Virtual Guidebook to Yosemite and the Central Sierra Nevada
The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park California


The luxurious Ahwahnee Hotel was built in 1927 by Yoemite Park and Curry Company, with the enthusiastic suport of Stephen T. Mather, founding director of the National Park Service. It is built of roughly shaped granite and concrete molded to look like wood. During World War II it was used as a naval hospital. Since 1927 the Bracebridge Dinner has been a popular annual event at Christmas time.

A lawsuit by outgoing concessionaire Deleware North claimed ownership of the names of several Yosemite landmarks, including the Ahwahnee and Camp Curry. In 2016 this resulted in The Ahwahnee becoming the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.



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The Ahwahnee Hotel at the base of the Royal Arches

(May 6, 2007)


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South of the Ahwahnee Hotel, in winter

(February 23, 2002)


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(May 23, 2005)


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The bar terrace and Great Hall wing of the Ahwahnee Hotel from Wedding Lawn

(May 7, 2007)


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A snowman next to Wedding Lawn at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Though nothing like the crowds of summer, Yosemite is still a popular destination in winter, especially after heavy snowfall.

(February 15, 2009)


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The classic side view of Yosemite Falls from the Ahwahnee Hotel grounds.

(February 15, 2009)


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The Great Hall at the Ahwahnee Hotel

(May 6, 2007)


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(May 23, 2005)


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The grand dining room at the Ahwahnee Hotel

(May 6, 2007)


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(May 23, 2005)


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