Adventures & Attractions
||One of the
benefits that our residents and guests
enjoy are their visits to the Stanislaus
National Forest in the Sierra Nevada.
This pristine natural playground has
over 800 miles of rivers and streams.
It’s perfect for fishing, rafting,
kayaking, hiking, biking, picnicking
or just cool your feet while experiencing
the pristine natural beauty. In the
winter months downhill or cross country
skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and
snowmobiling are just over an hours
drive from our resort.
The Moaning Caverns are close by and
holds the largest vertical chamber that
you can see in California. The guided
tour of the cavern is enjoyable for
the entire family and descends down
165 feet below the ground into this
natural wonder. If you want a challenging
adventure you might want to take the
caving tour or rappel into the cave.
Try something unique and thrilling.
Bear Valley is a popular mountain resort
area located on scenic California State
Highway 4, at 7,000 feet in elevation,
on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada.
Bear Valley offers world class winter
sports and summer music festivals in
addition to all types of outdoor recreation.
Saddle Creek’s residents and guests
enjoy the annual snowmobiling excursion,
planned by our concierge. Complete with
a banquet in the snow, it is one of
the most popular events in the winter
months. Beginners are welcome and they
quickly discover why snowmobiling is
a sport anyone can enjoy.
Dodge Ridge only 45 minutes away offers
a wide range of terrain and winter sports.
Located on Hwy 108 just beyond Sonora
are 800 acres of terrain for all levels
of skiers and riders to enjoy. Dodge
Ridge is well known as a winter mountain
resort for the family. You can golf
at the resort one day and downhill ski
the next. The choice is yours.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park also
located on the western slope of the
Sierra Nevada and only 20 miles east
of Angels Camp on California State Highway
4. Calaveras Big Trees State Park provides
sanctuary to one the few remaining groves
of giant sequoias. The park features
two groves of some of the oldest living
redwood trees in California and offers
hiking trails and picnic areas. Plan
a picnic with a few friends and we know
your day will be relaxing, educational
and enjoyable. Let us help you with
the picnic lunch. Our Guest Services Manager will
be happy to make all the arrangements.
Yosemite National Park is the ultimate
day trip from our resort. It stretches
along California’s eastern border
and preserves a portion of the Central
Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. With nearly
1,200 square miles of scenic wild lands,
the park is only 1½ hour drive.
The elevation ranges from 2,000 to more
than 13,000 feet above sea level. An
alpine wilderness you won’t want
to miss with three groves of giant sequoias
and glacially carved Yosemite Valley
with impressive waterfalls and cliffs.
Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite has
some of the most rugged pristine scenery
in the Sierra.
California State Highway 120 crosses
this area. This scenic highway was modernized
in 1961 and passes through an area of
scenic turnouts, meadows, lakes, and
mountain peaks that affords the traveler
superb views. Tioga Pass crosses the
Sierra's crest at 9,945 feet, the highest
automobile pass in California. Tuolumne
Meadows is the largest sub-alpine meadow
in the Sierra and is growing in popularity
as a winter mountaineering area. The
meadow is a favorite base camp for backpacking
and day hikes. Yosemite Valley’s
floor is surrounded by waterfalls, towering
cliffs and rounded domes. The Merced
River runs through the valley beneath
El Capitan, Half Dome and Cathedral
Rocks. Wildflowers are abundant as well
as the wildlife. The valley inspires
painters, photographers and writers
alike, and we know it will inspire you.