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The Wawona Hotel is a historic hotel located within southern Yosemite National Park, in California. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987, and is on the National Register of Historic Places .[2][3][4] On March 1, 2016, the Wawona Hotel was renamed Big Trees Lodge[5] due to a legal dispute between the US Government, which owns the property, and the outgoing concessionaire, Delaware North, which claims rights to the trademarked name.[6]


1 History to present

1.1 Thomas Hill studio

2 See also 3 References 4 External links

History to present[edit]

The Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park, 2005

The Wawona Hotel is one of the oldest mountain resort hotels in California, and a classic of Victorian era resort design. The Victorian style hotel was built in 1876 to serve tourists visiting the nearby Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum). As tourism increased, through 1916, the hotel built additional rooms and facilities. In addition, it cut more forest trails, as well as paths along the south fork of the Merced River.

Nighttime view of the Wawona Hotel, 2009

The Wawona Hotel is located 4 miles (6.4 km) from the park's south entrance, between the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees and the Yosemite Valley. It is one of the few historical period hotels still standing within Yosemite National Park's boundaries. Most of the hotel's 104 guestrooms open onto one of the Wawona Hotel's deep verandas, which wrap around the first and second floors; they have open views of the gardened and natural landscapes. The hotel includes six historically distinctive buildings, built between 1876 and 1916. The rooms are furnished with antiques, period pieces, and vintage elements. The hotel has no telephones or televisions in the guestrooms. Outdoor recreation choices include quiet nature walks or scenic drives, and when snow arrives, nearby cross-country and downhill skiing and snowshoe routes. Across from the hotel is a nine-hole 3,035 yards (2,775 m), par 35 golf course, Yosemite Park's only such facility. It is one of the few within any U.S. National Park. The course is open daily from spring to fall, weather permitting. In operation since 1918, the golf course is the oldest in the Sierra Nevada. Thomas Hill studio[edit]

"Yosemite Valley" oil painting by Thomas Hill

Thomas Hill (1829–1908), a renowned landscape painter of the Hudson River School, stayed at the Wawona Hotel toward the end of his life. He used the hotel pavilion as his painting studio and completed numerous works of the region.[2][3] This is listed separately on the National Register of Historic Places. See also[edit]

History of the Yosemite area List of the northern Giant Sequoia groves — 3 in Yosemite. List of plants of the Sierra Nevada (U.S.) List of Yosemite destinations National Register of Historic Places listings in Mariposa County, California Bibliography of the Sierra Nevada (U.S.)


^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  ^ a b c "Wawona Hotel and Thomas Hill Studio". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-25.  ^ a b "Wawona Hotel and Studio, 1985, by Laura Soullière Harrison" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination. National Park Service. 1985.  ^ "Wawona Hotel and Studio--Accompanying 43 NPS photos by Laura Soullière Harrison, exterior and interior, from 1985" (PDF). National Park Service. 1985.  ^ Alexander, Kurtis. "No longer the Ahwahnee: new names for Yosemite landmark sites". SF Chronicle. Retrieved 14 January 2016.  ^ http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-yosemite-ahwahnee-hotel-20160114-story.html

External links[edit]

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Official website Harrison, Laura Soullière (1986). "The Wawona Hotel and Thomas Hill Studio". Architecture in the Parks: A National Historic Landmark Theme Study. National Park Service.  Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. CA-1805, "Wawona Hotel, Wawona, Mariposa County, CA" HABS No. CA-1805-A, "Wawona Hotel, Long White" HABS No. CA-1805-B, "Wawona Hotel, Hotel" HABS No. CA-1805-C, "Wawona Hotel, Little White" HABS No. CA-1805-D, "Wawona Hotel, Thomas Hill Studio" HABS No. CA-1805-E, "Wawona Hotel, Little Brown" HABS No. CA-1805-F, "Wawona Hotel, Long Brown" HABS No. CA-1805-G, "Wawona Hotel, Annex Building"

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National Register of Historic Places in Yosemite National Park

National Historic Landmarks

Ahwahnee Hotel LeConte Memorial Lodge Parsons Memorial Lodge Rangers' Club Wawona Hotel and Pavilion

Other historic districts

Bagby Stationhouse, Water Tanks and Turntable Camp Curry Historic District Great Sierra Mine Historic Site Yosemite Valley Yosemite Valley Archeological District Yosemite Valley Bridges Yosemite Village Historic District

Other properties

Acting Superintendent's Headquarters Camp 4 Crane Flat Fire Lookout Glacier Point Trailside Museum Great Sierra Wagon Road Hetch Hetchy Railroad Engine No.6 Hodgdon Homestead Cabin Chris Jorgenson Studio Mariposa Grove Museum McCauley Cabin McCauley and Meyer Barns McGurk Cabin Merced Grove Ranger Station Soda Springs Cabin Tioga Pass Entrance Station Track Bus No. 19 Tuolumne Meadows Tuolumne Meadows Ranger Stations and Comfort Stations Wawona Covered Bridge Yosemite Transportation Company Office Yosemite Valley Chapel Yosemite Valley Railroad Caboose No. 15

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Yosemite National Park


Yosemite Valley Yosemite Village Hetch Hetchy Glacier Point Badger Pass Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Tuolumne Meadows Tioga Pass Wawona Tree Chilnualna Falls

Valley attractions

Half Dome

Northwest Face

Yosemite Falls El Capitan

Films: El Capitan, To the Limit The Nose

Bridalveil Fall Happy Isles Mirror Lake North Dome Vernal Fall Nevada Fall Little Yosemite Valley LeConte Lodge Bracebridge Dinner Yosemite Firefall Yosemite Valley Chapel

Hiking trails

Mist Trail McGurk Meadow Ostrander Lake Taft Point Sentinel Dome Alder Creek Mariposa Grove Wapama Falls Lembert Dome John Muir Trail


John Muir Stephen T. Mather Galen Clark Shelton Johnson Buffalo Soldiers Chief Tenaya Ahwahnechee people

Lodging & camping

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls The Ahwahnee Camp Curry Wawona Hotel Housekeeping Camp High Sierra Camps Camp 4

Natural disasters

1938 TWA Yosemite crash (crashed due to inclement weather) 1996 Yosemite Valley landslide 1997 Merced River flood 2013 Rim Wildfire


Nearby airports


YARTS Route 140 Route 41 Route 120

Nearby municipalities

Foresta El Portal & Arch Rock Entrance Yosemite West & Chinquapin Wawona Bootjack Mariposa Briceburg Oakhurst Midpines Lee Vining Mammoth Merced Le Grand Chowchilla

Additional information

History of the Yosemite area Geology of the Yosemite area National Register of Historic Places in Yosemite National Park List of waterfalls Yosemite Category