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With summer in full swing, REI Co-op and AutoCamp are bringing new immersive experiences to Yosemite National Park. REI has launched six fully guided day tours for visitors to fully experience the wonder of one of the nation’s most epic natural places. Guests staying at AutoCamp’s newly opened high-end outdoor lodging property can arrange their REI-led hikes with optional transportation to and from the comfort of their custom Airstream or luxury canvas tent.
A guided day tour with the expertise of a local guide is an incredible way to bask in the park’s majesty, including North America’s tallest waterfall, giant Sequoia groves, sparkling lakes and abundant wildlife,” said Seth Heald, REI director North America operations. “We are excited to partner with AutoCamp and expand on our collaboration as they too are focused on providing unique and unrivaled experiences.”
“REI’s purpose of awakening a lifelong love of the outdoors for all aligns perfectly with AutoCamp’s mission of connecting people with the outdoors and each other,” said Neil Dipaola, CEO of AutoCamp. “We’re excited to team up with a reputable brand like REI to create exciting and new ways for people to experience the outdoors.”
Appropriate for beginning and moderate hiking enthusiasts, REI’s day tours last between four and seven hours and are led by professional local guides who are incredibly knowledgeable about the park’s history, flora and fauna. Each experience includes a gourmet lunch, snacks, water, and use of a daypack and trekking poles. The day tours are:
•Nevada and Vernal Falls Hiking Tour
•Taft Point and Sentinel Dome Hiking Tour
•Upper Yosemite Falls Hiking Tour
•Yosemite Cathedral Lakes Hiking Tour
•Yosemite Mariposa Grove Hiking Tour
•Yosemite Valley Interpretive Hiking Tour
Day tour prices start at $155 per person. AutoCamp guests can arrange private tours and transportation or catch a ride on Yosemite’s public transit to the meeting location. Learn more or book an AutoCamp stay at https://autocamp.com/ or through the co-op’s Camping Project platform, https://www.rei.com/campgrounds, an interactive guide to adventures, outdoor lodging and campsites.
AutoCamp Yosemite is located just a three-hour drive from San Francisco and 45 minutes from the central valley of Yosemite National Park, which features a variety of natural wonders such as waterfalls, beautiful hikes, and iconic views. AutoCamp Yosemite is the brand’s third and largest location to date, with fully outfitted, custom-designed Airstream suites, luxurious canvas tents, and beautiful accessible suites seamlessly blending thoughtful design with the great outdoors. Lodging rates start at $200 per night. A two-story clubhouse stands as the center of AutoCamp Yosemite, with meeting space, a fully stocked shop, luxury bathrooms, showers, pond and swimming pool. The property also features REI’s Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1 bikes that are available for AutoCamp guests as a complimentary amenity.
REI’s new Yosemite day tours expand on the co-op’s popular multiday trips in the park. Today, the co-op’s travel assortment offers more active adventures in Yosemite than any other national park. Trips span three to seven days, and include backpacking deep into the park, hiking adventures that stay at REI’s deluxe camp, and winter snowshoe trips. In addition, there are options for families, women-focused trips, and service-oriented vacations for people who want to volunteer alongside rangers to restore trails and fragile natural resources.