Newton Jasper Phillips left his home in Santa Barbara and homesteaded in the Bootjack district of Mariposa Co in 1900.
In the early 1900s tourists were flocking to the Yosemite area, drawn to this unique landscape by the words of John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt and guides were in demand.
When Newt started packing into the back country of the Sierra Nevada's is not certain, probably in the late teens, but by 1920 he was going strong.
Every spring Newt would leave his homestead in Bootjack and drive his stock to a small set of corrals behind the pond in Fish Camp on property rented from Charlie Beery,
the major land owner at that time. Fish Camp served as Newt's summer Head Quarters until the early 1930,s when he moved his operation to Jackass Meadow.
Over the last 70 years since its inception, Yosemite Trails has changed very little. For three generations our family
The Pack Station as it stands today is like a time capsule. We have been blessed with an opportunity to share our western heritage with guests from around the world. Third generation packer and cowboy, Larry Knapp is certified as a Master of “LEAVE NO TRACE” by the National Outdoor Leadership School and is committed to teaching low impact camping skills to fellow horsemen and campers. We take pride in our stewardship of the Sierras and the Pack Station so future generations can also enjoy these historic and scenic lands.
So when you’re planning your next vacation, bring your family up to the Sierras and enjoy a winter sleigh ride, or this summer; a western BBQ or a horseback ride with The Yosemite Cowboys.