Park Access

Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada of California and is open year round.

Yosemite National Park Reopens

The government shutdown has closed Yosemite National Park, in addition to its 401 other national park counterparts. Currently all non-essential employees, including those regulating campsites and the Wawona Hotel, have been been indefinitely furloughed until the government passes a new budget. Park law enforcement officers and utility crews will continue work as usual. Read More...

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Rim Fire Area Responds Well to Rain

After a lengthy period of drought up to six inches of rain fell on the Yosemite Rim Fire area between February 7-11. Original fears that the rain would wash out roads when the burn area could not absorb the extra water were quelled as preemptive safeguards held up. Read More...

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Drones in Yosemite

Fire officials are now using a drone to help fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park. Read More...

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2013 Free National Park Days

The National Park Service has announced its free national park days for 2013. All park entry fees are waived. Read More...

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Park Access Overview

Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada of California. You can visit Yosemite all year, though some areas of the park are inaccessible by car from approximately November through May due to snow. Read More...

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Getting Around Yosemite National Park

Visitors to Yosemite can drive on roads throughout the park. However, we encourage you to use shuttle buses, where available. Also, some roads are closed at certain times of the year. Read More...

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Permits

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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Yosemite Park Entrance Fees

If you arrive in your private car, the entrance fee is $20 per car. This is valid for unlimited entries to Yosemite for seven days, and includes all occupants of the car. Otherwise, entrance fees are as follows: $10 per person if arriving on foot, horseback, bicycle, motorcycle, or on a non-commercial bus (free for those 15 years old and younger). 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 in Yosemite National Park

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 Yosemite 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 in Yosemite National Park

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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