Located in Madera County, Oakhurst is nestled in the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains at 2200 ft elevation. The center of the community is in a valley with the Fresno River flowing through it. Oak trees are predominate with the pine tree forest starting at just about 3000 ft elevation. Oakhurst is home to approximately 13,000 people with 30,000 people residing in the whole mountain community.
State Highway 41 from Fresno runs through Oakhurst and is the main highway to the South gate of Yosemite National Park. Highway 49 North, provides access to Mariposa.
Oakhurst is the center of the mountain community and thus the center of commerce. The city host 2 large supermarkets, theater, bowling ally, 6 fast food restaurants and mixture of other fine dining facilities. Over a dozen hotels, B&B's and Inns support the visiting public. Hundereds of other business make Oakhurst a truely complete community.
Oakhurst is home to Yosemite High School and together with the feeder schools meets the needs of over 1,200 students. Reedley College has a satellite facility in Oakhurst to provide community college classes for residents.
The weather in Oakhurst will range from just below freezing to 100 degrees. We have 4 real seasons but most of the time temperatures are moderate with extremes short lived. We get a taste of snow each winter and 20-30 inches of rain each year. Summer bring warm days in the upper 90's and cooler evenings in the 60's-70's. Winter is cold with low's just above freezing on average and 50-60 degree days.
Oakhurst is truly the Gateway city to the Western Sierra mountains. The Gate at Yosemite's southern entrance is a 30 minute drive and Bass Lake is just a short 15 minutes away. The Sierra National Forest is just minutes away and provides a large array of outdoor activities year round.