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Things to Do in Oakhurst, California

On your way to Yosemite, there are lots of things to do in Oakhurst, California! Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Oakhurst is an outpost along the way to the world-famous Yosemite National Park, which is more than just a stop along the way. Expect small town charm surrounded by beautiful views.

Oakhurst is located along the Fresno River, just south of the southern entrance to Yosemite. Formerly Fresno Flats, Oakhurst’s population grew as lumber companies began to set up in the area. When Yosemite became the country’s third national park, this picturesque town began to welcome visitors from around the world.

We are also connected to the other gold rush towns by scenic Highway 49! Oakhurst is the southern end of this historic route, named after the immigrants who came looking for gold. Highway 49 weaves north from near the hotel, through towns, mountains, parks, forests, wineries, and so many more things to do near Oakhurst, CA.  

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Bass Lake

 Bass Lake, CA 93604, USA

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Dive into this lake in Sierra National Forest just a few miles away. With its high elevation and relatively shallow waters, the bright blue waters are warm all summer long. If it’s too hot, enjoy the shade of the towering pines that line the lake. In addition to public swimming, you can hire a fishing charter, go water skiing, or wakeboarding. Head out from the lake and hike Willow Creek Trail, passing by waterfalls and wildlife along the way.

Sugar Pine Railroad

 56001 California 41, Fish Camp, California 93623

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Ride this historic steam engine through the woodlands of the Sierra National Forest and experience the area's rich logging history and natural beauty. Hop aboard a powerful steam locomotive that once carried log and timber through the mountain and valleys of the High Sierra. Perfect for kids and train lovers of all ages! The railroad is located in Fish Camp, on the way into Yosemite.

Chukchansi Casino

 711 Lucky Ln, Coarsegold, California 93614  

Try your luck at Chukchansi Casino, a world-class casino close to the park and a high stakes thing to do near Oakhurst, CA. Play to win with 1,800 slot machines and 36 tables with games of chance. Combine the serene beauty of Sierra Nevada with high stakes games and lots of fun. If you need a bite to eat, stop by the casino’s multiple restaurants, or escape to the spa for mind and body rejuvenation.

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, formerly Badger Pass

 7082 Glacier Point Rd, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389, USA

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Badger Pass Ski Area is located within Yosemite National Park, and is one of the only lift-serviced ski areas in any national park. It has groomed backcountry trails for cross-country skiers and 10 downhill runs. You can also set out from Badger Pass on an epic hike or cross-country trek across 21 miles, with epic views of Yosemite.

For an unbelievable adventure close to thrilling things to do in Oakhurst, California, book your stay at our charming hotel!

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