FAQs

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

Is Internet access available in Yosemite?

Internet kiosks and wi-fi are both available.

Will my cell phone work in Yosemite?

Digital cell service is available in and near Yosemite Village to AT&T and Verizon customers (you may get a weak signal elsewhere in Yosemite Valley, as well). Verizon customers with analog-capable phones may receive service near Wawona, Crane Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows. If you have any information to add, please let us know.

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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.

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Favorite Gear for Your Yosemite Vacation

After many trips to Yosemite and California's coast, we've created the ultimate packing list. Use it to spend more time outside and less time shopping for items you forgot.

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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.