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.