AFAR: Coming to Yosemite National Park: New Outdoor-Focused Lodges and Glamping Resorts

By Bailey Berg, May 7, 2024

The brand-new Firefall Ranch opens its doors on May 8, 2024, and it’s named after the natural phenomenon that happens each February when the setting sun hits Yosemite’s Horsetail Falls at just the right angle, causing the water to appear as though it were ablaze.

The resort—from the same team behind the family-friendly properties Evergreen Lodge and Rush Creek Lodge and Spa—is located in Groveland a few minutes’ drive from Yosemite’s northwest entrance. It features 55 stand-alone cottages and villas, all in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations. Each accommodation includes a sitting area (with an additional queen sofa bed), an indoor/outdoor gas fireplace, and a private deck overlooking 300 acres of meadowland and forested rolling hills. Guests have three dining options: a General Store (where coffee, grab-and-go lunches, and snacks are on offer), the Firefall Ranch Tavern (a casual tapas and craft cocktails lunch and dinner eatery), and the Firefall Ranch Restaurant (a more formal, all-day option with acai bowls at breakfast and flame-grilled proteins at dinner). On-site services and amenities include a pool area, yard games like bocce and horseshoes, a spa, nightly fireside s’mores, and a team of professional guides leading hikes, rafting excursions, and snowshoeing adventures.

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