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Wawona is located within Yosemite National Park, east of the city of Merced along Highway 41 near Bass Lake. This small community is home to one of the oldest mountain resorts in the state of California, which is now a National Historic Landmark. Wawona also has year-round vacation home rentals and other lodging choices for visitors. Situated in the redwoods of Yosemite, Wawona is an ideal base from which to explore the majestic beauty of Yosemite. Hike the river trails to Yosemite and Bridal Veil Falls, stand in awe of the giant sequoia trees, bicycle around the park, and at night relax by a crackling fire, toasting marshmallows while you enjoy the peaceful silence. This is what makes Wawona so special. Other activities in the area include fishing, golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, downhill and cross-country skiing. The park offers ranger guided walks, talks and horseback rides, and rafting and canoeing are also available on the nearby rivers. A steam-powered train takes visitors on trips through the Sierra National Forest, including a special Moonlight Ride that runs July through October. Yosemite National Park is the nation's third oldest park and is truly an ecological wonder. It includes some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, including some of the largest waterfalls found anywhere. The community of Wawona, inside Yosemite Park, is also near the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway and the Kings Canyon National Park.

Surrounding areas: Fish Camp, California (1.6 mi), Yosemite, California (12.2 mi), Ahwahnee, California (12.4 mi), Mariposa, California (17.4 mi), Coarsegold, California (19.1 mi), Bridgeport, California (20.4 mi), Huntington Lake, California (31.3 mi)

Wawona Vacation Rentals

Wawona Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Wawona HotelYosemite National ParkWawona, CA (209) 375-6437
Apple Tree InnFish Camp, CA4.1 mi.(209) 683-5111
Marriott's Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite1122 Hwy 41Fishcamp, CA5.1 mi.(209) 683-6555
Ahwahnee Hotel1 Ahwahnee WayYosemite, CA11.3 mi.(559) 252-4848
Cedar Lodge9966 Hwy 140El Portal, CA11.8 mi.(209) 742-7106
Yosemite View Lodge11156 Hwy 140El Portal, CA11.8 mi.(209) 379-2681
The Homestead41110 Rd 600Ahwahnee, CA12.4 mi.(209) 683-0495
Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn40530 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA14.4 mi.(559) 683-2378
Comfort Inn40489 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA14.4 mi.(559) 683-8282
Days Inn-oakhurst40662 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA14.4 mi.(559) 642-2525
Ramada Limited And Suites48800 Royal Oaks DrOakhurst, CA14.4 mi.(800) 658-2888
Shilo Inn Oakhurst40644 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA14.4 mi.(559) 683-3555
Chateau Du Sureau48688 Victoria LnOakhurst, CA14.5 mi.(209) 683-6860
Comfort Inn Mariposa4994 Bullion StMariposa, CA17.3 mi.(209) 966-4344
Best Western Yosemite Way Station Motel4999 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA17.4 mi.(209) 966-7545
Holiday Inn Express5059 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA17.4 mi.(800) 966-9746
Mariposa Lodge1052 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA17.4 mi.(209) 966-3607
Sierra View SuitesMariposa, CA17.4 mi.(209) 966-5793
The Miners Inn Motel5155 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA17.4 mi.(209) 742-7777
Black Hawk Lodge28536 Hwy 41Coarsegold, CA19.1 mi.(559) 868-3596

Wawona Weather & Climate

Central California located on the western slopes and foothills of the central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, generally enjoys a pleasant year round climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters. This region has a slogan that says it is "Below the Snow and Above the Fog." However, the 10,000 foot peaks in the area's eastern region attest to a wide diversity of terrain and climate. Average rainfall is between 40-50 inches, with October through April generally being the rainy months. Snow is rare in the lower elevations, but as you move higher into Yosemite and the Mammoth Lakes region, all of that changes. Winters in the mountains are snowy and cold, although sunny and chilly days are not uncommon. Visitors must be aware that conditions can change rapidly in the mountains in the wintertime.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 25°F 8.34 in. -
February 46°F 25°F 8.02 in. -
March 48°F 27°F 7.26 in. -
April 54°F 30°F 3.09 in. -
May 62°F 36°F 1.64 in. -
June 71°F 43°F 0.70 in. -
July 77°F 48°F 0.17 in. -
August 77°F 48°F 0.09 in. -
September 71°F 44°F 0.86 in. -
October 62°F 36°F 2.20 in. -
November 51°F 29°F 4.39 in. -
December 46°F 25°F 5.27 in. -

Wawona Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mammoth Yosemite airport (MMH) located about 45 miles east of Wawona in Mammoth Lakes, California, the Castle airport (MER) located approximately 51 miles west of Wawona in Merced, California, the Fresno Yosemite International airport (FAT) located roughly 52 miles south of Wawona in Fresno, California, and finally the Eastern Sierra Regional airport (BIH) located around 71 miles east of Wawona in Bishop, California.

Wawona Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Blackbeard's Family Entertainment CenterFresnoCA54.9 mi.
Rotary PlaylandFresnoCA54.9 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA49.2 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA54.9 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA60.9 mi.
Golf Courses
River Creek Golf CourseAhwahneeCA12.4 mi.
Mather Golf CourseMatherCA26.0 mi.
Ski Areas
June MountainJune LakeCA35.9 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA38.3 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA54.9 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA67.4 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA83.7 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA91.7 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA97.9 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA110.5 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA116.0 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA116.9 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV119.7 mi.
Bonita Museum & Cultural CenterBonitaCA50.3 mi.(History)
Fresno Metropolitan MuseumFresnoCA54.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Fresno Art MuseumFresnoCA54.9 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA54.9 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA97.3 mi.

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