Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire
The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »
Campground Closures Due to Fire
Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »
Yosemite National Park is Open
Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.
Dates: June 3 – October 18, 2014
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily through September 30; 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm daily from October 1 to October 18
The Yosemite Grant of 1864 was the first attempt by a nation to protect an extraordinarily scenic landscape. It became the experimental model for land preservation throughout the world. Yosemite was, and still is, an evolving example of what a national park should be.This exhibit commemorates this landmark legislation signed 150 years ago.
Photographs and paintings of visitors and the landscape from the park museum’s extensive collection, including some of the earliest Yosemite images, are on display as well as unique historic documents and field notes. Early survey equipment and maps will also be included.
In addition to material from Yosemite National Park’s collection, an 1864 document on loan from the National Archives, Washington DC, as well as material on loan from the Center of Military History, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and several private collections are displayed.
Digital slide shows exhibit additional historic paintings, drawings, and photographs. A video presentation features several scholars discussing the importance of the Yosemite Grant, and the influence of painting and photography of the Yosemite landscape. An audio kiosk highlights quotations related to Yosemite from important early historic figures.
This exhibit was made possible by the generous support of Yosemite Conservancy donors.
Yosemite Renaissance XXIX Art Exhibit
Hours: no longer on display
Yosemite Renaissance is celebrating its twenty-ninth year with an exhibit of 49 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by forty-five artists. Drawn from over 700 entries, this year’s exhibit includes a broad range of works from the representational to the abstract, all interpreting the majesty of Yosemite and the Sierra.
The goals of Yosemite Renaissance are to bring together the works of contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment. Historically, the arts have played a major role in the establishment of our parks. It is the hope of Yosemite Renaissance that they can be just as important in future efforts to preserve, protect and expand our parks.
Dates: June 4 - October 31, 2013
Hours: No longer on display
This exhibit focuses on the weavers in the Indian Cultural Program, who have connected with hundreds of thousands of park visitors through their basket-weaving demonstrations. The work of Maggie Howard, Lucy Telles, and Julia Parker will be featured, as well as the contributions of Alice Wilson and Craig Bates. In addition to the baskets, paintings, ephemera, and archeological artifacts on display, historic film footage and photographs will be shown. This project was made possible through the generous support of Yosemite Conservancy donors.
Dates: February 23 to May 5, 2013
Hours: No longer on display
Yosemite Renaissance celebrates its 28th year with an exhibit of 46 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 41 artists. Drawn from almost 600 entries, this year's exhibit includes a broad range of works from the representational to the abstract, all interpreting the majesty of Yosemite and the Sierra.
The goals of Yosemite Renaissance are to bring together the works of contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment. It is the hope of Yosemite Renaissance that they can help preserve, protect and expand our parks.
The artists included in Yosemite Renaissance XXVIII are: Rebecca Alex, Annie Barrett Cashner, Stacey Best, Calvin Bohner, Andrea Broglio, Sue Chapman, Jane Culp, Steve Curl, Clark Davidson, Steve Emery, Ira Estin, William Bradford Frost, Michael Frye, Franka Gabler, Jeff Grandy, Peggy Hansen, David Hoffman, Daniel Horner, Iretta Hunter, Kirk Keeler, Susan J. Klein, Kristal Leonard, Maria Lupo, Jon McCormack, Michael Paul McKay, G. Dan Mitchell, Vidya Narasimhan, Penny Otwell, David Peterson, Troy Poeschl, George Robertson, Hugh Sakols, Ronald Saunders, Jeffrey Skelly, James Swanson, Mike Tauber, Joanna Taylor, Lance Trott, Richard Wagener, Kathyanne White and Brian Wolf.
The exhibit will travel to the Kings Art Center (Hanford), June-July, and the Carnegie Arts Center (Turlock), August-September.
Yosemite Renaissance is a non-profit organization for the arts of Yosemite, supported, in part, by funds and services from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts and the National Park Service.
Dates: June 4 - September 30, 2012
"Yosemite Viewed: Landscape Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries" features paintings drawn from the Yosemite Museum collection, representing a variety of styles and approaches to the artistic interpretation of this grand landscape. It includes Thomas Ayres' 1855 drawing "Valley of the Yosemite," one of the earliest representations of the park, along with works by Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, two nineteenth century artists widely known for their paintings of Yosemite and other national parks.
Dates: Feb. 25-May 6, 2012
Hours: No longer on exhibit
This exhibit of artwork, historic artifacts and souvenirs relates to the period 1900-1946 in Yosemite. Oral history records and digitized historic film footage and photographs complement the display.
Dates: June 16-Oct. 31, 2010
This exhibit featured paintings, prints, artifacts, and ephemera from Yosemite's early years. Historic hotel registers and the Grand Register of the Cosmopolitan were also on view. The exhibit included an interactive kiosk related to the Grand Register and a digital slide show of historic visitors and hotels.
Did You Know?
Unrestricted camping is no longer allowed in Yosemite Valley because of damage it causes. The placement of campgrounds and campsites has changed over the past 75 years in response to a growing understanding of river dynamics, geologic hazards, and the park's natural and cultural resources.