FAQs about Yosemite

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Answers to all your important Yosemite National Park vacation questions about wildlife viewing, pets in the park, and more.

Is Internet access available in Yosemite?

Internet kiosks and wi-fi are both available.

Will my cell phone work in Yosemite?

Digital cell service is available in and near Yosemite Village to AT&T and Verizon customers (you may get a weak signal elsewhere in Yosemite Valley, as well). Verizon customers with analog-capable phones may receive service near Wawona, Crane Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows. If you have any information to add, please let us know.

Leashed dog at a Yosemite overlook. Photo by Peter Bodechtel via Flickr

Can I Bring My Pet to Yosemite National Park?

For the most part, pets are not allowed on any trails, minus these few exceptions. Dog food must be stored in bear proof containers. Read More...

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Do I Need a Permit?

Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite National Park is designated Wilderness. Wilderness is a special distinction granted by Congress protecting land from further development. The best way to experience the 1,100 square miles of the Yosemite Wilderness is to explore it first hand. Read More...

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Do I need to Worry About Cliffs, Rockfall and Lightning in Yosemite?

Exploring Yosemite’s great outdoors can be fun for all ages, as long as you take simple precautions. Make time before your trip to learn a little about the park’s safety hazards, so that your vacation will be carefree. Read More...

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General Safety

Yosemite’s high mountain country means the air is dry and thinner. (There is less oxygen in the air.) Visitors who are coming from lower elevations will notice this, particularly when exerting themselves on a hike or other outdoor activity. Read More...

Big Oak Flat Entrance in Yosemite. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

How Much Does Yosemite cost?

Heading to the home of El Capitan and Half Dome? Here are the many options for entrance fees. Read More...

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No Drones in Yosemite, Please

Drones, commonly used for photography, are potentially threatening to wildlife including falcons and bighorn sheep. Read More...

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Staying Safe at High Altitude

There are several things you can do to help avoid experiencing the most common problems at altitude. Read More...

Sunset at Nevada Falls. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

What is the Average Temperature and Precipitation?

Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Yosemite Valley (4,000 feet / 1,220 m) by month. Read More...

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What to Pack for Your Yosemite National Park Vacation

Be as prepared as a Boy Scout. Here are the top 14 items to put in your suitcase and 1 item to leave at home. Read More...

Big Oak Flat Entrance in Yosemite. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Which Entrance to Yosemite Should I Take?

There are five entrances into Yosemite National Park, and the road to each of them offers unique sights to see along the way. Read More...

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Which Yosemite Hiking Trail Should I Hike?

Find your perfect Yosemite Hiking Trail by answering a few questions, then see the Trail Guide for details. Read More...