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Visitors Bureau Debuts 2015 Visitors Guide

OAKHURST – The latest edition of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide has been released for 2015, featuring a cover photograph by noted Yosemite photographer Michael Ambrose.

“We are excited to release our 2015 Visitors Guide,” says Rhonda Salisbury, CEO for Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau. “Our theme this year is ‘dream big’ which coincides with California’s ‘dream big’ initiative for tourism. We have highlighted things to see and do in Madera County and Yosemite as well as the 125th Anniversary of Yosemite National Park. The guide features ‘dream big’ photos from many of our talented local photographers.”

The fifty-two page booklet serves as a comprehensive source of information about Madera County, California’s most popular gateway to Yosemite. Vacationers, sightseers and even local residents will benefit from the content this guide has to offer.

“There’s something in it for everyone. This is the single most useful tool we can give a traveler to our area,” Rhonda says. “We spend nearly a year compiling each issue with the very latest, most up-to-date information on lodging, dining, camping, recreational activities and events in Madera County and Yosemite.”

The guide includes important information such as weather, where to find golf courses, water sports, pet friendly areas, RV parks, as well as tour and transportation providers. You will also find information on Chambers of Commerce, wineries and museums within its covers. For the traveler, the guide provides a comprehensive list of lodging choices from luxury hotel suites to campgrounds.

In addition, the 2015 issue contains snapshots of pre-planned itineraries such as the Fossils to Falls Trail from the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County in Chowchilla, up the mountain, and ending at the waterfalls in Yosemite Valley. The Majestic Mountain Loop illustrates how visitors with limited time can traverse three national parks in just three days. Other maps include Bass Lake and the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. Thumbnail sketches of Madera County communities, describing the features and activities available in each, round out the issue.

“Our volunteers strive to place a copy of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide in the hands of every visitor entering our Visitors Center,” Rhonda says. “If they want to see Yosemite, the centerfold map gives them a clear picture of where they are and shows them how to get where they want to go. In addition, we gladly make copies available to hotels, businesses, travel planners, AAA offices, county government offices and more.” Thousands of copies accompany Bureau representatives to national and international trade shows, reaching thousands of consumers and travel professionals.

Current and past issues of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide are available to view online at To request a mailed copy of the 2015 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide, call 559/683-4636 or email

Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau also publishes a monthly e-newsletter containing the very latest news from Madera County – California’s Gateway to Yosemite – along with special events and offers. To subscribe, visit and click “sign up for our news and offers.”

The new Visitors Guide will be available for public distribution on January 2.

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