Yosemite Steam Train + Jazz Music

FISHING CAMP – The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroadlocated four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park, is back!

This popular attraction railway awakens from its annual winter slumber, once again delighting passengers (young and old).

Starting today, visitors can once again board the open-top steam train “Logger” on an hour-long tour through the Sierra Nevada. The Thornberry Museum, on-site gold panning, and Kids Depot toy store make Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad the perfect destination for any family getaway to South Yosemite.

“Our crew is thrilled to welcome guests back to the railroad again,” exclaimed Scott McGhee, general manager of Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. “Old-timers will love seeing new additions like the working model train in the Kids’ Depot toy store and an impressive historical display of a section of the original Madera Sugar Pine Canal. In addition to our daily steam train tours, we’ll be running special events for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Pioneer Days and Jazz Train concerts.

Trains depart daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Passengers can purchase tickets and view timetables at www.ymsprr.com.

“It’s a great place for families, history buffs and people who like to escape the hustle and bustle to return to a simpler time,” McGhee continued. “We have gold panning, packed lunches, a snack bar for refreshments and picnic tables for your enjoyment.”

As for those special events, mark the calendar for Sunday, May 1, 2022, as famed pianist Keiko Matsui will begin an inspiring series of Jazz Train concerts throughout the summer season.

Jazz Train ticket holders will begin their evening with gourmet appetizers, local libations and an antique steam train ride to a glade. They’ll experience a performance hall surrounded by impossibly tall pine trees, jazz music wafting through the trees, and the awe-inspiring musical notes of 10 dynamic acts on the schedule. Such acts include headlining jazz musicians like David Benoit and Lee Rock of stray cats.

Learn more about music programming and evening programming at www.jazzconcerts.com.

While enjoying steam train whistles, views of the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias and more in this world famous destination, pick up a collectible card for Ricky the Raccoon, part of Visit Yosemite | Madera County Welcoming Committee. Only two Host Committee trading cards along the Fossils to Falls Road Trip route are needed to enter the Yosemite Adventure Contest, where the grand prize is an amazing gift from a dream vacation in Madera County .

The region is looking forward to the return of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad for an exciting 2022 season. Today, travelers will once again ride a historic railroad, relaxing and recreating in the shadow of the ever-alluring Yosemite National Park.

Image by Lucas Alexander.

Ada J. Kenney