About Yosemite National Park in California

Start here for basic information about the park. Learn where Yosemite is in California. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions such as what to pack and how close you should get to wild animals. Are you planning a trip far in advance? Check our weather articles to learn what to expect in different seasons.

Yosemite National Park Seasonal Access

All entrances, facilities, and roads (barring road construction) are open during the summer vacation season. Parts of the national park are closed to wheeled vehicles during the winter (November through May), notably Tioga Road which connects the west side of the park with the east side. Many campgrounds also have seasonal opening and closing dates. Several times a year, all national parks have free days. Otherwise, entry fees apply.

Getting Around Yosemite

Yosemite’s main roads are the entrance roads, Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road. In the park you’ll find visitor centers, museums, and scenic side roads. All major roads are accessible by RVs and other large vehicles, but some side roads are not. Yosemite has a shuttle bus service to the major trailheads and visitor centers. Otherwise, you’ll need a car, motorcycle, bike, or tour transportation to travel around the park.

FAQs about Yosemite

Frequently asked questions and answers about traveling to Yosemite National Park. Read More...

Park Places

Where Yosemite National Park is located and the gateway towns and major cities surrounding it. Also find tips on park access and roads. Read More...

Weather and Seasons in Yosemite

Knowing the park’s seasonal weather variations and what to see in each season will help you plan the perfect Yosemite vacation. Read More...

Wildlife and Nature Conservation

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Yosemite History and Culture

Explore Yosemite history. And in the Yosemite region, mining ghost towns, California's Gold Country, and historic sites await your exploration. Read More...

Yosemite National Park Maps

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