Stay cool in summer by swimming, rafting, fishing, tubing, and more in and around Yosemite.
Stay on the west edge of the park to take a deep breath and disconnect. Enjoy food and wine events. Hike on less-traveled paths. Swim and soak in salt water pools.
Half- and full-day guided whitewater rafting trips on the Merced River minutes from Yosemite.
Summit not just mountains, but waterfalls and iconic granite rock formations also.
The Merced River carves its own waterways through Yosemite National Park, and is great for rafting, kayaking, and wading.
You might not catch any record-breaking fish, but it's still a great excuse to combine a hike through the forest with some riverside recreation.
In summer, learn to rock climb at the Yosemite Mountaineering School, or rent a raft or bike. In winter, head for Badger Pass Ski & Snowboard Area or snowshoe the trails.
Trout is mainly the catch here, especially rainbow and brown. Fish year-round in lakes and reservoirs; late April to mid-November in rivers and streams.
You'll find hundreds of miles of tempting single-track trails in the Sierra Nevadas.
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.
Dozens of horseback riding trails lead high into the Sierra Nevada in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, just a half-day's drive south of Yosemite.
Explore Yosemite's backcountry courtesy of sure-footed horses and mules.
Just 20 minutes from Yosemite National Park, Miller’s Landing Resort at Bass Lake offers a great basecamp full of lakeside fun, beautiful cabins and the best burger ever.
Go on a 1-day rafting trip on the Merced River, or experience a 1- to 3-day rafting adventure on the Tuolumne River near the West Edge of Yosemite National Park
Paddle across glistening Tenaya Lake off Tioga Road. Its azure waters are surrounded by lofty granite peaks, evergreen conifer trees, and rock outcroppings.
Some of the most exciting rivers for whitewater rafting in California flow from the High Sierra in Yosemite National Park.
The most exciting white-water in the Sierra Nevada rushes outside Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, a half-day's drive south of Yosemite.
Soak up grand vistas instead of whizzing by them in a car. Bring your own bike or rent one to cruise on 12 miles of boardwalks and paths.
The glacier-carved geology not only give it amazing scenery, but also creates a wonderland of boulders and granite formations for adventurous souls to climb.