YOSEMITE

Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park is without a a doubt, California's most treasured jewel. Yosemite is an outdoor playground with activities including hiking, sightseeing, fishing, swimming, skiing and so much more. If you were to only take one trip to California in your lifetime, Yosemite National Park must be on your list of places to visit. Unfortunately, overcrowding has become an issue in the park. Most Yosemite camping requires reservations and some campgrounds even require 3 tents per campsite in order to maximize space.

YOSEMITE LOCATION:
Situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that run north and south through the middle of California, Yosemite National Park is approximately 210 miles (4.5 hours) east of San Francisco and 310 miles (6 hours) north of Los Angeles. Yosemite Valley is due east of Modesto.

FEES:
Park entrance is $15 for an individual or motorcycle and $30 per vehicle ($25 in Winter) at the time of this writing in 2015. This includes park entry and 7-days whether you stay in or out of the park. Fees are discounted for senior citizens and waived for the blind or permanently disabled. Fees for Yosemite camping are from $6 to $26 per night for tent and RV camping. Pets are welcome but must remain on leash and are not allowed on trails nor many portions of the park. Kennel boarding is available at the Yosemite Valley Horse Stables near North Pines Campground.

Check CURRENT CONDITIONS

TIP: The National Park Service offers FEE FREE DAYS to some National Parks on select weekends through the Summer. Use this link to view available dates.

blog See our Yosemite National Park blog for more details.
blog See our YOSEMITE CAMPING blog for more details of campgrounds.
flickr See our Yosemite National Park photo album on Flickr.

pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP  |   pdf YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK MAP  |   pdf YOSEMITE VILLAGE MAP  |   pdf HALF DOME VILLAGE MAP

Attractions

Half Dome

Yosemite Valley is the hub for activity in the park. The valley was carved by ancient glaciers that left behind a fertile landscape of pine forest and meadows. The most dramatic views of Yosemite Valley can be captured from the Wawona Tunnel or Glacier Point, both located off Highway 41 at the southern entrance. The valley offers Yosemite Valley Lodge, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite cabins and Yosemite camping accommodations. Activities include fishing, swimming, rafting, ice skating, hiking, biking and rock climbing. Many shops and boutiques offer plenty of options for souvenirs and Yosemite camping supplies. This is the hub for Yosemite tours and group activities.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP


Half Dome is the most recognizable landmark in Yosemite National Park. This massive granite dome was sheared cleanly in half around 30,000 years ago and today faces north into the Yosemite Valley. Hikers follow a cable-lined trail up the backside of the Half Dome to the top only after a rigorous 14-mile hike to the base.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP


El Capitan is a vertical granite megalith that rises above the northwestern side of Yosemite Valley to 3,593 feet. This is a world-class face for rock climbers because of its negative vertical section. Rock climbers can often be spotted clinging to the shear wall or hanging in their sleeping bags. The difficulty in spotting them gives realization to the extreme height of El Capitan.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


Yosemite Falls from The Mountain Room

Yosemite Falls is a combination of two waterfalls that comprise the tallest waterfall in North America at 2425-feet. Yosemite Falls is located on the north side of Yosemite Valley. Trails lead to a footbridge at the base of the lower falls or all the way to the top of the upper falls. Spring provides the best show at maximum water capacity which gradually lessens to a trickle by fall.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP


Bridalveil Falls drops 620-feet from the from the high country in the south, down to mist the onlookers below. A short trail from the parking lot puts you in the Bridalveil Falls mist. Spring provides the best show at maximum water capacity which gradually lessens by Fall.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


Giant Sequoias in Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is a Giant Sequoia forest located in the high country to the south near Wawona. Walk the 3-miles of trail through the Sequoia forest and/or take the one-hour narrated tram ride which ends at the visitor center. These relatives to the giant redwoods of the north coast are some of the oldest trees in the world. The massive size and age of Sequoia trees like the 'Grizzley Giant' is impressive. Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is located off Highway 41 at the southernmost entrance to Yosemite National Park.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is a Giant Sequoia forest located in the high country to the north. This Sequoia grove is spread over a larger area than Mariposa Grove and contains the 'Dead Giant', a walk-through Sequoia tree. Tuolumne Grove is much less crowded than Mariposa Grove due to the steep hike in and lack of shuttle tours. Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is located off Highway 120 near Crane Flat, at the western entrance to Yosemite National Park.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


Glacier Point is located in the high country to the south and offers a bird's-eye-view of the entire Yosemite Valley that can't be missed. Incredible photographs can be captured of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, North Dome, Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls or the entire valley & Yosemite backcountry.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP

NOTE: At 3214-feet above the valley elevation, one wrong step can earn you a fatal drop. Visitors make poor decisions and fall to their deaths here every year. Stay within designated barriers and watch children carefully.


Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls & Nevada Falls are accessed via a 6-mile moderate to strenuous hike from Yosemite Valley along 'The Mist Trail'. The first half of the trail is paved and ends at a footbridge with great views of Vernal Falls. Vernal and Nevada are two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and each is distinctly different. Spectacular views of both Yosemite waterfalls can be captured from Glacier Point. Spring provides the best show at maximum water capacity which gradually lessens by Fall.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP


The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly the Ahwahnee Hotel, is a luxury Yosemite hotel built in 1927 and located in Yosemite Valley. Its non-intrusive design incorporates logs, natural wood beams and stone to blend with the environment. The interior is lavishly decorated with Native American art, stained glass and chandeliers. Although The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is the most expensive Yosemite lodging, visitors are welcome to tour the hotel and grounds or dine in its five-star restaurant. Overnight options include staying in the hotel or detached suites & cottages. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel offers concierge service, bell service, valet parking and many more 5-star services. Views of Half Dome are outstanding and nearby hike & bike trails branch out through the valley.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP


Big Trees Lodge, formerly the Wawona Hotel, is a Victorian-era Yosemite hotel located in the high country to the south. Built in 1879 to serve visitors just as it does today, Big Trees Lodge is centered between many popular Yosemite attractions including the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Glacier Point, Yosemite Ski Area, Wawona Golf Course, Wawona Pioneer History Center and more. Big Trees Lodge activities include hiking, horseback riding, tennis, Ranger talks and swimming in the summertime pool.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


Wawona Pioneer History Center

The Wawona Pioneer History Center is located behind the Wawona store & gas station. It features the Wawona Covered Bridge, historic buildings and a collection of wagons and early pioneer equipment.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


Miwok Village

The Indian Village of Ahwahnee is located behind the Yosemite Village Museum and features a reconstructed Miwok Indian village and a glimpse into the everyday lives of Yosemite National Park's original inhabitants. Workers start fires by hand, grind acorn and offer tastes of acorn bread to visitors. Miwok Indian village exhibits include a Miwok ceremonial hut, sweathouse, grinding rocks and basket displays.
pdf YOSEMITE VILLAGE MAP


The Nature Center at Happy Isles is located at the far end of Yosemite Valley in the shadows of Glacier Point. The nature center features a bookstore and exhibits on the natural history, geology and wildlife of Yosemite National Park. The museum is situated at the trailhead for Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls.
pdf HALF DOME VILLAGE MAP


Things To Do

Parson's Lodge

Yosemite National Park has some of the most beautiful hiking scenery in all of the nation. Choose from hikes to towering waterfalls, to the top of granite domes, scenic overlooks with 4,000-foot drops and much, much more. Take advantage of the FREE Hiker Shuttles that shuffle hikers to all the popular trailheads. Hiker shuttles can be caught from popular campgrounds or by short connection aboard Yosemite Valley Shuttles. Backpackers must obtain free wilderness permits for overnight stay in the Yosemite backcountry. These can be found at any Yosemite National Park Wilderness Center. Bear canisters can be rented from the Valley Bookstore, Wawona Store or Hetch Hetchy entrance station. Bear Proof Food Lockers are available at the entrance of some popular trailheads. MORE DETAILS


Yosemite camping is available in the northern high-country of Tuolumne Meadows, throughout Yosemite Valley and in the southern region of Bridalveil Creek and Wawona. Choose from tent cabin resorts or pitch a tent. All Yosemite campsites come with a picnic table, fire pit with grill and bear locker for food storage. Showers are available in Yosemite Valley and RV dump stations, groceries and supplies are available in all regions. Most Yosemite campgrounds offer flush toilets. Yosemite High Sierra camps are also available by lottery. MORE DETAILS


Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

Downhill skiing is possible at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area in the southern high country. Ski rentals and a snow tubing park are also offered. Formerly known as Badger Pass, Yosemite Ski & Board Mountain is located off Glacier Point Road.
WEBSITE


Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing is offered at Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area off Glacier Point Road and at Crane Flat near the northwest entrance. Groomed cross-country ski trails are available throughout the high country regions of Yosemite National Park.
WEBSITE

TIP: Consider a ski-in, ski-out overnight stay at the Glacier Point Ski Hut, or Ostrander Ski Hut that is available by lottery through the Yosemite Association.


Snowshoeing is allowed throughout the park and rentals are available at the Cross-Country Center at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area or the Mountaineering Center in Half Dome Village. Yosemite Valley is a great place to try snowshoes for the first time.
WEBSITE


Wawona Golf Course

Golfing is offered at the Wawona Golf Course, Yosemite's only golf course. This par-70, 18-hole course opened in 1918 and was the first golf course in the Sierra Nevada. The Wawona Golf Course is situated across Highway 41 from the Big Trees Lodge.
WEBSITE


Fishing is allowed in almost all of the reservoirs, lakes, rivers and streams in Yosemite National Park. Rainbow trout and brown trout are stocked when snow is not present. Most of the stores carry light tackle including Tuolumne Meadows, Crane Flat and Wawona Stores, but the Yosemite Valley Sports Shop has everything you need. Lakes & reservoirs can be fished year-round while April to November is the open season on rivers and streams. A fishing license is required for ages 16 and up. Be sure to double check the regulations at a Ranger Station before venturing out.
WEBSITE


Yosemite National Park offers world-class rock climbing. Yosemite rock climbing options range from climbing up the backsides of domes to scaling the faces of Half Dome and El Capitan. Equipment is available at the Yosemite Mountain Shop in Half Dome Village or the Tuolumne Meadows Mountaineering School.
WEBSITE


Soar 7,000 feet above Yosemite Valley gliding past Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and many more Yosemite attractions. Hang glider jumping point is near Glacier Point. Four pilots are permitted to hang glide at one time. Aircraft must be class 1 and 2 non-powered gliders.
WEBSITE


Half Dome

There are endless Yosemite backpacking options for camping in the Yosemite backcountry. Choose from guided group backpacking trips, personalized guided trips or go it alone. For guided trips call (209) 372-8344 to reserve. If you're going it alone, obtain a Yosemite wilderness permit from any Yosemite National Park Wilderness Center. In the winter they can be obtained at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, Hill's Studio Porch, Big Oak Flat Info Station, Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station, Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut and Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ski Hut. Yosemite National Park also offers 5 High Sierra Camps available by lottery only. They include dormitory-style tent cabins with two meals a day and some have camping showers. Call (559) 253-5674 for more information and to enter the High Sierra Camp lottery. The Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, Wawona Store and Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station rent bear canisters for proper food storage.
WEBSITE


Enjoy a refreshing cool down in the Merced River during the summer months. Bring your own inner tube or rent an inner tube from the Half Dome Village Recreation Center and return via shuttle bus. Typical inner tubing season is from May to July but can change due to fluctuating water levels from year to year.
WEBSITE


Guided white water rafting in the Merced River is offered by Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions. Everything from half-day to two-day white water trips are available with meals included. This is the 'Real Deal' with several class 4 rapids.
WEBSITE


Yosemite Valley features 12-miles of paved bike trail and virtually flat terrain for just about anyone to enjoy. Bring your own bike or rent one from either Half Dome Village at the recreation center or the Yosemite Valley Lodge. Yosemite bike rentals are available for the handicapped including a tandem bike for the blind. Call to reserve (209) 372-4386.
WEBSITE


Yosemite ice skating is available during the winter at the outdoor Half Dome Village Skating Rink. Considered one of the most beautiful ice rinks in California.
WEBSITE


Horseback Riding in Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite horseback riding is available during the warmer months in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite Valley and Wawona. Adventures include 2-hours to all-day horseback riding tours that head to lakes, waterfalls, meadows and much more. Be sure to reserve in advance: Yosemite Valley Stable (209) 372-8348; Tuolumne Meadows Stable (209) 372-8427; Wawona Stable (209) 375-6502
WEBSITE


Public Swimming Pools are available in Half Dome Village and at Yosemite Valley Lodge (small fee applies). The Big Trees Lodge erects an above-ground swimming pool during the summer season. These are great alternatives to swimming in the rivers and streams throughout Yosemite National Park if water levels or temperatures are not ideal.
WEBSITE


Campgrounds with amphitheaters and other locations throughout the park offer a variety of Yosemite camping activities. Join one of the nightly ranger-led talks each night at your campground amphitheater or attend one of the larger events at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite Theater or other large venue. Camping activities include everything from singing classic songs to venturing out for moonlight walking tours.
WEBSITE


Yosemite Tours are offered aboard open air shuttles and tour buses. Choose from several breathtaking Yosemite tours including the Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Glacier Point, Sequoia Trees, Moonlight Tour and more. Yosemite tours range from a half-hour to all-day and some include a one-way option for those looking to hike back.
WEBSITE


Yosemite Family Adventures offers private guided tours in Yosemite National Park. Choose from all-inclusive, multi-day adventures including sightseeing, hiking, fly fishing, stargazing, backpacking and more. All tours are customized to your abilities. Test your outdoor ruggedness with a winter backpacking tour. Capture photos from scenic vistas most visitors don't know about. Packs, meals and trekking poles are included.
WEBSITE


Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is located in Fishcamp just south of Yosemite National Park off Highway 41. Hop aboard an old logging train that traverses through the Sequoia trees from Fishcamp to Oakhurst and back. Many train tour options are available including dinner trains. Train cars include open-air and enclosed models.
WEBSITE


TUOLUMNE MEADOWS

Services

Yosemite gas stations are available in Tuolumne Meadows, Crane Flat and Wawona. No fuel is available in Yosemite Valley.


RV dump stations are available in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite Valley at the Upper Pines Campground entrance and Wawona down Forest Drive, just north of the Wawona store.


Yosemite Village Store

Yosemite grocery stores are available in Tuolumne Meadows, Crane Flat, Yosemite Village, Half Dome Village, Housekeeping Camp and Wawona.


ATMs are located at Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite Village Store, Half Dome Village Store, Yosemite Village next to the art center and the Wawona store.


Yosemite camping supplies are available in Tuolumne Meadows, Crane Flat, Yosemite Village, Half Dome Village, Housekeeping Camp and Wawona.


Yosemite Wilderness Permits can be purchased from any Yosemite National Park Wilderness Center. In off seasons they are found at the Valley Visitor Center, Hill's Studio Porch, Big Oak Flat Info Station, Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station, Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut and the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ski Hut. Wilderness permits are necessary for overnight stays in the Yosemite backcountry.


Backpacking bear canisters are available for rent at the Valley Visitor Center, Wawona Store and Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station.


Camping showers are available in Half Dome Village and Housekeeping Camp. Camping showers in Half Dome Village are $5.00 per person (2012) and include soap, shampoo, body towel, lockers, private enclosure and hot water for as long as you like. Half Dome Village camping showers are available for guests staying at Half Dome Village and all Pines campgrounds. Other camps must use the showers at Housekeeping Camp.


Yosemite laundry facilities are available at Housekeeping Camp in Yosemite Valley.


Yosemite dog kennels are available at Yosemite Valley Horse Stables near the North Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley.


Yosemite auto repair shops are located at Yosemite Village and Half Dome Village.


Half Dome in Winter

Health services are available at the Yosemite Medical Clinic in Yosemite Village, on Ahwahnee Road.


Yosemite shuttles are available at 21 stops in Yosemite Valley. Free shuttles are available from the Tioga Pass (Hwy 120) entrance at Crane Flat to Olmstead Point in the north and Wawona to Mariposa Grove in the south (Hwy 41). Free shuttle is also available from Yosemite Valley to the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area in the winter. Hiker shuttles run separate from the standard shuttle system and stop at of the most popular trailheads in Yosemite.


Yosemite bike rentals are available at Yosemite Valley Lodge and Half Dome Village at the recreation center for traversing the 12-miles of Yosemite Valley bike paths. Bikes are available for the handicapped including a tandem bike for the blind. Call to reserve (209) 372-4386.


Inner tubes and rafts for floating down the Merced River are available at the Half Dome Village Recreation Center. Raft rental includes safety equipment and a ride on a return shuttle.


Yosemite tours are available from Yosemite Valley Lodge, Half Dome Village and the Yosemite Village Visitor Center. Tour the Yosemite high country, Yosemite Valley and other picturesque locations aboard an open-air shuttle.


Groceries & Souvenirs

Tuolomne Meadows Store is located off Highway 120 in the northern high country. They provide groceries, camping supplies, gifts and more. An adjacent 24-hour gas station is one of only 3 in Yosemite National Park. A nearby mountaineering school sells hiking and backpacking supplies. Closed in winter


Crane Flat Gas & Store is located off Highway 120 at the northwest entrance to Yosemite National Park. They provide groceries, camping supplies, gifts and more. An adjacent 24-hour gas station is one of only 3 in Yosemite National Park.


acorns

The Majestic Yosemite Gift Shop is located in Yosemite Valley within The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Purchase Native American art in the form of pottery, Kachina dolls and textiles. Other gift items of international origin are available. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel also has a Sweet Shop that specializes in fine chocolates and other irresistible delicacies.


Yosemite Village is situated within Yosemite Valley. The Village is the main shopping center of Yosemite National Park. Several shops are situated along an outdoor path including the Yosemite Art Center, Village Store, Habitat Yosemite, Ansel Adams Gallery, Village Sport Shop and more. Everything from fine art to groceries and logoed souvenirs can be found in Yosemite Village.


Half Dome Village is located at the east end of Yosemite Valley. Half Dome Village has a gift & grocery store and the Yosemite Mountain Shop for the higher-end hiking and camping equipment.


Yosemite Valley Lodge is located in Yosemite Valley. They offer a gift shop with logoed souvenirs and The Nature Shop with fun & educational gifts concentrating on the ecology of the region.


Housekeeping Camp is located in Yosemite Valley. The general store offers groceries, firewood and other camping supplies.


Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is located off Glacier Point Road in the southern high country. The ski shop offers logoed souvenirs, accessories and ski & board apparel.


Pioneer Gift & Grocery is located off Highway 41 in the southern high country. They're situated in Wawona and offer a general store and gift shop with logoed souvenirs.


The Wawona Golf Shop is located off Highway 41 in the southern high country. Situated at the Big Trees Lodge, they sell logoed souvenirs, accessories and golf apparel.


Big Trees Gift Shop is located off Highway 41 at the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Situated in Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, they sell logoed souvenirs relating to the Giant Sequoia trees of Yosemite National Park.


HALF DOME

Camping

Tuolumne Campground

Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Campground offers 304 campsites for tent and RV camping at 8,600 ft (2,600 m) elevation. Tuolumne campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. Pets are permitted. RV dump stations and groceries are located west of the campground. Yosemite camping reservations recommended. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |  pdf CAMPGROUND MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is Yosemite's only drive-up High Sierra camp and is made up of 69 tent cabins. Amenities include camping showers and meals served at a centralized dining tent. Nearby facilities include a grocery store, gas station, horseback riding stables and mountaineering school. Yosemite camping reservations recommended. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Hodgdon Meadow Campground is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Hodgdon Meadow Campground offers 105 campsites for tent and RV camping at 4,900 ft (1,500 m) elevation. Hodgdon Meadow campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. Pets are permitted. Yosemite camping reservations recommended.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |  pdf CAMPGROUND MAP  |   YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Crane Flat Campground is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Campground offers 166 campsites for tent and RV camping at 6,200 ft (1,900 m) elevation. Crane Flat campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. Limited grocery store and gas available nearby. Pets are permitted. Yosemite camping reservations recommended.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |   YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Tamarack Flat Campground is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Campground offers 52 campsites for tent and RV camping at 6,300 ft (1,900 m) elevation. Tamarack Flat campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. No running water and toilets are outhouse-style. No pets are permitted. No reservations. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


Park Ranger on Horseback

White Wolf Campground is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Campground offers 74 campsites for tent and small RV at 8,000 ft (2,400 m) elevation. White Wolf campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. Pets are permitted. No reservations. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


White Wolf Lodge is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Made up of 24 tent cabins, 4 of which have private baths. Meals are served in the White Wolf dining room. Yosemite camping reservations recommended. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Yosemite Creek Campground is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Campground offers 75 campsites for tent and RV camping at 7,700 (2,300 m) elevation. Yosemite Creek campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. No running water and toilets are outhouse-style. Pets are permitted. No reservations. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


Porcupine Flat Campground is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Campground offers 52 campsites for tent and small RV at 8,100 ft (2,500 m) elevation. Porcupine Flat campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. No running water and toilets are outhouse-style. No pets are permitted. No reservations. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP


Camp Curry tent cabins

Half Dome Village Tent Cabins are located at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Half Dome Village, formerly Curry Village. Wood-framed on a wood sub-floor these Yosemite tent cabins can accommodate up to five people. Half Dome Village Tent Cabins come with beds, linens and electric lights. No electrical outlets, telephones, televisions, plumbing or daily maid service. Central showers, restrooms, restaurants, groceries, supplies and shopping are within a short walk. Yosemite camping reservations recommended. Horseback riding stables nearby.
NOTICE: Over 200 tent cabins are no longer available following a rock slide in October of 2008. Fortunately, no fatalities occurred but closure of 'at risk' cabins is necessary for visitor safety in the future.
pdf VILLAGE MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Upper Pines Campground is located at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. Campground offers 238 campsites for tent and RV camping at 4,000 ft (1,200 m) elevation. Upper Pines campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. Pets are permitted. RV dump station. Central showers, restrooms, restaurants, groceries, supplies, shopping and horseback riding stables are within walking distance. Yosemite camping reservations recommended.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP  |  pdf CAMPGROUND MAP  |   YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Lower Pines Campground

Lower Pines Campground is located at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. Campground offers 60 campsites for tent and RV camping at 4,000 ft (1,200 m) elevation. Lower Pines campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. Pets are permitted. Camping showers, restrooms, restaurants, groceries, supplies, shopping and horseback riding stables are within walking distance. Yosemite camping reservations recommended.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP  |  pdf CAMPGROUND MAP  |   YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


North Pines Campground is located at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. Campground offers 81 campsites for tent and RV camping at 4,000 ft (1,200 m) elevation. North Pines campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. Pets are permitted. Camping showers, restrooms, restaurants, groceries, supplies, shopping and horseback riding stables are within walking distance. Yosemite camping reservations recommended.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP  |  pdf CAMPGROUND MAP  |   YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Camp 4 Yosemite is located in the center of Yosemite Valley. Known as the "Rock Climbers Camp" for its starting point at the base of El Capitan, Camp 4 Yosemite offers 35 tent campsites at 4,000 ft (1,200 m) elevation. Central parking lot with no individual parking. Camp 4 campsites include fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. No pets permitted. No reservations.
pdf VALLEY MAP  |  NO RESERVATIONS

TIP: This is a mandatory three tent per campsite campground, even if you're not of the same party. Privacy is surrendered for the only non-reservation campground in the valley.


Housekeeping Camp is located at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. Campground offers 266 three-walled units with canvas fronts to make up this cross between camping and tent cabins. Each camp can accommodate up to six with bunk beds and cots. Housekeeping campsites include fire rings, electrical outlets and lighting. Extra cots, blankets, stoves and more can be rented at minimal cost. Housekeeping Camp is situated at one of the most pristine locations in Yosemite Valley with views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. An adjacent sandy beach offers plenty of things to do in the Merced River. Camping showers, laundromat and limited groceries are available on premises. Running water and flushing toilets. No pets, tents or RVs permitted. Yosemite camping reservations recommended.
pdf VALLEY MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Bridalveil Creek Campground is located off Glacier Point Road in the southern high-country. Campground offers 110 campsites for tent and RV camping at 7,200 ft (2,200 m) elevation. Bridalveil Creek campsites include a fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. Pets are permitted except in group campsites. Horse camp available. Yosemite camping reservations recommended. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |  pdf CAMPGROUND MAP  |   YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Wawona Campground

Wawona Campground is located off Highway 41 near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Campground offers 93 campsites for tent and RV camping at 4,000 ft (1,200 m) elevation. Wawona campsites include a fire ring, picnic table and a bear safe food storage locker. Running water and flushing toilets. Pets are permitted except in group campsites. Groceries and horseback riding stables are located nearby. Yosemite camping reservations recommended.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |  pdf CAMPGROUND MAP  |   YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Five High Sierra Camps are located throughout the Yosemite backcountry, which are remote pack-in access only. They include dormitory-style tent cabins with two meals a day included. Some campgrounds offer camping showers. Yosemite camping reservations are only available by lottery. Call (801) 559-4909 for more information or to reserve a time.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |   WEBSITE


Lodging

White Wolf Lodge is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. White Wolf Lodge is made up of 24 tent cabins, 4 of which have private baths. Meals are served in the White Wolf dining room. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is the only drive-up High Sierra camp in Yosemite National Park and is made up of 69 tent cabins. Meals are served at a centralized dining tent. Camping showers available. Nearby facilities include a grocery store, gas station, horse stables and mountaineering school. Closed through winter.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly the Ahwahnee Hotel, is a luxury Yosemite hotel located in Yosemite Valley. Built in 1927 of a non-intrusive design incorporating logs, natural wood beams and stone to blend with the environment. The interior is lavishly decorated with Native American art, stained glass and chandeliers. Although The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is the most expensive accommodation in Yosemite National Park, visitors are welcome to tour the hotel and grounds or dine in its five-star restaurant. Overnight options include staying at the hotel or detached suites & cottages. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel offers a pool, concierge service, bell service, valet parking and many more 5-star services. Views of Half Dome are outstanding from the hotel and nearby hiking trails branch out through the valley. Yosemite Valley is the most popular region of Yosemite National Park therefore, do not count on arriving without reservations.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS


Yosemite Valley Lodge is located in the heart of Yosemite Valley. They offer the most rooms of any Yosemite lodging with nearly 500 rooms and detached cabins. Yosemite Valley Lodge dining options include a cafeteria, fine dining restaurant and bar & grill lounge. Amenities include a pool, bike rentals, Post Office and several local gift shops. Yosemite Valley is the most popular region of Yosemite National Park therefore, do not count on arriving without reservations.
pdf YOSEMITE VALLEY MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS

TIP: Some rooms do not include private baths. Make sure you know what your room includes before reserving.


Yosemite Valley in Winter

Formerly Curry Village, Half Dome Village is located at the far end of Yosemite Valley. They feature over 600 accommodations ranging from standard motel rooms and detached cabins to tent cabins. Half Dome Village is the hub of activity in the valley and offers many dining and entertainment options. Half Dome Village dining options include a cafeteria and pizza patio, which also provides hamburger and taco stands. Half Dome Village amenities include bike rentals, raft rentals, x-country ski rentals, gift shops, an ice skating rink, public pool and more. An amphitheater provides nightly entertainment. Yosemite Valley is the most popular region of Yosemite National Park therefore, do not count on arriving without reservations.
pdf HALF DOME VILLAGE MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS

TIP: Half Dome Village is a great place for families with kids because of all the emenities offered, but can be EXTREMELY crowded. For those looking for peace and quiet and the true nature experience, this is not the option for you.
NOTICE: Over 200 cabins are no longer available following a rock slide in October of 2008. Fortunately, no fatalities occurred but closure of 'At Risk' cabins is necessary for visitor safety.


Big Trees Lodge

Big Trees Lodge, formerly the Wawona Hotel, is located in the southern high-country off Highway 41. This Victorian-era Yosemite hotel was built in 1879 to serve visitors just as it does today. Big Trees Lodge is centered between many popular Yosemite attractions including Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Glacier Point, Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, the Wawona Golf Course, Wawona Pioneer History Center and more. Wawona activities include hiking, horseback riding, tennis, Ranger talks and swimming in the summertime pool.
pdf YOSEMITE MAP  |  YOSEMITE RESERVATIONS

TIP: This is an historic hotel and therefore, doesn't include the amenities that you may expect from a luxury hotel. Many rooms do not have private baths. Make sure you know what your room includes before reserving.


The Redwoods in Yosemite are located in the southern high-country of Wawona off Highway 41. They offer over 125 fully-equipped Yosemite cabin rentals that range from 6 to 1 bedroom cottages. All vacation home rentals are privately owned and include a fully-equipped kitchen including microwave and coffeemaker, bed & bath linens, heating system, outdoor deck and barbecue. Some Yosemite cabin rentals feature additional amenities like a game room, hot tub, satellite TV and more. The Redwoods in Yosemite are situated in a dense Sequoia forest off Chilnualna Falls Road just north of the Wawona Store.
MAP  |   WEBSITE


Hostels are low cost alternatives to hotels and often require dorm-style living. If you're traveling on a budget and would like to meet other travelers and share information, this is a great way to see California.

Website


Hotels Near Yosemite

River Rock Inn is located off Highway 49 & 140 between Merced and Yosemite National Park. Situated in beautiful downtown Mariposa, River Rock Inn offers quaint accommodations with rooms decorated in the colors of their garden. Stay includes a small breakfast of pastries, fruit and gourmet coffee from their popular deli. Inn amenities include an on-site day spa with a masseuse. Picnic lunches are available for day trips into Yosemite National Park. River Rock Inn is a good choice for cheap Yosemite lodging outside the western entrance to the park.
Map  |   Website


Mariposa Lodge is located off Highway 49 & 140 between Merced and Yosemite National Park. Situated in beautiful downtown Mariposa, they offer 45 hotel rooms nestled among a wonderfully manicured garden. Hotel amenities include a pool and hot tub. Hotel rooms include a refrigerator and cable TV. Mariposa Lodge is a good choice for cheap Yosemite lodging outside the western entrance to the park.
Map  |   Website


Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge is located off Highway 41 north of Fresno and just a short distance from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Tenaya Lodge offers a large hotel and several detached cottages nestled in a dense pine forest. Cottages are immaculately decorated similar to what you would find at a Bed and Breakfast Inn and include a fireplace, satellite TV, DVD player, refrigerator and microwave. Hotel amenities include restaurants, bars, a gift shop, day spa, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, game rooms and more. Hotel accommodations range from standard hotel rooms to luxury suites and can include a work desk, cable TV, refrigerator, coffee maker, WiFi, in-room safe, fireplace, hot tub and more. They offer an entire floor of adult-only hotel rooms for those looking to escape the noise of a family-friendly hotel. Although outside of Yosemite National Park, the Tenaya Lodge is an excellent choice for upscale Yosemite lodging. This hotel is situated very close to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.
MAP  |   Website


Big Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast is located off Highway 41 north of Fresno and just a short distance from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. The offer 3 guest rooms with privacy, views and sounds of a nearby babbling creek. This B&B Inn offers WiFi, a guest computer, library of Yosemite info, video library, sun deck and hot tub overlooking the creek. B&B rooms include a buffet breakfast, satellite TV, DVD player and private balconies. Big Creek Inn is a good choice for bed and breakfast Yosemite lodging outside the southern entrance to the park.
Map  |   Website


Pines Resort is located on Bass Lake off Highway 41, just east of Oakhurst and south of Yosemite. The Pines Resort is a full-service resort with accommodations, a restaurant, bar, boat rentals, market, day spa services, tennis courts and more. Choose to stay in one of their 84 two-story Chalets or a Suite in their lakeside Lodge. Hotel rooms can include a fireplace, private deck, barbecue, refrigerator, high-speed internet, cable TV and more. Resort activities include fishing, boating, water-skiing, Jet-Skiing, swimming, horseback riding, eagle spotting and many more activities.
Map  |   Website


Sierra Sky Ranch is located off Highway 41 north of Fresno and just a short distance from Yosemite National Park's southern entrance. Sierra Sky is an historic cattle ranch dating back to 1875. The ranch offers a popular steakhouse & saloon and two dozen rooms in their Main House, Bunk House or streamside cottages. Hotel rooms include a private bath, heat & air, cable TV and WiFi.
Map  |   Website


Chateau du Sureau is located off Highway 41 north of Fresno and just a short distance from the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. This award-winning French-country chateau features a stone turret, Parisian balconies, shuttered windows, meticulous gardens, fountains, swimming pool, bocce ball court, life-size chess set and many more amenities you'd expect to find at a European resort. The highly-acclaimed Elderberry House Restaurant is situated on the property. The Chateau du Sureau offers 10 guest rooms with cathedral ceilings, canopy bed, hand painted bath tiles, arched windows, exotic hard wood furniture, marble fireplace and more. Chateau du Sureau is a good choice for luxury Yosemite lodging outside the southern entrance to the park.
Map  |   Website


Restaurants

Tuolumne Meadows Grill is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. Situated next to the Tuolumne Store is a burger stand serving burgers, hot dogs, French fries and other comfort food.
No Website


White Wolf Lodge is located off Highway 120 in the northern high-country. White Wolf Lodge serves casual lunches to guests of the lodge.
WEBSITE


Crane Flat Store & Gas Station is located off Highway 120 at the northwest entrance to Yosemite National Park. Crane Flat Store serves deli food including sandwiches and salads. The Crane Flat deli is part of a small grocery & supplies market.
WEBSITE


The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is located in Yosemite Valley. It features a formal dining room serving gourmet food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Thirty foot ceilings offer a full view of half dome. The less formal bar serves a more traditional menu with cocktails. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel bar has live piano music on most Friday & Saturday nights.
WEBSITE


Degnan's

Yosemite Village is situated in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Village features Degnan's Cafe, Deli and Loft. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is covered between the three choices with everything from morning baked goods and coffee, to deli sandwiches, pizza, burgers and more. The Village Grill is another choice for lunch and offers burgers, fries and other comfort food.
WEBSITE

TIP: Learn the history of Degnan's at the Pioneer History Center in Wawona.


Half Dome Village is located at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. Half Dome Village offers many casual dining choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Pavilion offers an all you can eat buffet of salads, pastas, tacos and traditional country items. An ice cream & coffee shop is also situated within the Pavilion. The Pizza Deck features a pizzeria and bar that also serves burgers and fries. The Taqueria is a fast food stand offering tacos, burritos, nachos and other Mexican food.
WEBSITE


The Mountain Room Restaurant is located at Yosemite Valley Lodge in Yosemite Valley. Situated at the base of Yosemite Falls, the Mountain Room features breathtaking views from indoor bay windows or an outdoor deck. Restaurant menu choices include Rock Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail, Jerk Style Chicken Skewers, Gazpacho Soup, Spinach & Mushroom Salad, Seafood Pasta, Portabella Stack, Cowboy Whiskey Steak and Vegan Mezze Plate. Open nightly for dinner only.
WEBSITE


Big Trees Lodge is located off Highway 41 in the southern high country. Big Trees Lodge features a semi-formal dining room serving gourmet food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Large Victorian windows overlook the grounds to the golf course across Highway 41. A casual lawn BBQ is available on Saturdays during the Summer months.
WEBSITE


The Wawona Pioneer Market is located off Highway 41 in the southern high country. Wawona Pioneer Market offers deli food including sandwiches and salads. The Wawona Pioneer deli is part of a small grocery & supplies market.
WEBSITE


Glacier Point is located off Glacier Point Road in the southern high country. Glacier Point offers a snack stand with sandwiches, chips, refreshments, ice cream and more.
No Website


Tips

Bears in Yosemite National Park can be a nuisance. Don't leave any food in your tent or vehicle. Yosemite Bears have no fear of humans and will probably visit your camp during your visit. They can just as easily rip the door off your car as they can tear your tent to shreds. And they'll do it for something as simple as scented lip balm or a knife that was used to fillet fish. Bear proof lockers are provided at campsites and popular trailheads... Use Them. If you encounter a bear on the trail and you have a peanut butter & jelly sandwich in your pack, the safest course of action would be to remove the pack and leave it for the bear while you make your escape. If necessary, you can return later to see what the bear has left. Bear Proof Food Lockers are available for all campsites and some popular trailheads in Yosemite National Park.


Deer in Half Dome Village Parking Lot

During your visit you will probably encounter bears, deer, bats, squirrels, chipmunks, stellar jays and raccoons. Wildlife you will probably not encounter, but does exist in the park, includes coyotes and mountain lions. Although most find it irresistible to feed wildlife like chipmunks, deer and raccoons... try to resist. It's bad for the animals, especially in the case of bears who become dependent on humans and have to be killed. It can also be unhealthy for you, especially when it comes to deer that account for the most injuries inflicted by animal every year. Deer have very sharp hooves and use them unexpectedly, not to mention the bucks with horns. It's also a good idea to hike with at least one other person. Although there has never been an attack on a human in Yosemite National Park by mountain lion, it's best if we take measures to maintain that record.

TIP: Just look to the Half Dome Village parking lot to spot deer. The lot is shaded with apple trees that attract deer from throughout Yosemite Valley.


Crowds are heavy during the peak months of May through September. It is not uncommon to wait over an hour just to enter the park, let alone the traffic congestion within. Yosemite Valley is the most crowded portion of the park and by the end of summer sometimes has lingering smog. Walking and biking trails weave throughout the entire valley floor making it easier and faster to get from point A to point B. Yosemite National Park also has a superb shuttle system that has several Yosemite Valley stops and other popular high-country locations. Excluding Yosemite Valley, other densely touristed areas include Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove and Tuolumne Meadows. Consider visiting these locations early in the morning to avoid crowds.


The Fissures

Many attractions and trails in Yosemite National Park are left in their natural state, which means no guardrail or retaining wall. Use caution when hiking in the high country and near waterfalls. On many trails, one wrong step is the difference between 4,000 or 8,500 feet in elevation. People die every year making poor decisions near cliffs and we're not talking about thrill seekers. It's usually a mom, husband or best friend looking to capture that perfect shot just outside the guardrail. Keep a good eye on children when visiting locations like Glacier Point. An especially dangerous trail is west of Glacier Point that leads to 'The Fissures' and 'Taft Point'. Both of these locations are drop offs with little to no guardrail. Caution should also be taken when hiking small canyons like Tenaya Canyon due to falling rocks.


Flash floods are common in all Yosemite rivers and streams. Yosemite National Park has such a high elevation gain that rain in the upper elevations may not even be noticed down in the sunny valley where water levels can suddenly rise without notice. Visitors at the popular 'Mist Trail' have been swept to their deaths from the top of Vernal Falls because they were closer to the edge than they should have been. Always be aware of your swimming location and never swim upstream from a waterfall. Currents can be invisible and carry you long distances in a very short time. You won't have a chance if you're above a waterfall.


History

Around 30,000 years ago, glaciers moved through Yosemite Valley freezing and shearing the granite megaliths. Lake Yosemite filled the valley floor and was eventually consumed by sediment. Half Dome and the many awkwardly placed boulders throughout the high country are testament to the power of the receding glaciers.

A band of Miwok Indians known as the Ahwahnechee settled in Yosemite Valley until California's 1849 Gold Rush. When tensions between native Indians and the new settlers came to a head, Civil War soldiers were sent into Yosemite Valley to slaughter and scatter the Ahwahnechee to other regions. The Ahwahnechee people were referred to by the Miwok Indians as Yosemite, so the soldiers named the place 'Yosemite'. Unknowingly, 'Yosemite' actually translates to 'They are Killers' because of the Ahwanechee propensity toward violence.

Yosemite was California's first State Park and in the midst of our Civil War, Galin Clark persuaded Abraham Lincoln to protect Yosemite from exploitation by loggers and homesteaders. In 1890, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Yosemite a National Park second only to Yellowstone in Wyoming. Naturalist John Muir was at home in the Yosemite backcountry and helped convince 'Teddy' that Yosemite needed to be protected. John Muir is now considered The Father of Our National Parks. Ansel Adams became synonymous with Yosemite while perfecting his technique with black and white photography throughout the park.


THE MAJESTIC YOSEMITE HOTEL

Airports Near Yosemite

The Fresno Yosemite International Airport is located nearly one-hour from the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park. To get to Yosemite National Park, exit the airport and head west (right) on McKinley Avenue. Continue on McKinley for approximately 4-miles and head north (right) on Highway 41. This will bring you in through Wawona and the Wawona Tunnel, which offers a breathtaking introduction to Yosemite Valley. MORE DETAILS


Traffic & Transportation

Highway 120 enters Yosemite National Park from the west at Modesto and the east from Lee Vining. Also known as Tioga Road within the Park. The stretch of road between Tuolumne Meadows and Lee Vining is known as Tioga Pass and is the highest highway in California at 9,943-feet. This is also a very steep route, so consideration should be taken for motorhomes and vehicles with trailers.

WINTER CLOSURE: Tioga Road is closed from Crane Flat to Highway 395 (northeastern Yosemite) from November to May every year, making Yosemite National Park inaccessible from the east.


Highway 140 enters Yosemite National Park from the southwest in Merced. The 140 follows the Merced River and joins Highway 120 just west of Yosemite Valley.


Wawona Tunnel in Winter

Highway 41 enters Yosemite National Park from the south in Fresno. Experience the most dramatic introduction to Yosemite Valley's scenery through the Wawona Tunnel. Parking lot is always crowded with tourists. Always carry chains in the winter.

TIP: Follow the short but steep trail across the road from the parking lot to Inspiration Point, considered the best spot in Yosemite National Park for unimpeded views of the entire valley.


Yosemite Valley is heavily congested during the peak months of May through September. It is not uncommon for a trip through the Valley to take more than an hour. A 15-minute trip on a bicycle to purchase supplies can easily take an hour in a vehicle. Many visitors drive in for the day and clog the roads during afternoon hours. Limit your vehicle usage to morning and evening hours to avoid the extra crowds.


Public Transportation is excellent throughout Yosemite National Park and outlying cities.

  • Yosemite Shuttle service runs non-stop throughout the valley and most of the popular tourist attractions in the upper elevations. Shuttles are available at 21 stops in Yosemite Valley. They are also available from the Tioga Pass (Hwy 120) entrance at Crane Flat to Olmstead Point in the north and Wawona to Mariposa Grove in the south (Hwy 41). A free shuttle is also available from Yosemite Valley to the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area in the winter. Hiker shuttles run separate from the standard Yosemite shuttle system and stop at many of the most popular trailheads.
  • YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) is the regional bus system that connects Yosemite with Fresno, Merced, Sonora and Mammoth Lakes.

See our resources page for links to Rental Car agencies, Amtrak Train and Greyhound Bus.


Weather

Weather in Yosemite and surrounding towns including Fresno, Modesto, Merced, Groveland, Oakhurst, Fish Camp, Bass Lake and Lee Vining.

Winter Snow blankets Yosemite National Park. Much of the park is closed to visitors and many facilities are closed. Temperatures in the valley average 40-50 degrees while upper elevations like Badger Pass average 30-40 degrees. Fog can often impede views from the valley floor.


Spring Waterfalls and rivers are at their peak and wildflowers blanket the meadows. Crowds are still minimal and mosquitoes are yet to be a nuisance. Temperatures in the valley average 60-70 degrees while upper elevations average 50-60.


Summer Can be very warm in the valley averaging 75-85, but an occasional rare heat wave can take it into the 90's and even 100's. Upper elevations average 70-80 degrees. Summer brings hordes of visitors that at times can overwhelm roads and services. But summer also offers the most activities including tubing down the Merced River.


Fall By fall, Yosemite National Park in need of rejuvenation. There are fewer crowds and waterfalls have slowed to a trickle and mosquitoes begin to lessen. Yosemite National Park is in disrepair from the summer crowds and lingering smog sometimes hazes the valley. Temperatures in the valley average 55-65 degrees while upper elevations average 45-55. Fog increases in the valley.


CURRENT CONDITIONS


The Weather Network

Events

image compliments of www.bracebridgedinner.com

The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite takes place at the The Majestic Yosemite Hotel throughout December. Join a celebration of Christmas with royalty, nobles, jesters, squires, food, drink, singing and laughter. For over 80 years, professional performers and the impressive Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room are made up to resemble A Christmas at Bracebridge Hall by Irving Washington. Advanced reservations are required. WEBSITE


Several other events including Vintners' Holidays, Chefs' Holidays, live music, ski races, Yosemite anniversaries and more are held throughout the year. WEBSITE


California by Region

San Francisco Los Angeles Orange County San Diego Inland Empire Desert Central Coast Sierra Nevada North Coast Shasta Cascade Gold Country Central Valley