2015 visitors guide now available

The 2015 edition of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide, published by the Sierra Star, has been released, featuring a cover photo of iconic Half Dome by noted Yosemite photographer Michael Ambrose.

“We are excited to release our 2015 Visitors Guide,” Rhonda Salisbury, CEO of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, said. “Our theme this year is ‘dream big’ which coincides with California’s ‘dream big’ initiative for tourism. We have highlighted things to see and do in Madera County and Yosemite, as well as the 150th anniversary of Yosemite National Park. The guide features, ‘dream big’ photos from many of our talented area photographers.”

The 52-page booklet serves as a comprehensive source of information about Madera County, California’s most popular gateway to Yosemite. Vacationers, sightseers and even area residents will benefit from the information the guide has to offer.

“There’s something in it for everyone,” Salisbury said. “This is the single most useful tool we can give a traveler to our are. We spend nearly a year compiling each issue with the very latest, most up-to-date information on lodging, dining, camping, recreational activities and events in Madera County and Yosemite.”

The guide includes important information such as weather, where to find golf courses, water sports, pet friendly areas, RV parks, as well as tour and transportation providers. Information on chambers of commerce, wineries and museums is also included. For the traveler, the guide provides a comprehensive list of lodging choices from luxury hotel suites to campgrounds.

In addition, the 2015 issue contains snapshots of pre-planned itineraries such as the Fossils to Falls Trail from the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County in Chowchilla, up the mountain, and ending at the waterfalls in Yosemite Valley. The Majestic Mountain Loop illustrates how visitors with limited time can traverse three national parks in just three days. Other maps include Bass Lake and the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway. Thumbnail sketches of Madera County communities, describing the features and activities available in each, round out the issue.

“Our volunteers strive to place a copy of the guide in the hands of every visitor entering our Visitors Center at 40637 Highway 41,” Salisbury said. “If they want to see Yosemite, the centerfold map gives them a clear picture of where they are and shows them how to get where they want to go. In addition, we make copies available to hotels, businesses, travel planners, AAA offices,and county government offices.”

Thousands of copies accompany bureau representatives to national and international trade shows, reaching thousands of consumers and travel industry professionals.

Current and past issues of the guide are available to view online at To request a copy of the 2015 guide, (559) 683-4636 or

Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau also publishes a monthly e-newsletter containing the very latest news from Madera County: California’s Gateway to Yosemite along with special events and offers. To subscribe, visit and click “sign up for our news and offers.”