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Yosemite Family Adventures

Lasting Adventures has evolved into the leading provider of Family Adventure Programming in the Yosemite backcountry. Whether you are in Yosemite for only a day or a week, or if your children are pre-teens and/or young adults; we are able to help you design an adventure that is sure to please all.

Since 1997 we have been facilitating youth summer camp backpacking programs throughout the Yosemite wilderness. In this time we have provided memorable and rewarding experiences to thousands of youth. On all of these trips, we teach and promote respect for nature and the world around us in a fun way. In 2010 we added our Guide Service which receives consistent high ratings due to our commitment to safety and customer service. Our Guides are trained as both Yosemite Guides and also as Summer Camp Counselors. In addition to Yosemite knowledge, our guides receive training in positive youth development, adventure programming, and facilitating fun! Whether on a day trip or 5-day backpacking trip, it’s our passion to facilitate a family adventure full of lasting memories in which you can leave all the worries to us.

Some of our Quick Picks for Families:


Great for families with younger children and/or families looking for an easier hike

Giant Sequoias on one of our Yosemite Day Hikes
Giant Sequoia Grove Hike
view from one of our Yosemite Guided Backpacking Tours
Amazing Sunsets
Yosemite Valley Guided Hike Views
Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour


Middle-of the road. Good for most active families with active youth generally at age 10 and above. Trips involve some uphill but more downhill.

Explore our Yosemite Hiking Tours
North Dome Day Hike
Yosemite Day Hikes along the Mist Trail
Mist Trail / Nevada Fall Loop
View of May Lake from one of our Yosemite Backpacking Trips
May Lake to Snow Creek


More strenuous. Good for active families who want a bit of a challenge and the rewards that come with accomplishing these challenges.

View from Clouds Rest - Yosemite Day Hikes
Clouds Rest Hike
On the way up to Yosemite Falls on our Yosemite Hiking Tours
Yosemite Falls Day Hike
View from one of Our Yosemite Backpacking trips
Alpine Lakes and Summits
One of our Yosemite backpacking trips from Tuolumne to Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows to Half Dome

What our guests have said about our Yosemite family programs:

“Great experience, great staff, great service.”

“My daughter and I had an EXCELLENT adventure with this tour! We saw the most amazing sights, we are still overwhelmed with how far we actually backpacked in just 4 days, and we can’t wait to come back and do another adventure with this amazing group of people!”

“Our family (my wife and I and two daughters in their early twenties) went on a custom 5-day/4-night Yosemite camping trip organized by Lasting Adventures. This was a great way to experience Yosemite and all of us enthusiastically recommend Lasting Adventures.”

“This trip was fantastic and Lasting Adventures was perfect for us. I would book with them again with complete confidence of a great trip.”

“My family (three adults and two nine year olds) took a 7.5 mile hike with Lasting Adventures at Yosemite in late July 2013. Our guides, Camber and Rory, were terrific. They were personable, friendly and very knowledgeable about the park, our hike and the flora and fauna.”

“My wife and 4 kids joined Scott and Braden for a full day hike and then spent an evening going to a “secret” cave. My kids loved it and both Scott and Braden were very engaging with my guys (ages 10,12,13,17) as well as aware of each child’s hiking capabilities.”

“This Lasting Adventure helped me, help my daughter and I will be forever thankful for the gift.”

What we provide:

  • Experienced Yosemite Guide(s) also co-trained in positive youth development and adventure programming.
  • A commitment to customer service and safety
  • All required gear (backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, eating and cooking gear, etc.)
  • Trail knowledge of Yosemite including remote campsites, awesome viewpoints, backcountry lakes and waterfalls, etc.
  • Yosemite historical knowledge, stories, and anecdotes presented in an age-appropriate manner.
  • Games, stories, fun!
  • Tasty meals designed in unison with you. (We are also able to accommodate most all dietary restrictions.)
  • Memories to Last a Lifetime

Trips can be private for just your family, or we can schedule you together with additional clients. When scheduling privately, and as discussed with your family, we can provide an additional Guide for a nominal charge. In some cases we may also assign a Junior Guide (age 16-18) who is learning and growing within our program.

Feel free to register you family for any day trip and/or backpacking trip which you find most appealing. As always you can contact us for a consultation in which we can help advise on any custom adventure. In so doing, we will assess your family based on ages, personal fitness level, and past Yosemite experiences if any. After selecting which Yosemite highlights your family would enjoy to experience, we will then work with you to design an itinerary that offers personal rewards through a bit of challenge. This experience is guaranteed to provide memories that will last a lifetime!

Although we can design any trip to best meet the needs and demands of all family members, below are some sample favorite choices for families. Please feel free to also contact us to design a custom adventure package for your family.

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