As we run through the spring equinox it reminds me of one of Autumn and I’s favorite activities to do at Yosemite during the winter, ice skating at Camp Curry. We were amazed the first time we went to Yosemite in the winter and saw that we could ice skate under Half Dome. There has been rumor around the park that this activity should be removed because it is not a natural activity at the park but each year the ice ring is generated and we get to enjoy it.
Spot #26: Ice Skating at Camp Curry
Now why do I want you to go photograph here? Curry Village is always great to photograph the rustic look of the village but it is also a great place to photograph people. My favorite thing to do here is photograph Autumn and I on skates under Half Dome, we have numerous shots there.
Coming from the Yosemite Lodge head east on Northside Drive (turning right) and when you hit the first stop sign go right toward Sentinel Bridge at the end of the bridge turn left at the stop sign. Curry Village and the ice skating ring in on the right.
Coming from Tunnel View continue on Southside Drive and continue it all the until Curry Village and the ice skating ring is on the right.
Best time of year
During the winter season from mid-November until early March, they keep the ice frozen for as long as they can and depending on weather it could be closed. They do 2.5 hour sessions throughout the day, usually 4 per day and we have learned that the early sessions are less busy, that’s how we got this photograph alone. The evenings are nice too because the colors the lights give off. Cost is around ten dollars per person and four dollars for skate rentals, helmets upon request.
Map to Spot #26
Photography by Pasquale Murena; City Life & Structures and Wildlife & Nature.