Camping is extremely popular in Yosemite. Plan ahead and figure out what options you have for this enjoyable activity.
One of the best ways to experience Yosemite is by taking a hike. With over 750 miles of trails to explore, your options are endless!
Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite National Park is designated Wilderness. The best way to experience the Yosemite Wilderness is to explore.
Looking for a guided tour? Yosemite Hospitality, the park concessioner, offers tours year-round. All tours begin in Yosemite Valley.
Ranger and Interpretive Programs
Yosemite offers a range of informative and inspiring walks and talks to learn about Yosemite.
Yosemite Guide – Plan Your Visit!
The Yosemite Guide contains information about trip planning, activities, scheduled events, and hours of operations for different facilities
Places to Go
So many places to go and so little time! Learn more about all the areas and attractions in Yosemite.
Art and Photography
Yosemite’s epic scenery freely lends itself to the artist’s eye like only a few places can. There are options for everyone!
Sightseeing in Yosemite by car? Plan ahead.
Explore Yosemite on two wheels. Rent a bike or bring your own – just make sure you know your options of where to go.
Yosemite provides essential habitat for over 165 species of migrating, wintering, and breeding birds.
Fishing is an enjoyable activity in Yosemite; just make sure that you are aware of special regulations that exist within the park.
Horseback Riding & Stock Use
You can bring your horse to Yosemite, or join a guided ride; just make sure you are aware of the rules and regulations before your trip!
Looking for a place to eat? Picnic areas are available throughout Yosemite on a first-come, first-served basis.
Yosemite is one of the world’s greatest climbing areas. Climbers here can enjoy an endless variety of challenges.
Yosemite National Park, miles from the nearest city lights, has a very dark night sky that makes it a great place to look at the stars.
Yosemite has a large and vibrant volunteer program, welcoming people from all over the world into a variety of positions.
Rafting along the Merced River is popular during summer. Fishing, swimming, and boating area all enjoyable summer activities.
Looking for a unique way to visit Yosemite? Strap on some skis, snowshoes, or hit the slopes for some downhill adventure!
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Yosemite National Park Information
Basic Yosemite Park Information
Get the basics you need to know for your Yosemite visit.
Directions to Yosemite
You can drive to Yosemite all year and enter via Highways 41, 140, and 120 from the west. Tioga Pass Entrance (via Highway 120 from the east) is closed from around November through late May or June. Hetch Hetchy is open all year but may close intermittently due to snow. Please note that GPS units do not always provide accurate directions to or within Yosemite.
Operating hours and seasons: Yosemite National Park is always open. Reservations are not available or required to enter the park. However, during summer, it’s best to arrive by mid-morning to avoid traffic.
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Yosemite Park Weather
Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles (3,100 square km) in the Sierra Nevada, with elevations ranging from about 2,000 feet (600 m) to 13,000 ft (4,000 m). Yosemite receives 95% of its precipitation between October and May (and over 75% between November and March). Most of Yosemite is blanketed in snow from about November through May. (Yosemite Valley can be rainy or snowy in any given winter storm.)
Yosemite Park Entrance Fees and Passes
Non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats: $30.00. This fee is valid for seven days.
Motorcycle: $20.00 The fee is valid for seven days. Cost is per motorcycle (not per person).
Foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats: $15.00. This fee is valid for seven days. People 15 years and younger are free.
Commercial Tour (sedan up to six seats): $25.00. The fee is $25 plus $15 per person.
Commercial Tour (van, 7-15 seats, regardless of occupancy): $125.00.
Commercial Tour (mini bus, 16-25 seats, regardless of occupancy): $200.00.
Commercial Tour (motor coach, 26 or more seats, regardless of occupancy): $300.00
Yosemite Annual Pass: $60.00. Annual pass providing free entrance to Yosemite for 12 months from the date of purchase.