Winter Activities

Most park visitors arrive between May and September, making winter a special time to visit Yosemite. With fewer crowds, you can better enjoy the solitude of the valley when it's covered in a blanket of snow, with icy waterfalls and craggy Sierra Nevada peaks rising all around.

Although the park's roads over Tioga Pass, to Glacier Point and into Mariposa Grove are all closed from late fall through early spring (opening dates vary by location and year), you can still visit the Yosemite Valley, Badger Pass, and Wawona year-round.

Activities including downhill and backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, ice skating, and sightseeing. Do you just want to play in the snow? Head to our Snow Play areas near two Yosemite entrances.

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.

Glacier Point Ski Hut

Backcountry Huts for X-country Skiers and Snowshoers

Does spending a night tucked into a cozy shelter in the remote wilderness sound like fun? Then make tracks for one of the Yosemite area's backcountry huts.

The bridge at Wapama Falls in Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley near Evergreen Lodge

Backstage Passes to Yosemite at Evergreen and Rush Creek Lodges

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.

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.

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.

Biking in Yosemite

Year-Round Fun In Yosemite National Park

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.

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.

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

yosemite winter cross country skiing

Snowshoe Yosemite with a Ranger

Strap on your winter gear and enjoy the two-hour guided naturalists' ramble around the snowy pine forests of Badger Pass Ski Area off Glacier Point Road

Snowshoeing on a winter trail

Snowshoeing in Yosemite Country

If you've never snowshoed through a wintry landscape, Yosemite's marked winter trails and gorgeous scenery make it an excellent place to try the activity.

Backcountry tent at night in Yosemite

Winter Camping in Yosemite Country

Solitude and stunning snowy terrain await for hardy winter visitors. You'll need backcountry travel experience and avalanche know-how to winter camp.


Winter in Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks

In the southern Sierra Nevada, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are where to take the kids tubing and ice skating, then put on snowshoes or cross-country skis.

Yosemite Valley and the Half Dome in Winter

Winter Sightseeing in Yosemite

Winter and early spring are the only times to see a pair of fascinating natural phenomena in the Valley. Watch of video of winter moments.