Park Statistics

Administration

  • Superintendent: Don Neubacher
  • 2015 Operating Budget: $29 million
  • 2015 NPS Employees at Yosemite: 1,200 summer and 800 winter
  • 2015 Delaware North Employees at Yosemite: 1,700 summer and 800 winter

Size

  • Land Mass: 748,036 acres (or 1,169 square miles)
  • Designated Wilderness: 704,624 acres (or 1,101 square miles; 94.45% of the park)
 
Hotel set against vertical granite wall

The Ahwahnee

Infrastructure

Lodging (operated by Delaware North at Yosemite)

  • The Ahwahnee: 123 units
  • Yosemite Lodge: 245 units
  • Curry Village: 503 units
  • Housekeeping Camp: 266 units
  • Wawona Hotel: 104 units
  • Tuolumne Meadows Lodge: 69 units
  • White Wolf: 28 units
  • High Sierra Camps: 55 units

Campgrounds

  • Yosemite Valley Family Sites: 459 sites accommodating 2,754 people
  • Tioga/Big Oak Flat/Hetch Hetchy: 856 sites for 5,136 people
  • Glacier Point/Wawona: 206 sites for 1,236 people
  • Group campsites: 16 group campsites (for 463 people); and 9 horse campsites (54 people)

Structures

  • NPS buildings: 747
  • Concession buildings: 386

Bridges

  • Vehicle bridges: 27
  • footbridges: 90
  • Road tunnels: 4

Visitor Use

  • Park visitors: 4,029,416 (2014), 3,829,361 (2013), 3,996,017 (2012)
  • Overnight Hikers: 56,308 (2014), 50,274 (2013), 53,679 (2012). Overnight stays: 175,095 (2014), 156,347 (2013), 152,505 (2012)
  • Search and rescue operations: 181 (2014), 184 (2013), 216 (2012)
  • Motor vehicle accidents: 465 (2014), 491 (2013), 530 (2012)

Visitor Study

Yosemite National Park conducted a winter survey for one week in February 2008. There was a 60% response rate. The entire survey and results can be viewed at the Yosemite National Park Visitor Study: Winter 2008 [638 kb PDF].

  • 91% of visitors were U.S. residents; 89% of those were from California.
  • 9% of visitors were international visitors. With 9% each from Germany, Korea, Taiwan, United Kindgom.
  • 20% of respondents had visited Yosemite National Park at least twice in the past 12 months.
  • 26% of respondents were visiting Yosemite National Park for the first time.
  • 29% of respondents identified themselves as Asian, Hispanic, American Indian and/or African American.
  • 84% of respondents listed "sightseeing or taking a scenic drive" as their primary activity, 73% taking photographs/painting/drawing and 35% listed "hiking".

Yosemite National Park had a comprehensive survey conducted for one week in July 2009. In it, 1,326 visitor groups were systematically selected from all five park entrance stations. There was a 65% response rate. The entire survey and results can be viewed at Yosemite National Park Visitor Study: Summer 2009 [1.5 MB PDF].

  • 75% of visitors were U.S. residents; and 62% of those were from California.
  • 25% of visitors were international visitors. Of those, 14% were from the United Kingdom, 13% from Germany, and small proportions from 31 other countries.
  • 87% of respondents had visited Yosemite National Park at least once in the past 12 months.
  • 57% of respondents were visiting Yosemite National Park for the first time.
  • 11% of the respondents identified themselves as Hispanic, and 11% as Asian. Of those Asian visitors, the most well-represented races were Chinese (24%) and Japanese (22%).
  • 93% of respondents listed "viewing scenery" as their primary activity.
  • The average length of stay for overnight visitors in the park was 57 hours (2.4 days) and the average length of stay in the areas was 83 hours (3.5 days).
  • The median group expenditure in the park and the surrounding 50-mile area was $490.

Learn more about visitor use and park's management strategies.

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Economic Impacts

The report Impacts of Visitor Spending on the Local Economy: Yosemite National Park, 2009 is now available. The purpose of this study is to estimate the local economic impacts of visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2009.

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