Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.
All Things Current
Check here for current conditions - such things as roads, traffic, trails, campgrounds, rivers & waterfalls, snowpack, wildflowers/fall color, etc.Read More
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No matter where you are, you can stay connected to Yosemite! Get the latest news, learn more about the wonders of the park, and keep memories alive.Read More
Camping in Yosemite
Yosemite's campgrounds are extremely popular. Reservations are essential for those campgrounds that require them, and those that don't fill early.Read More
Planning Your Yosemite Visit
What is there to do in Yosemite? This common question is a difficult one to answer... because there are so many activities to choose from!Read More
Planning to Hike Half Dome?
In 2012, permits will be required seven days per week to hike to the top of Half Dome (when the cables are up, approximately late May to mid October).Read More
Yosemite Video Productions
Trip planning videos, video podcasts that share unique stories about the natural and human history of the park, audio podcasts, and more!Read More
Heading into Yosemite's Wilderness?
Nearly 95% of Yosemite National Park is designated Wilderness. Permits are required year-round for any overnight stay in the Yosemite Wilderness.Read More
Jobs in Yosemite
Interested in working in Yosemite National Park? Find out what variety of options exist.Read More
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.