Clovis – Big Dry Creek Museum
Located in the heart of Clovis, the Clovis – Big Dry Creek Museum displays and maintains photos and artifacts of Clovis M. Cole, the Wheat King of the United States during the 1880-1890’s; photos and articles of Marcus Pollasky, a key developer of the Clovis Township; original portion of the the 1893 Fresno Flume and Irrigation, which brought lumber and water from Shaver Lake; Indian artifacts; early day pictures and information of over 400 Clovis area families; 1903-1965 graduation pictures of Clovis High School students and school annuals for those years; history of the 1912 First State Bank and their 1924 bank robbery; Clovis Veterans display of WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Desert Wars; memorabilia of Ken “Festus” Curtis of “Gunsmoke”, and much, much more.
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BADGER PASS SKI AREA
Located in Yosemite National Park, Badger Pass is the original Northern California ski area and has been a favorite for generations of families. Unpretentious, friendly and affordable, Badger Pass ski area offers a unique and stress-free experience. Featuring one of the best sundecks in the Sierra, you can watch your children learn to ski or snowboard while enjoying the California sunshine. Badger Pass is a full-service ski resort offering ski and snowboard instruction, rental equipment, a ski shop, childcare, and a cafeteria and lounge.
Bass Lake is a popular vacation spot year-round. The sapphire waters surrounded by towering pine trees make for a vacation destination matched only in the wealth of activities offered.
Sunset Magazine named it as one of the “West’s Best Lakes” because of its excellent fishing, hiking, wildlife, and huge variety of recreational opportunities. Wakeboarders flock to Bass Lake throughout the spring and summer as do boaters, Jetski enthusiasts and more.
When you take a Bass Lake vacation, you never have to stray far from the water. Three resorts sit right on the shore, while numerous vacation rentals are either on the water or just up from the lake’s edge. If you like to rough it, numerous campsites are near the shore as well, keeping you close to the action. As one would imagine, Bass Lake has abundant wildlife. Perhaps the most well-known residents are the mating pair of Bald Eagles, delighting visitors and residents alike when they make their appearances. Bass Lake is also home to Golden Eagles while other animals like deer, raccoons and even the occasional bear have been spotted.
This self-guided motor or bicycle tour is a celebration of the beauty of Fresno County’s agriculture and a few historical points of interest. Panoramas of orchards full of fruit trees alive with fragrance and bursting with blossoms await you.
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is home to approximately 125 species, with more always on the way. It is the only zoo in North America that currently houses Northland green geckos and Southern tent tortoises. It is also home to 18 species that are part of the Species Survival Plan, or SSP, a program created by AZA member zoos to systematically develop breeding management strategies to help protect some of the planet’s rarest animals. These species include Addax, Andean Condor, Aruba Island Rattlesnake, Chacoan peccary, Colobus, Cinereous vulture, Fennec fox, Keel-billed toucan, Lesser spot-nosed guenon, Malayan Tiger, Malayan Tapir, Mexican red-kneed tarantula, Orangutan, Radiated Tortoise, Red Wolf, Red Ruffed Lemur, Ring-Tailed Lemur, Scimitar-Horned Oryx, and Siamang.
CHINA PEAK SKI RESORT
China Peak Mountain Resort is located only 65 miles northeast of Fresno at scenic Huntington Lake in the Sierra National Forest. The mountain has 1,679 feet of vertical with a base elevation of 7,030 with the peak at just over 8,700 feet. The resort offers seven chairlifts, a T-Bar and three moving carpets for the beginner skiers and snowboarders as well as lessons, and a proshop for all the latest gear and rental equipment.
When it’s time to relax, China Peak offers a full service restaurant, bar, snackbar, indoor and outdoor areas to dine and unwind.
Courtright Reservoir is located in one of the most superb geological areas of California. Bare granite domes rise from the shores of Courthright Reservoir and above the deep canyon cut by Helms Creek located at the north end of the lake. Ice Age glaciers sculpted the mountain peaks, slopes and valleys giving them their unique present day shape. To the east Mt. Goddard rises majestically to 13,568 feet in elevation.
Dinkey Creek is spread out along the banks of its namesake creek in a thick forest of Ponderosa pines and cedars. The facility’s high country setting with trees, streams and open space, make it a scenic destination for all types of visitors.
The terrain includes rolling, oak-covered foothills, heavily forested middle elevation slopes and the starkly beautiful alpine landscape of the High Sierra.
For Recreation, Dinkey Creek has 2 swimming areas: The Slicks and Honeymoon Pool, both of which contain pools carved out of granite. Anglers can fish Dinkey Creek for brown and rainbow trout and Hikers can walk the Dinkey Creek Trail. Mountain bikers also have trail access in this area.
Beautiful High Country scenery, acres of pine trees, and an alpine lake with 13 miles of shoreline and stocked with some of the biggest fish to be had (the state record brown trout was caught here in 1972) combine to make Edison Lake one of the most beautiful wilderness destinations in the high Sierras.
Nestled in the John Muir Wilderness, this is one of the jewels of the Sierra. Isolated, quiet, peaceful, it offers relief from your soul-jarring urban existence. But, you will not be stuck in the boonies when you come to Florence Lake. There are facilities and services available that include campgrounds, picnic area, store, boat rentals, horseback riding, and passenger ferry service to places around the lake, and the main connection to the mid-point of the John Muir Trail, the most popular hiking trail in the United States.
FORESTIERE UNDERGROUND GARDENS
Take a subterranean journey and discover one man, one dream and one fantastic feat. In 1906, Sicilian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere, a self – taught artist, architect, engineer, horticulturist and builder, began a 40-year labor of love. He began to carve out a 10 acres underground home for himself and his family. Fruit-bearing trees and grapes grow beneath the surface on three spectacular levels.
FRESNO COUNTY FRUIT TRAIL
This self-guided tour through California’s agriculture heartland was created through a partnership between the elected and civic leaders and the farmers in Eastern Fresno County. The Fruit Trail celebrates the beauty, flavor and culture of this region. We invite you to enjoy orchards full of ripe fruit literally bursting with flavor, Nature’s best, California Grown, from the Number One agricultural county in the world.
FRESNO COUNTY WINE JOURNEY
From the cluster of six wineries located west of highway 99 all within 8 miles of each other; to our two breweries in downtown Fresno, to Tivy Mountain Vintners on the east side of the county at the base of the Sierra Nevadas . . . each winery has a unique signature. We hope you will find time to visit us all sometime soon. We know you will find some delicious wines that perfectly fit your palate.
Located just below the alpine level at 7,000 feet in California’s High Sierras, Huntington Lake is known as one of the top sailing lakes in the world. It’s also well known for its fishing, hiking, bicycling, great weather, bird watching and other relaxing activities.
Amenities include a full marina with boat rentals, restaurant and grill, a variety of lodging options and resort.
MADERA WINE TRAIL
The Madera Wine Trail vintners are proud to invite you to visit a unique grape growing region. Guests visiting the Madera Wine Trail enjoy the benefits of the region’s rich history, knowledgeable hosts and tasting rooms still small enough that you can visit with the winemakers themselves. Come taste the award-winning wines!
With over 40 miles of shore land for water sports, this State Recreation Area offers visitors swimming, fishing, and boating. The hills surrounding the lake provide good hiking opportunities. Wildlife in the park includes ground squirrels, cottontails, mule deer, badgers and bald and golden eagles. During winter, the park has special boat tours to view the bald eagles.
MONO HOT SPRINGS
Totally Relax in a True Wilderness Setting.
Mono Hot Springs sits above Kaiser Pass in the High Sierra, on the South Fork of the San Joaquin River in an area known for its hot mineral baths. The campground sits at an elevation of 6,700 feet with many cliffs in the area. It makes a great base for exploring the nearby Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas or for simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The Mono Hot Springs area provides opportunities for fishing, birding, mountain biking, hiking and relaxing in the hot springs. Interpretive programs are offered at the campground on Friday nights during the summer.
The pure natural mineral hot springs provides water to about 12 natural pools as well as a man-made spa.
MONO WIND CASINO
Mono Wind Casino is open daily 24 hours. The casino’s 10,000 square foot facility features 360 slot machines and eight table and poker games, and includes one restaurant.
PINE FLAT LAKE
Pine Flat Lake is a popular boating and recreation destination for the southern San Joaquin Valley area. Less than 35 miles east of Fresno, the lake offers all kinds of water sports, boating, fishing, and camping. The lake has three main recreation areas, Deer Creek, Lakeview, and Trimmer.
Beautifully landscaped with cool blue lakes, huge groves of trees, rolling green lawns, and dotted by flower gardens, the park contains eight championship tennis courts, two dance pavilions, horseshoe pits, picnic areas with grills, slides and playgrounds, a dog park, and many picnic areas, complete with picnic tables, and barbecue pits. Roeding Park is also the home of the Chaffee Zoo, Japanese War Memorial, Rotary Playland and Storybook Land.
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
These two parks testify to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity: Immense mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees!
The parks lie in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Activities vary greatly by season and elevation – which ranges from 1300′ to 14,494′.
This mountain resort village and beautiful High-Sierra lake located 45 minutes from Clovis is the source of year around fun. There, you will find a variety of restaurants and services as well as several camp grounds, horseback riding, off-highway vehicle trails, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, boating, fishing and hunting.
In the winter, Shaver Lake is a winter wonderland, with 1-3 feet of snow on the ground all winter in an average season. Snow play is at the top of the list for most winter visitors. China Peak Mountain Resort is located a short 30 miles from the Village of Shaver Lake.
No matter what you do, be sure to bring a camera because the scenery will take your breath away!
SIERRA FLY FISHER TOURS
The wild trout has led humans on merry chases up and down rivers for generations, but the guides at Sierra Fly Fisher Tours have learned all the wily fish’s tricks – even those of the elusive golden trout. They possess the expertise to track the animals in spring, summer, fall, or winter, navigating the uncrowded waters of national parks from Yosemite to Kings Canyon. For the guides, the excursion’s allure involves the challenge of fly-fishing and the stunning California scenery, rather than making every catch into a meal. Instead, they try to preserve the species in local waters by emphasizing a catch-and-release philosophy, an ideology that makes for responsible fishermen and irresponsible police officers.
TABLE MOUNTAIN CASINO
This Central Valley gaming destination has been celebrating big FUN and big WINS for a quarter of a century!
The fun is offered through personalized service, a selection of 2,000 slot machines, an array of table games, a friendly poker room, an elite player reward system, delicious dining options and top tier entertainers.
Come play at Table Mountain Casino and see for yourself why the Fun Starts here!
The Wildflower Trail is a part of the National Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway, which travels primarily on California State Highway 168, and ties the Sierra Nevada with eight foothill and mountain communities. The scenic byway rises 9,000 feet in elevation from the San Joaquin Valley to within viewing distance of the Kaiser, Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas.
The Wildflower Trail is a lovely foothill drive along a 50-mile section of the scenic byway, and can be driven any time during the year due to its lower elevation. It is a fabulous trail for everyone, but especially for photographers. The trail can be done in a leisurely stop-for-photos four-hour drive.
This 300 acre park and bird sanctuary is located in Northeast Fresno on the South Bank of the San Joaquin River. Packed with amenities such as a multi-use amphitheater that seats up to 2,500 people, Japanese Garden, fenced dog park, two-mile equestrian trail, exercise par course, three children’s playgrounds, a lake, 3 small ponds, 7 picnic areas (with barbecues, electricity and water fountains) and five miles of multipurpose trails that are part of the San Joaquin River Parkways Lewis S. Eaton Trail. The Southeast corner of the park harbors numerous bird species offering bird enthusiasts an excellent opportunity for viewing.\
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity, Yosemite is open to the public from mid-spring through late fall. Hike, bike or take a guided tour and discover the natural beauty of Giant Sequoias in the Mariposa, Tuolumne, or Merced Groves. Others like to drive or take a tour bus to Glacier Point (summer-fall) to see a spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country, or drive along the scenic Tioga Road to Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall) and go for a walk or hike.
Most park visitors stay just for the day, and only visit locations within Yosemite Valley that are easily accessible by automobile. There is a $20 per automobile user fee to enter the park. A free shuttle bus system operates year-round in the valley.