Pioneer Yosemite History Center Tours
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Before there were tourists, photographers, rock climbers, campers, backpackers, and hikers, Yosemite was a place where hardy pioneers would live off the land and brave harsh winters in a daily struggle to survive. Though the park’s facilities are more modern today, you can step back in time to those early days on a visit to Pioneer Yosemite History Center, located in the town of Wawona.
The center is comprised of historical buildings that were built throughout Yosemite Valley but relocated here to Wawona in the 1950s and 60s. See the barn where stagecoaches were prepped for the 8-hour ride to the valley, and homesteader cabins where families would live while ranching and raising their cattle. You can watch a blacksmith work in the shop or learn about cavalry who patrolled the park’s boundary from high atop the saddle. Rather than depicting an historical village, the Pioneer Yosemite History Center is a collection of different eras in the Yosemite Valley’s development, and makes for an informative and educational stop on any Yosemite National Park day tour.
Insider's Tip: Even during times when the history center is closed, you can still wander around the structures and admire the historic buildings’ exteriors and cross the covered bridge.
The Pioneer Yosemite History Center is located behind the general store in the small town of Wawona. You need to cross the covered bridge to find the historic buildings, and while most of the center is a self-guided tour that’s open all year long, some of the stops, like the blacksmith shop, are only open in summer.
Address: 8308 Wawona Drive, Wawona, California 95389, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Pioneer Yosemite History Center
Get acquainted with the landmarks and highlights of Yosemite National Park during this 9-hour day tour from Fresno or Oakhurst. Travel into the Yosemite Valley through the Southgate, then spend the day viewing and photographing some of the valley's best features such as Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country. Hike down the 4-Mile Trail (during the spring to fall) or choose to remain on the bus. Lunch will be provided and can be eaten along the trail. National Park entrance fees included.
Explore Yosemite National Park on a private tour in a 4X4 Hummer. Create your own itinerary with options to get out and hike, or stay in the Hummer for a scenic ride. Stop for a picnic lunch, and learn how John Muir convinced President Roosevelt to create the park during a 3-night camping trip. End the tour with a visit to The Pioneer Village History Center. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for an exclusive experience away from crowds.
Convertible 2020 Jeep 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite - Full-day. Snow or Dirt this gentle monster knows we need to get there. There is a time in life you want to indulge in luxury, instead of riding in a crowded bus with others you need to go on a private tour without breaking the bank. Jeep has capacity for up to 4 guests for one price. In good weather we can remove 2 front sun roofs before we arrive and if you want to go full convertible that option is also available and requires us to remove the complete top before we arrive.To celebrate Birthday or Anniversary, Engagement or Proposal, Celebrate success or just enjoy a trip with family and kids. We can make this trip special for you. Private Tour so you can decide the schedule whatever is convenient to you and we can customize the tour for your needs. Just let us know what interests you.
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What's the best way to experience Pioneer Yosemite History Center?
The best ways to experience Pioneer Yosemite History Center are:
- Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
- Hummer 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite - with Hotel Pickup !
- Jeep 4 X 4 Yosemite Park Tour with Hotel Pickup
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