Answers to all your important Yosemite National Park vacation questions about wildlife viewing, pets in the park, and more.

2021 Yosemite Gear Guide

6 Things to Take on your Yosemite Vacation

After many trips to Yosemite and California's coast, our editor has created a list of her favorite things to bring along.

Leashed dog at a Yosemite overlook.

Can I Bring My Pet to Yosemite National Park?

For the most part, pets are not allowed on any trails, minus these few exceptions. Dog food must be stored in bear proof containers.


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.


Do I need to Worry About Cliffs, Rockfall and Lightning in Yosemite?

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.

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.

Parking spot for charging electric vehicles - EV

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Yosemite and Beyond

Take an electric road trip through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks.

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.


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.

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.


Staying Safe at High Altitude

There are several things you can do to help avoid experiencing the most common problems at altitude.

Sunset at Nevada Falls. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

What is the Average Temperature and Precipitation?

Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Yosemite Valley (4,000 feet / 1,220 m) by month.

Park visitor standing on a rock in the Merced River in Yosemite National Park

What to Pack for Your Yosemite National Park Vacation

Be as prepared as a Boy Scout. Here are the top 14 items to put in your suitcase and 1 item to leave at home.

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.

Entrance sign to Yosemite National Park

Which Entrance to Yosemite Should I Take?

There are five entrances into Yosemite National Park, and the road to each of them offers unique sights to see along the way.

Hiking down from Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite.

Which Yosemite Hiking Trail Should I Hike?

Find your perfect Yosemite Hiking Trail by answering a few questions, then see the Trail Guide for details.