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.

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.

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.

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 the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area or snowshoe the trails.