Dilsea's Road Trip travel blog

Ahwahnee exterior

Ahwahnee: The Great Lounge

Dining Room


View from Solarium

Badger Pass Curling

The ski lift

Assorted Ski Pictures

An early lift line

Ansel Adams Gallery

We spent the day at Valley Floor, looking at the exhibits and crafts in the Visitors' Center and having lunch at the Ahwahnee Lodge. The Lodge is, of course, on the National register of Historic Buildings and is beautiful. It was built in 1927 at the request of John Muir, who felt Yosemite needed an upscale lodge in which to entertain and house potential donors for the park. It's a great old place, akin to the ones at Sun Valley or The Grand Canyon.

One of it's rooms houses old photos of the Badger Pass Winter Recreation Area. Given our interest in ski history, we tried to capture some of the photos. We also stopped at the nearby Ansel Adams Gallery, which has been in his family since 1902. As you might expect, it has a great array of his work.

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