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...

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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