites and villas offer modern amenities in a rustic decor and outdoor deck space. A sleeper sofa, gas fireplace and mini-fridge are available in many of the rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Families can enjoy meals poolside, in the tavern or in the restaurant.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor saltwater pool
- Yosemite National Park
- Daily family-friendly activities
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
This place was awesome from the pool and games room to the restaurant, tavern and poolside bbqs to the tours (Wonders of Yosemite and Stargazing) and great general store, and everything in between. Our family of three (mum, dad and 8yo son) stayed in a lodge room, which was a great size and perfect for us. The staff were so friendly and helpful, and obviously well trained to deliver a memorable experience.
Our only disappointment was that we couldn't stay longer. We're definitely planning a return visit as, despite the great full day tour, we didn't even touch the sides of what Yosemite has to offer.
Oh, and if you need to drive back to LA, and the Tioga Pass is open make sure you make the effort to go this way. The rec desk staff recommended it and it was an exceptional, if long, drive. Worth the time and extra milage!
It’s about 30 minutes from the valley floor. It’s really no big deal to drive down in the morning. We did the falls first to beat the traffic in the valley.
Breakfast menu has a wide range and was excellent. We also enjoyed 2 pool barbecues.
Family games are the order of the day at Rush Creek in the evening. Separate games room. Lots of table games, pool etc.
Great for some post hiking sun / beer. Busy scene but good fun. Open late too.
Cool play park. Slides and zip wires etc. ????????
Choose from close to play park or other side and quieter. Super clean. Two floors. 4 guestrooms per block.
None in the rooms. Talk to each other! Or Alexa.
Wi-Fi was good.
Some standout members of staff. Lance for a fab guided tour. He spoiled our kids and really engaged for a great day out. Karen at reception for sorting out my problems. Actually; everyone was cool. Thanks!
Surprisingly good well stocked shop.
Book in advance.