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.