Craving a fun-filled and educational excursion complete with adventure and fantastic photo opportunities? Consider embarking on a journey through the Sierra Forest by way of a historical railroad.
If you are looking for things to do near Yosemite south, be sure to check out the Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad. Once a massive operation for hauling timber, the Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad is located in the town of Fish Camp only 10 minutes from Yosemite’s southern entrance and 20 minutes from Bass Lake at Yosemite campground. The historic railroad hosts narrated steam train excursions through the Sierra National Forest, moonlight special evening barbecue trains, gold panning, group tours, weddings, and corporate events. You can also dine at the Railroad Café, shop for trinkets at the gift and collectibles store, or visit the Thornberry Museum to ignite your passion for local history.
Things to do near Bass Lake and Yosemite South Gate – Jazz Train Ride
Enjoy live jazz music, dinner, and a three-hour journey onboard a steam engine with the majestic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada National Forest. Typically scheduled for September and October, the jazz steam train ride is a one-of-a-kind experience. The evening begins with a gourmet pre-show picnic at the Sugar Pine Train Station and includes a round-trip steam passage to the Lewis Creek Stage on the historic #10 Shay. Upon arriving at the Lewis Creek Stage, guests gather in the forest to enjoy the music of a nationally acclaimed jazz artist.
Things to do near Bass Lake and Yosemite South Gate – Logger Steam Train Ride
The 1-hour logger steam train ride is the most popular tour as it runs daily from April through November. The scenic ride includes a narrated history lesson. Options for lunch onboard the train are available.
Things to do near Bass Lake and Yosemite South Gate – Moonlight Special Train Ride
Partake in a magical moonlit ride along on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad! The evening begins with a steak or BBQ chicken dinner at the station with live music. Then, it’s all aboard the logger steam train for a narrated tour of the Sierra Nevada Forest! The train ride includes a pit stop at Lewis Creek Canyon for live music or theatre entertainment. Appropriate for all ages, a moonlight train ride under the starlit sky is an unforgettable experience.