Gear Guide

Prepare yourself for a day in the outdoors by wearing the proper shoes and apparel, and bringing just the right gear to enjoy Yosemite National Park.

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Smells Like Yosemite?

Arm & Hammer and the National Park Foundation have teamed up to make laundry detergents “inspired by nature.” Read More...

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What to Wear: Ultra-Light Backpacking

Can you live for a week in a single set of hiking clothes? Of course, and learning to ignore the grunge and odor will help your shoulders (less weight = less pain), your legs (less weight = more miles), your feet (less weight = fewer aches), and your efficiency (less stuff = less futzing with gear = more trail time). Read More...

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What to Bring: Ultra-Light Backpacking

The climate in the Sierra in summer is very conducive to high-mileage adventures with minimal gear. Read More...

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What to Wear: Backpacking

Your clothing selections for multiday trips in Yosemite are all about versatility and packing light. Read More...

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What to Bring: Backpacking

The crowds in Yosemite Valley can be dense, and the best way to experience the grandeur of the High Sierra is to spend a night (or several) in the park’s sprawling backcountry. Read More...

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What to Wear: Day Hiking

Of America’s national parks, Yosemite surely has the best weather. From spring through fall, daytime temperatures hover in a very comfortable range between 60F and 85F, which an occasional midsummer burst near triple digits. Read More...

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What to Bring: Day Hiking

Yosemite is one of the most pleasant places to dayhike in the world, thanks to a moderate climate and gentle surfaces. You can easily cover many miles on the park’s trails, which tend to be soft forest floor or a mix of packed dirt and smooth granite. Read More...

Top Ten Things to do in Yosemite Park

1. Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

When snow melt from mountain peaks brings icy waters rushing downstream into Yosemite Valley, great waterfalls spring to life. During the peak seasonal flow, which usually happens in May, the thundering of waterfalls can be heard clear across the valley. Read More...

2. Famous Viewpoints

Yosemite’s Tunnel View with Half Dome, Valley View with Merced River, Glacier Point, and Olmsted Point are the most famous views in the National Park. Read More...

3. Walk Among Giant Sequoias

Start by taking the whole family on a joyful nature walk through the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Read More...

4. Black Bears & Wildlife

With more than 400 kinds of animals and multiple life zones for plant life, Yosemite is a top spot for wildlife watching. Read More...

5. Explore Trails

Whether you want to get out of the car and do a little exploring, or you’re planning a backcountry adventure on foot or horseback, we’ve got just the thing for you and your family. Read More...

6. Go Camping on Your Yosemite Vacation

Nothing beats sleeping under the stars in Yosemite National Park, especially if you’re looking for a little family togetherness Read More...

7. Go Rock Climbing in Yosemite

Stalwarts like the giant wall of El Capitan, the polished promontory of Half Dome, and skyscraping Glacier Point all call to expert climbers, who sometimes bivouac overnight while suspended in mid-air. Read More...

8. Yosemite’s Curry Village Ice Skating Rink

Yosemite is covered in powdery blankets of snow, and the valley becomes a winter wonderland. Read More...

9. Explore History & Culture

Yosemite is the wild, wild West. From its earliest Native American inhabitants, to the mid-19th-century California Gold Rush, and the later arrival of ranchers, loggers, and hoteliers, the land surrounding Yosemite National Park is amazingly rich in historical sites. Read More...

10. Festivals & Ranger-Led Activities

Come to watch waterfalls in spring, go hiking in the Sierra Nevada high country in summer, roast marshmallows over your campfire in fall, and go skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Timing your visit to coincide with one of the region’s many festivals will only enhance your Yosemite vacation. Read More...

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