Ride a Bike in Yosemite National Park

Soak up grand vistas instead of whizzing by them in a car.
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Biking in Sentinel Meadow looking towards Yosemite Falls. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Biking in Sentinel Meadow looking towards Yosemite Falls.

Even if you haven't hopped on a bike in years, you can't help but enjoy cycling in Yosemite National Park. While some park roads are too steep and narrow for cycling, the Yosemite Valley is perfect for a sunny afternoon of sightseeing on two wheels, stopping for a picnic by the Merced River.

Cycling around the valley also helps you avoid the headaches of traffic and finding a parking spot during the busy summer months. It can give you a different perspective on the scenery, letting you soak up those grand vistas instead of just whizzing by them in your car.

Bicycles are allowed only on paved park roads and 12 miles of the Yosemite Valley's multi-use recreational path. Cycling is prohibited off-road and on all hiking trails and footpaths. Convenient bicycle parking rack are found at many points of interest around the Yosemite Valley, including museums, nature centers, shops, restaurants, lodges, and trailheads. All riders under 18 years old must wear a helmet, as required by California law.

Didn't Bring Your Own Bike?

Rent a bike at the Yosemite Valley Lodge or in Half Dome Village. For more information, visit www.travelyosemite.com/things-to-do/biking/.