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917 mi 1,476 km of trail 33 Recommended Routes

Gems 24 Gems Easy Trails 45 Trails Intermediate Trails 145 Trails Hard Trails 31 Trails

Yosemite National Park encompasses nearly 1,200 square miles of incredible scenery, ranging from deep valleys, high cliffs, ancient giant sequoias, tall waterfalls, and expansive wilderness. First protected in 1864, the park is a testament to the power of the glaciers, the strength of granite, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. Millions of people visit Yosemite each year to experience its beauty and its many opportunities for recreation.

To learn more about Yosemite National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Visitor center hours vary by season. For current hours of operation, call the public information office which is open from 9 am to 5 pm Pacific Time at (209)-372-0200. For more information about amenities offered by the various visitor centers and museums, visit the park's website.

  • Yosemite Valley Visitor Center: Open year round.
  • Valley Wilderness Center: Open May to October.
  • Yosemite Museum: Open year round.
  • Nature Center at Happy Isles: Open May to October.
  • Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center: Open late May to early September.
  • Indian Village of Ahwahnee: Open year round.
  • LeConte Memorial Lodge: Open summers only.
  • Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center: Open summer only.
  • Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center: Open summer only.
  • Wawona Visitor Center: Open summer only.
  • Big Oak Flat Information Station: Hours vary. Open from spring to fall.
  • Wawona Information Station: Hours vary. Open from spring to fall.
  • Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona: Open year round.
  • Mariposa Grove Museum: Open summer only.

Visiting Tips

Yosemite National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. However, the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station is open only during daylight hours (approximately) and some roads are closed due to snow from around November through May or June. Visit the park's website to see current closures, conditions, and other park alerts.

Visitors have their choice of recreation and sights to see depending on the season. Summer is the peak season in the park, and spring is the best season for the park's iconic waterfalls. The waterfalls reach their peak flow near the end of May and by August most waterfalls have little water or may be dry until after the next snowfall which is usually by November. Visitation tapers off in the fall and into the winter when the weather is consistently snowy and cold. Learn more about Yosemite in summer, fall, winter, or spring to help plan the best time to visit the park.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
  • Camping & Lodging

    Camping:
    Yosemite National Park has thirteen campgrounds; some are reservable while others operate on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777. From about April through October, reservations can be very difficult to get, and the first come, first served campgrounds often fill up early each day. Please note that sleeping in your car or RV is not permitted within Yosemite except in individual campsites. To learn more about camping in the park as well as to see specific information for each of the campgrounds, visit the park's website.

    • Upper Pines: 238 sites. Reservations available from February 11 to November 30. Open year round.
    • Lower Pines: 60 sites. Reservations available. Open late March to early November.
    • North Pines: 81 sites. Reservations available. Open early April to early November.
    • Camp 4: 35 sites. First come, first served. No RVs or trailers. Open year round.
    • Wawona: 93 sites. Reservations available from April 11 to October 10. Open year round.
    • Bridalveil Creek: 110 sites. First come, first served. Open July through mid September.
    • Hodgdon Meadow: 105 sites. Reservations available from April 11 to October 10. Open year round.
    • Crane Flate: 166 sites. Reservations available. Open mid July to mid October.
    • Tamarack Flat: 52 sites. First come, first served. No RVs or trailers. Open July to mid October.
    • White Wolf: 74 sites. First come, first served. Open July to late September.
    • Yosemite Creek: 75 sites. First come, first served. No RVs or trailers. Open July to early September.
    • Porcupine Flat: 52 sites. First come, first served. Open July to mid October.
    • Tuolumne Meadows: 304 sites. Half of the sites are reservable. Open mid July to late September.

    Backcountry Camping:
    With nearly 95% of Yosemite National Park designated as wilderness, backpacking and backcountry camping is also popular. A wilderness permit is required and can be obtained in advance with a reservation up to 24 weeks in advance. A limited number of permits can also be obtained on a first come, first served basis. For more information on wilderness permits and other backcountry camping regulations, visit the park's website.

    Lodging:
    Lodging options in Yosemite National Park range from simple tent cabins at the High Sierra Camps to deluxe rooms at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Visit the Travel Yosemite website for full descriptions, prices, and online reservations. Reservations are available 365 days in advance and are strongly recommended, especially from spring through fall and during holidays.

    A variety of lodging options are available in the gateway communities surrounding, and on private land within, Yosemite. In these areas, options range from luxurious to affordable, including hotels and motels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, hostels, and tent cabins.

    Food & Drink

    Yosemite has a variety of restaurants and other dining options available year round in Yosemite Valley and seasonally at Wawona, Badger Pass, Glacier Point, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Meadows. Groceries are also available all year in Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Crane Flat, and El Portal, and seasonally at Tuolumne Meadows. Visitors are also invited to use the picnic areas throughout the park which are available on a first come, first served basis. Most picnic areas have a picnic table, vault toilets, and garbage and recycling bins.

    Other Activities

    Yosemite National Park is a "mecca" for rock climbers. Known for its unrivaled sheer and towering granite domes, Yosemite is home to many of the most classic rock climbing routes in the world. Check out Mountain Project for all of the climbing beta on over 1,300 routes in Yosemite. Other great ways to enjoy the park include camping, birdwatching, fishing, horseback riding, and auto touring. In the warmer weather, visitors can also go swimming, boating, or rafting. Winter recreation is just as varied with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating all being popular winter activities. For those looking to extend their adventure outside of the park, opportunities for mountain biking abound, including at the nearby town of Mammoth Lakes and up the road at Buck Meadows.

    Gems in Yosemite National Park - 24

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    gem Favorite A lovely summer day at Glacier Point.

    Glacier Point

    (91) Yosemit…, CA
    gem Favorite Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park.

    Vernal Falls

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    gem Favorite Yosemite Valley

    Tunnel View

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    gem Favorite The Lower Yosemite Falls

    Yosemite Falls

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    gem Favorite Watch your step!

    Half Dome

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    gem Favorite Such an incredible spot in Yosemite. Clouds Rest is appropriately named with 360 views of the park including Half Dome.

    Clouds Rest

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    gem Favorite Sentinel Dome Summit

    Sentinel Dome

    (29) Yosemit…, CA
    gem Favorite A giant in the Mariposa Grove.

    Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees

    (29) Oakhurst, CA

    Recommended Routes in Yosemite National Park - 34

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    Favorite Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park.
    Difficult

    Half Dome

    14.5 mi 23.4 km 4,457' Up 1358.42 m Up 4,457' Down 1358.36 m Down

    Yosemit…, CA
    Favorite The top of Nevada Falls is the best place on earth.
    Difficult

    Vernal and Nevada Falls Loop

    6.2 mi 10.0 km 1,999' Up 609.27 m Up 1,998' Down 608.87 m Down

    Yosemit…, CA
    Favorite Yosemite Falls
    Easy

    Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

    1.0 mi 1.6 km 75' Up 22.74 m Up 84' Down 25.55 m Down

    Yosemit…, CA
    Favorite Such an incredible spot in Yosemite. Clouds Rest is appropriately named with 360 views of the park including Half Dome.
    Difficult

    Clouds Rest Viewpoint Trail

    12.4 mi 20.0 km 2,129' Up 649.04 m Up 2,130' Down 649.17 m Down

    Yosemit…, CA
    Favorite Sentinel Dome Summit
    Intermediate

    Sentinel Dome

    2.1 mi 3.4 km 350' Up 106.59 m Up 349' Down 106.51 m Down

    Yosemit…, CA
    Favorite Half Dome towering above Mirror Lake/Meadow
    Easy/Intermediate

    Mirror Lake Loop

    4.7 mi 7.6 km 290' Up 88.29 m Up 289' Down 88.22 m Down

    Yosemit…, CA
    Favorite Yosemite Falls with Half Dome in the background.
    Difficult

    Upper Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Point Hike

    8.0 mi 12.8 km 3,374' Up 1028.33 m Up 3,374' Down 1028.39 m Down

    Yosemit…, CA
    Favorite Bridalveil Waterfall, Yosemite
    Easy

    Bridalveil Falls Trail

    0.4 mi 0.7 km 98' Up 29.98 m Up 98' Down 29.86 m Down

    Yosemit…, CA

    Trails in Yosemite National Park - 188

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    3.0 mi 4.9 km #1Upper Yosemite Falls
    Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
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    Yosemite Valley, CA 120 
    4.2 mi 6.8 km #2Four Mile Trail
    Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
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    Yosemite Valley, CA 91 
    1.6 mi 2.6 km #3Mist Trail
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
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    Yosemite Valley, CA 67 
    5.6 mi 9.0 km #4Panorama Trail
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA 29 
    9.2 mi 14.9 km #5Clouds Rest Trail
    Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
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    Yosemite Valley, CA 23 
    2.1 mi 3.4 km #6Half Dome Trail
    Very Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
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    Yosemite Valley, CA 19 
    12.9 mi 20.7 km #7Pohono Trail
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
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    Yosemite Valley, CA 20 
    7.0 mi 11.2 km #8Chilnualna Falls Trail
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Midpines, CA
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    Midpines, CA 21 
    16.5 mi 26.5 km #9Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    35.0 mi 56.3 km #10JMT: Segment 2 - Tuolomne Meadows to Devils Postpile
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    6.5 mi 10.4 km #11Vogelsang Pass Trail
    Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    0.9 mi 1.5 km #12Lower Cathedral Lake Trail
    Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA 10 
    22.5 mi 36.2 km #13JMT: Segment 1 - Happy Isles to Tuolomne Meadows
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    4.0 mi 6.4 km #14Mirror Lake Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA 16 
    74.8 mi 120.3 km #15PCT: Tuolumne Meadow to Sonora Pass
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    0.3 mi 0.5 km #16El Capitan Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    0.6 mi 0.9 km #17Eagle Peak Trail
    Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    0.5 mi 0.8 km #18Roosevelt Point Trail
    Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    6.6 mi 10.6 km #19Young Lakes Trail
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    1.8 mi 2.9 km #20Mt. Hoffman Trail
    Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA
    Difficult
    Yosemite Valley, CA

    Photos of Yosemite National Park - 1085

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    Yosemite Valley
    Aug 25, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
    The top of Nevada Falls is the best place on earth.
    Mar 31, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA
    Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park.
    Aug 11, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA
    September sunset over Lake Tenaya in Yosemite National Park.
    Apr 12, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
    The mighty Merced River.
    May 7, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
    Yosemite Falls with Half Dome in the background.
    Jun 2, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
    Looking back down the Mist Trail, you can see it ascends this phenomenal valley.
    Mar 31, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA
    Yosemite Valley as seen from Tunnel View.
    Oct 26, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA