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Ahwahnee is a small town of approximately 2000, located southeast of Merced, just 44 miles from the Yosemite Valley Visitors Center and only 16 miles to the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. The word "Ahwahnee" was the name of the largest Native American village in the Yosemite Valley and also the name for the Valley itself. The region surrounding Ahwahnee is today one of the most popular places in the country to relax and enjoy nature. Aside from Yosemite National Park, Ahwahnee is also near Bass Lake and the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, and is 105 miles from Kings Canyon, home of the giant sequoia trees. The famous Generals Highway climbs over 5000 feet to the breathtaking sequoia groves. From there, trails lead to the high-alpine wilderness areas, beneath which lie over 200 fascinating caverns. Closer to Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park is an awe-inspiring natural wonder. It's the country's third oldest national park, and offers incredible vistas of some of the world's largest waterfalls, alpine forests, giant sequoias and the granite monoliths of El Capitan and Half Dome. Activities in and around the Ahwahnee/Yosemite area include auto touring, backpacking, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, wildlife viewing, stargazing, cave exploration, fishing, mountain climbing and nature walks. In summer, rangers lead nature walks and offer interpretive programs. Skiing and snowshoeing are available in the wintertime. A word of advice - winters in the High Sierra can be quite severe at times, and some roads and passes close due to snow, so its' best to check ahead at this time of year before traveling in the mountains.

Surrounding areas: Coarsegold, California (7.3 mi), Fish Camp, California (11.4 mi), Wawona, California (12.4 mi), Mariposa, California (15.5 mi), Bridgeport, California (16.0 mi), Yosemite, California (24.6 mi), Huntington Lake, California (28.5 mi)

Ahwahnee Vacation Rentals

Ahwahnee Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
The Homestead41110 Rd 600Ahwahnee, CA (209) 683-0495
Chateau Du Sureau48688 Victoria LnOakhurst, CA4.5 mi.(209) 683-6860
Ramada Limited And Suites48800 Royal Oaks DrOakhurst, CA4.5 mi.(800) 658-2888
Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn40530 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA5.0 mi.(559) 683-2378
Comfort Inn40489 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA5.0 mi.(559) 683-8282
Days Inn-oakhurst40662 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA5.0 mi.(559) 642-2525
Shilo Inn Oakhurst40644 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA5.0 mi.(559) 683-3555
Black Hawk Lodge28536 Hwy 41Coarsegold, CA7.3 mi.(559) 868-3596
Marriott's Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite1122 Hwy 41Fishcamp, CA8.1 mi.(209) 683-6555
Apple Tree InnFish Camp, CA9.1 mi.(209) 683-5111
Wawona HotelYosemite National ParkWawona, CA12.4 mi.(209) 375-6437
Best Western Yosemite Way Station Motel4999 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA15.5 mi.(209) 966-7545
Comfort Inn Mariposa4994 Bullion StMariposa, CA15.5 mi.(209) 966-4344
Holiday Inn Express5059 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA15.5 mi.(800) 966-9746
Mariposa Lodge1052 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA15.5 mi.(209) 966-3607
Sierra View SuitesMariposa, CA15.5 mi.(209) 966-5793
The Miners Inn Motel5155 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA15.5 mi.(209) 742-7777
Cedar Lodge9966 Hwy 140El Portal, CA21.6 mi.(209) 742-7106
Yosemite View Lodge11156 Hwy 140El Portal, CA21.6 mi.(209) 379-2681
Ahwahnee Hotel1 Ahwahnee WayYosemite, CA23.3 mi.(559) 252-4848
Shaver Lake Lodge44185 Hwy 168Shaver Lake, CA28.8 mi.(559) 841-3538

Ahwahnee 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 5.30 in. -
February 46°F 25°F 5.09 in. -
March 48°F 27°F 5.03 in. -
April 54°F 30°F 1.81 in. -
May 62°F 36°F 0.75 in. -
June 71°F 43°F 0.23 in. -
July 77°F 48°F 0.07 in. -
August 77°F 48°F 0.06 in. -
September 71°F 44°F 0.34 in. -
October 62°F 36°F 1.29 in. -
November 51°F 29°F 3.19 in. -
December 46°F 25°F 3.50 in. -

Ahwahnee Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fresno Yosemite International airport (FAT) located about 40 miles south of Ahwahnee in Fresno, California, the Castle airport (MER) located approximately 46 miles west of Ahwahnee in Merced, California, the Mammoth Yosemite airport (MMH) located roughly 51 miles east of Ahwahnee in Mammoth Lakes, California, and finally the Eastern Sierra Regional airport (BIH) located around 74 miles east of Ahwahnee in Bishop, California.

Ahwahnee Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Blackbeard's Family Entertainment CenterFresnoCA42.8 mi.
Rotary PlaylandFresnoCA42.8 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA37.4 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA42.8 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA59.8 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA119.1 mi.
Golf Courses
River Creek Golf CourseAhwahneeCA 
Brighton Crest Country ClubFriantCA26.7 mi.
Ski Areas
June MountainJune LakeCA45.7 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA45.7 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA66.2 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA77.8 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA94.3 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA102.2 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA109.0 mi.
Bonita Museum & Cultural CenterBonitaCA38.7 mi.(History)
Fresno Metropolitan MuseumFresnoCA42.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Fresno Art MuseumFresnoCA42.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA42.8 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA99.6 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA119.1 mi.

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