Yosemite to the Coast

Winner of the Yosemite to the California Coast Road Trip

This trip takes you from San Fran to Yosemite National Park and then to iconic California beach towns and wine country. Enter Dec 17, 2020-Feb 23, 2021.

Boy on forest trail

4th Graders Can Visit Parks Free For a Year

Students in the 4th grade can get a free annual entry pass for their family to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

Sunset at Glacier Point. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

5 Romantic Things to Do in Yosemite Country

Escape to beautiful Yosemite National Park to spend a romantic weekend, celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or to just spend time together.

Ansel Adams photo of Yosemite

Ansel Adams & Local Artists

Get better acquainted with artistic legacy during your Yosemite vacation by visiting the Ansel Adams Gallery and galleries of basket making and painting.

Gullgraver 1850 California by L. C. McClurevia via Wikimedia Commons.

Miners and the Mariposa Battalion

Gold minors became the first outsiders to make contact with the Sierra Nevada's indigenous peoples since Spanish explorers and it caused conflict.

Photographer taking a photo of the sunrise over Half Dome in Yosemite

2021 National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron

Love to take photos in national parks? Whether it’s a landscape, a wildlife pic, or a Milky Way shot, send it our way. You could win a Tamron camera lens!

The Yosemite Valley Shuttle and the YARTS Bus stop in Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Shuttles and Regional Buses

Various shuttle bus options provides convenient transportation throughout Yosemite Valley.

A family camping in a national park

Calendar of Free Entrance Days to National Parks

Parks that usually charge an entrance fee will be free on several days during the year. Check our list of dates for this year.

CA Highway 120 going to Yosemite

California Highway 120 Adventure Through Yosemite

State Route 120 in Northern California is about 206 miles long. Let’s take a journey along this historic road from west to east.

Featured image for Yosemite Overview Map

Yosemite National Park Overview Map

Download this simpler pdf map to orient yourself to the park's main thoroughfares, along with major park attractions such as Half Dome, Glacier Point and El Capitan

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Download the Official Yosemite Park Map PDF

Download the official map to find your way around Yosemite National Park including park roads, trails, lakes, visitor centers, and the entrances.

Eating pizza at the Half Dome Pizza Deck in Yosemite Valley.

Does Yosemite Have Internet and Cell Phone Service?

Internet and cell phone service is available in select spots within the national park, but not in the backcountry.

Tioga Road going over Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park

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.

Map showing location of Yosemite National Park

Where is Yosemite National Park?

Yosemite National Park is located in central California with unique Sierra Nevada gateway towns surrounding it. The park has five main entrances.

Family-friendly trail to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls.

6 Easy to Moderate Yosemite Valley Hiking Trails

Hit the trail during your Yosemite vacation! Choose Yosemite National Park trails based on how easy or family-friendly they are.

Snowshoeing in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias with Wildland Trekking

Wildland Trekking Guided Hiking Vacations

Go on an unforgettable hiking vacation. Wildland Trekking has a tour that fits nearly anyone who loves to hike in world-renowned, breathtaking landscapes.

Red Legged Frog

Bringing Back the Frogs of Yosemite

In John Muir's day, thousands of frogs jumped about the rivers and alpine lakes of the park. Read about the reintroduction and habitat restoration efforts.

Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley is now a reservoir created by the O’Shaughnessy Dam.

Damming Yosemite Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley

In the least crowded corner of Yosemite National Park, debates about the future of Hetch Hetchy Valley have been going on for over 100 years.


Backcountry Camping in Yosemite

Take a backcountry camping trip to explore Yosemite's vast wilderness first hand. Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite National Park is designated wilderness.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

This desert park is a rock climber's paradise and is full of things to see, from hiking to hidden oases and cactus gardens to touring historical sites.

Family-friendly trail to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls.

Bad Selfies: 4 Places Not to Pose in Yosemite

Don’t get so carried away with the magnificent views that you leave your common sense behind when trying to get the ultimate selfie.

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

Madera County, Southern Gateway to Yosemite

Find adventure on the Fossils to Falls Trail through California’s Gateway to Yosemite at Oakhurst and Fish Camp.


Scramble Up a Granite Dome in Yosemite

Head to these granite gems for big vistas and easy treks across rock that is full of geology lessons.


Do I Need a Permit?

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.

Groveland's Iron Door Saloon and The Groveland Hotel.

Groveland, Calif. - Gateway to Yosemite

Listen to live music, shop at a farmers market, and play a round of golf. Then stop by the visitor center for park entry passes and info about Yosemite.


No bear spray allowed in Yosemite National Park

If you have a trip planned to Yosemite National Park this summer, go ahead and leave the bear spray at home. It’s not allowed within park boundaries.

The Milky Way over Yosemite Valley

Where to Stargaze in Yosemite Country

The national parks in general and Yosemite in particular are known as some of the last great spaces without significant light pollution.

Snow tubing in Yosemite. Photo by Chris Falkenstein courtesy of Yosemite/Mariposa County

Sledding and Tubing in Yosemite Country

Come play in the snow inside Yosemite and also nearby winter play areas such as Tenaya Lodge


California Rafting with Zephyr Whitewater

Half- and full-day guided whitewater rafting trips on the Merced River minutes from Yosemite.

Black bear illustration by Elizabeth Traynor

4 Wild Animals for Your Yosemite Watch List

You’ll see more than incredible views. Fascinating animals make their homes in the park. Keep an eye out on the trails and soaring in the skies.

Couple skating at Yosemite's Curry Village Ice Skating Rink.

Ice Skating Rinks in Yosemite and Beyond

If ice-skating isn’t something that usually takes your breath away, the stunning views of the Half Dome and Glacier Point totally will.

Tunnel View in winter in Yosemite National Park.

12 Things to Do in Winter in Yosemite Country

Winter is a beautiful time to explore the park and gateway towns. With fewer visitors, you can find peace in this winter wonderland, and also adventure without lines.

Frazil ice in Yosemite Creek

Frazil Ice and Snow Cone Formations in Yosemite

Stand on the Yosemite Creek bridge below Yosemite Falls in March and April and you may see frazil ice in the creek and a snow cone under the upper falls.

Big Oak Flat Entrance in Yosemite.

Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your Park Pass for Yosemite

Heading to the home of El Capitan and Half Dome? Here are the many options for entrance fees.

Cross-country skier in Yosemite's high country.

Cross-country Skiing in Yosemite Country

Explore hundreds of miles of x-country ski areas inside the high elevations in the park, between ancient sequoia trees, and areas surrounding Yosemite.

Yosemite's Badge Pass Chairlift for skiers

Badger Pass Ski, Tube and Snowboard Area in Yosemite

Generations of families have learned to ski on Yosemite's beloved ski hills off Glacier Point Road. It's a great family ski area.

Merced Grove of Sequoias in Yosemite

Merced Grove of Sequoias in Yosemite

Visit the smallest and quietest grove of giant sequoias in the national park.

Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad 10 Curve

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

All aboard for an exciting four-mile scenic excursion through the Sierra National Forest on the restored railroad used for the Madera Sugar Pine’s logging trains.

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep from the Mt. Langley Herd Unit

Bighorn Sheep in Yosemite Sierra Nevada Range

You would be very lucky indeed to see wild bighorn sheep up close. But even catching a glimpse of these majestic mammals from afar can be a thrill.

Hikers crossing a river in Yosemite National Park

Safety in Yosemite's Waterfalls, Rivers and Streams

Yosemite has many wild waterfalls, rivers and streams, causing visitors who are unprepared and don't heed the posted warning signs to get into trouble.

Yosemite Falls.

Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

In no other place in the Sierra Nevada mountains can you see so many impressive waterfalls gathered together in one spot.

Terminal of the Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Fly to Yosemite - Local Airports and Airlines

Airports near the park get visitors to Yosemite quick and easy. International flights come into San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento & others

Lassen Peak reflecting on Manzanita Lake at sunset in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Inside this park you'll find an ancient lavascape of hot springs, roiling mud pots, hissing fumaroles, cinder cones and craters, and alpine lakes.

Hilmar Cheese employee working with "The Big Cheese." Courtesy photo

Hilmar Cheese Co., a Cheesy Stop West of Yosemite

Tour the world’s largest cheese and whey factory. The Visitor Center offers free self-guided tours, guided tours, and free samples.

California Redwood Forest

Redwoods National and State Parks

You'll still be awed by California's coast redwoods. In fact, they're the tallest trees on earth and they only grow on the northern Pacific Coast.

John Muir in Yosemite

John Muir Geotourism Center

The John Muir Geotourism Center, now closed, had a mission to enrich the natural and rural communities by inspiring people to explore, learn, share and preserve the values of the John Muir Legacy through innovative and creative programs.

Polly Dome (left) and Medlicott Dome (center) bordering Tenaya Lake in Yosemite.

Your Perfect Day in Yosemite

Only have 24 hours? Make the most of it with this tour of the park’s must-see sites on Tioga Road, a sequoia grove, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point.

Yosemite Half Dome on an autumn morning

Yosemite in Autumn - Photos & Video

Autumn in Yosemite is a quite time with colorful leaves and meandering brooks. Take a moment and soak in the serene views in this video.

Conestoga Wagons

Unleash Your Inner Pioneer by ‘Glamping’ in a Conestoga Wagon

Conestoga wagons, cabins, yurts, classic trailes and RV/tent sites are just 30-minutes from Yosemite. On-site pool and petting zoo.