More Fall Lodging Deals in the National Parks, High Sierra Edition

Fall can be a wonderful season to visit Devils Postpile National Monument. As long as there's not an early winter. Kurt Repanshek photo.

Yesterday we let you know about some fall lodging deals offered at Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park. Today we'll continue to look at the High Sierra, with lodging specials from one property just outside Yosemite National Park, and another near to Devils Postpile National Monument.

While many folks try to find accommodations in Yosemite Valley, that can be a hard thing to do any time of year unless you book a room months in advance. And if you've already experienced the valley, you might prefer to explore a different section of the park on your next trip. That can be accomplished by using the Evergreen Lodge as your basecamp. This historic property lies on the park's western border not far from the Hetch Hetchy Valley.

To lure fall travelers, the Evergreen Lodge is offering a 25 percent discount on new bookings in all cabin types through September 30, Sunday through Thursday. Advance booking is required.
All cabins have forest views and are furnished with beds with feather pillows, heat, fans, private bathrooms, scenic decks, and SIRIUS satellite radio and more. Room rates for the cabins range from $99 to $299, depending on the season and type of cabin. The Evergreen also offers custom camping, where fully furnished campsites conveniently include tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and lanterns. Rates start at $55.

Once at the lodge, you can either ask for the staff to customize an outing for you or check out their maps and guidebooks and plan your out trek. For more information about Evergreen Lodge or to make reservations, visit http://www.evergreenlodge.com/, call (209) 379-2606 or email .

One oft-overlooked national park property on the eastern flanks of the High Sierra is Devils Postpile National Monument. The monument lies within 800 rumpled and wooded acres cut by the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and surrounded by the Inyo National Forest. Devils Postpile gets its name from an exposed volcanic intrusion of columnar basalt. Popular with day hikers and campers and crossed by long-distance hikers on the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails, the monument is a pocket of tranquility thanks to the surrounding mountains and its somewhat out-of-the-way location.

While there is no lodging within the monument, other than your tent if that’s your preference, in nearby Mammoth, California, the 450-acre Snowcreek Resort is offering one-third off its regular nightly rates for stays between September 7 and November 24, and again from November 29 through December 17.

Rates at Snowcreek start from $190 per night for a one-bedroom condo to $540 per night for a four-bedroom “Lodge,” the newest ranch-inspired homes with expansive living areas, wood-burning fireplaces and gourmet kitchens. During this special you’ll also receive complimentary access to the Snowcreek Athletic Club and free greens fees at Snowcreek Golf Course, weather permitting.
A two-night minimum stay is required to qualify for these rates. To book a room or Lodge, call (800) 544-6007 or visit www.snowcreekresort.com.

The fine print: Devils Postpile usually closes by October 31 due to the steep and twisting road that leads down into it.