By Melissa Locker
September 22, 2015
Kim Carroll
| Credit: Kim Carroll

Yosemite National Park has over 761,000 acres of unspeakably beautiful wilderness, making it a primo destination for lovers of the great outdoors. And now, after 25 years of development crickets, comes news to satisfy those who are also fans of, well, the the great indoors: for the first time in over two decades, a new resort is coming to the area.

When Rush Creek Lodge opens its doors in 2016 it will be the first new to contemporary resort in the area in 25 years—and it’s already accepting reservations for June 15, 2016 onward.

The hotel boasts 143 rooms, including a mix of suites and Hillside Villas for larger parties, meaning pro-nature, anti-camping enthusiasts from around the globe will have plenty of housing options that don’t involve sleeping on the ground.

Credit: Kim Carroll

Set close to the National Park’s Highway 120 West entrance, Rush Creek Lodge (and it’s sister location, the historic Evergreen Lodge) offers easy access to Yosemite’s natural wonders. Spend the day at Bridal Veil Falls and then fall into the hotel’s pool. If you feel smaller than an ant after wandering among Yosemite’s Giant Sequoias, return to the Lodge to dominate at horse shoes and bocce ball, or try your hand at panning for gold in the stream that runs through the property. Alternative plan: contemplate your spot in the universe from one of the hotel’s hammocks.

The hotel bills itself as a "destination within a destination," so if you’re looking for a place to stay while you try and spot the recently re-introduced fisher kits (they are similar to baby weasels!) or want a place to curl up with a good book, while the more adventurous types in your party attempt to summit El Capitan, Rush Creek Lodge could be a great option.

Credit: Kim Carroll

Rush Creek Lodge is currently offering a $100 credit for 2016 stays booked before the end of 2015, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.