A Top Wellness Retreat in Northern California

If you’re looking for the best wellness retreat in northern California, Yosemite Hotels boasts two resort options to hone in on your health. Located just outside of Yosemite National Park’s Big Oak Flat Park entrance, Rush Creek Lodge and Evergreen Lodge are awaiting your arrival. 

We can promise that a visit to this expansive protected area within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains will be a life-changing experience for anyone. Witnessing El Capitan and Half Dome for the first (or fifth) time evokes awe-inspiring emotions that resonate within your soul, while dipping your toes into the alpine waters of Cathedral Lake connects you to nature in a profound way. 

view of el capitan on a wellness retreat in northern california

While the beauty of Yosemite National Park is expected, few people anticipate the variety of health and wellness opportunities in and around the park.  The area is quickly becoming a destination for those seeking California wellness retreats. Yosemite Hotel’s California wellness resorts offer a diverse portfolio of spa services and wellness experiences. We’ve listed our favorites to help you plan your trip below: 

A Yosemite Spa Hotel

Rush Creek Lodge and Spa at Yosemite

A highlight of our Yosemite resort is the Spa at Rush Creek, boasting world-class spa services minutes from the park entrance and steps from your room. The recently-renovated Yosemite health spa offers an indoor / outdoor experience that will pamper you from head to toe. 

Purchase a Rush Creek Spa day-use pass for $60 for unlimited use of all spa amenities, (even if you’re not an overnight guest!) and a full suite of treatments available for an additional fee. 

Rush Creek Spa Services

Combined with the allure of Yosemite’s breathtaking beauty,  Rush Creek Spa’s innovative treatments are inspired by nature. From massage to skin care, the therapeutic services at our top Yosemite spa follow advanced and holistic practices to ensure your California wellness retreat is perfect. 

Massage Treatments:

Whether you’ve spent the day hiking or  relaxing at the lodge, your body and mind will thank you for time well spent in the capable hands of our wellness team.  Enjoy a massage in one of our serene and welcoming private massage suites. 

Our massages include: 

  • Rush Creek Signature 
  • Hiker’s Delight
  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Synergy Hot Stone 
  • Pregnancy Massage

Massage Enhancements: 

  • Customized Essential Oil Aromatherapy $40
  • Coming soon! Hand or Foot Cocoon $25
  • Coming soon! Hand & Foot Cocoon $45
  • Chakra energy balancing stone treatment and take-home kit $25
  • Oil-infused lotion treatment and take-home gift $40

Massage descriptions and prices can be found here. 

Additional Treatments: 

  • Hand, Foot & Scalp Massage 
  • Magnesium Foot Soak 
  • Magnesium, Shea Butter Foot Scrub & Massage

close of up a massage at a yosemite spa hotel

Skin Care Treatments:

  • Deep Cleansing Facial 
  • Hydrating Facial
  • Anti Aging Facial 

Our skin care treatments feature Eminence Organic Skin Care, a line certified by the non-profit B Lab® to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency just like the Lodge.

Skin care treatment descriptions and prices can be found here. 

Rush Creek Spa Amenities

During your visit to the Spa at Rush Creek you’ll have access to the full suite of services, as well as the spa amenities that you can enjoy at your leisure. 

Spa Amenities

  • Aromatherapy Steam Room: Inhale the aromas of eucalyptus and lemongrass as you release stress, strengthen your immune system, increase circulation and more
  • Himalayan Salt Black Sauna: Reduce inflammation, improve circulation and melt away the stresses of daily life in our Himalayan Salt Black Sauna. 
  • Cool Mist Shower: Awaken your senses with a cool mist shower helping increase circulation, calming itchy skin and reducing muscle soreness. 
  • Sensory Room: Indulge in the quiet sounds, fading colors and relaxing aromas of this multi-sensory experience.
  • Warm River Rock Beds: Utilize the warmth of heated river rocks to relieve muscle tension and pain. 
  • Warm Waterfall Coves: Lower your blood pressure and improve your physical and mental health as you enjoy the therapeutic effects of falling water.
  • Mineral Waterfall Hot Tub: Natural salts and minerals massage your joints, relieve pain, and naturally hydrate your skin.  

Rush Creek Lodge Fitness

As an important part of anyone’s health and wellness journey, fitness is convenient at Rush Creek Lodge. The indoor fitness center is equipped with two Peloton bikes, two treadmills, and an elliptical, while one-of-a-kind classes are also available. 

Yoga in Yosemite:

Rush Creek Lodge has incorporated yoga practice into its overall wellness program with on-site certified instructors. Focusing on alignment and breathing, the Hatha-style practice welcomes all levels of experience. 

BOGAfit at Rush Creek

This fun, seasonal pool activity will test your core on a cross between a paddle board and yoga mat. BOGAfit is family friendly and combines yoga, pilates and boot camp for an epic workout.

yoga pose on a rock in yosemite national park

Northern California Resort Spa Deals

Take the stress out planning with Rush Creek Lodge’s spa and wellness package combining our top Yosemite spa services.

  • Enjoy two nights in a deluxe king room for two, a 50-minute massage treatment per adult, two spa day use passes, one soothing mineral foot soak per adult, snacks, and a signature cocktail per adult.

Stay for breakfast with our bed and breakfast package highlighting seasonal menus that will satisfy any appetite. 

  • Choose from an entrée, juice and custom brewed coffee or tea from our main breakfast menu. 

An Alternative Wellness Resort in California 

Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite

Located just eight miles from the Yosemite National Park entrance, Evergreen Lodge, offers its own unique wellness resort experience. The newly-expanded historic resort features one-of-a-kind massage experiences, quiet space and more. 

Private Massage Cabanas

After an active day exploring Yosemite National Park, relax and unwind with a visit to one of several private massage cabanas located throughout the property.  These exclusive huts provide privacy with a view of the wilderness. 

Massage Treatments: 

  • Evergreen Signature
  • Hiker’s Delight
  • Swedish 
  • Deep Tissue 
  • Synergy Hot Stone 
  • Hand, Foot & Scalp Massage 

Guests can browse the full selection of Evergreen Lodge massages available here.

A Yosemite Nature Walk

Evergreen boasts an on-site nature trail that winds through the majestic forests surrounding the property’s cabins. You’ll discover new and exciting views (and history) around every turn as you locate markers detailing the more than 100-year history of the property and local flora and fauna. 

When you’re ready to take a break, lounge between the trees on one of several hammocks throughout the property. 

Evergreen Lodge Pool and Hot Tub

Practice self-care with a long soak in our Yosemite hotel’s saltwater hot tub or pool overlooking Sunset Point. The expansive 2,000 square foot pool provides ample space to swim, while the spacious hot tub allows seating for fourteen guests to soak. The walk-up pool bar is serving up light fare and poolside drinks daily. Bathrooms, changing rooms and showers are also available for guest use.


Whatever your wellness goals might be, Yosemite Hotels has something for everyone. From active adventure to massage with a view, your California wellness treat will be unforgettable. Book your stay at one of our Yosemite resort properties today.