Safety & Skills

Use caution, and follow these general safety tips to ensure a safe and positive Yosemite vacation experience.

Hantavirus Cases Linked to Yosemite

Six cases of the hantavirus infection have been confirmed at Yosemite National Park. Read More...

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Backcountry Tips and Tricks

Want to be a better hiker? Look no further. Here are some backcountry secrets that separate average campers from true wilderness experts. Read More...

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Hiking and Trail Safety

Yosemite National Park is home to many tall mountains, trails are often loose, steep and dangerous (with little or no room for error). 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...

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Cliffs, Rockfall and Lightning

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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Safety in Waterfalls, Rivers and Streams

In an average year, Yosemite park rangers conduct around 250 search-and-rescue operations. So, take time out now before your trip to learn about the park’s safety hazards. That way, Mother Nature won’t catch anyone in your family by surprise during your Yosemite adventures! Read More...

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Heat and Dehydration

Pay attention to the warning signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion, which can include thirst, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps, an increased pulse rate, and rapid, shallow breathing. Read More...

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Animal Bites and Stings

Spiders and snakes are the most common stinging creatures you’ll encounter in the park. 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...

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