FAQs about Yosemite

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

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...

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...

Yosemite hiking guide

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...

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...

Drone with Camera

No Drones in Yosemite, Please

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


Do I need a reservation to visit Yosemite?

No, you don’t need a reservation to visit Yosemite. However, if you plan to spend the night in Yosemite, you should have a reservation for lodging, camping, or backpacking.

Are there vehicle restrictions in Yosemite?

You can drive your car into and around Yosemite (shuttle buses are not mandatory). Some roads have vehicle length restrictions and others close seasonally.

Will I need to bring tire chains?

Tire chains may be required in fall, winter, and spring due to snowy or icy conditions.

How do I get to Yosemite?

You can find driving directions, driving itineraries, and scenic drives here.

Will the Tioga Road be open?

The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) is open approximately late May through October, though these dates vary depending on conditions.

When do the Half Dome cables go up and come down?

The Half Dome cables usually are installed by the weekend before Memorial Day weekend, but this can vary depending on conditions and trail crew availability. The cables usually remain up through Columbus Day (in October). The National Park Service strongly discourages hikers from attempting the cable route when the cables are down. Learn more about the Half Dome hike.

What is there to see in Yosemite?

You can find a list of natural wonders in Yosemite here.

What is there to do in Yosemite?

You can find a list of activities here.

When is the best time of year to visit Yosemite?

It depends what you’re looking for! While most people visit Yosemite during summer, there are advantages to visiting throughout the year.

How can I protect bears from my food (and my food from bears)?

Yosemite’s bears are always searching for food and consider anything that looks like or smells like food to be food. Learn how to store your food while visiting Yosemite.

Can I bring my pet to Yosemite?

Pets are allowed in Yosemite, but with some restrictions.

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.