• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Park Statistics

Ranger motions bikers to cross the street
Yosemite National Park, in 2012, received 4 million visitors. (Yosemite first hit the 1 million mark in 1954; 2 million in 1967; 3 million in 1987; and 4 million in 1994.)
 

Administration

  • Superintendent: Don Neubacher
  • 2011 Operating Budget: $29 million
  • 2010 NPS Employees at Yosemite: 1,123 summer and 743 winter
  • 2010 DNC Parks & Resorts Employees at Yosemite: 1,800 summer and 1,100 winter

Size

  • Land Mass: 747,956 acres (or 1,169 square miles) that’s about the size of Rhode Island
  • Designated Wilderness: 704,624 acres (or 1,101 square miles) that’s more than 94% of the park

Wilderness Use (number represents permits issued plus an estimate of users without permits)

  • Hikers: 53,139 in 2010; 52,610 in 2009; 45,907 in 2008; 43,401 in 2007; 40,804 in 2006 and 40,728 in 2005
  • Permits: 18,632 in 2010; 18,777 in 2009; 15,156 in 2008; 15,125 in 2007; 14,141 in 2006; and 14,222 in 2005
  • Overnight stays: 142,864 in 2010; 142,623 in 2009; 124,817 in 2008; 112,049 in 2007; 82,484 in 2006; and 81,870 in 2005
 
Hotel set against vertical granite wall

The Ahwahnee

Infrastructure

Lodging (all overseen by DNC Parks & Resorts)

  • The Ahwahnee: 123 units
  • Yosemite Lodge: 245 units
  • Curry Village: 498 units
  • Housekeeping Camp: 264 units
  • Wawona Hotel: 104 units
  • Tuolumne Lodge: 69 units
  • White Wolf: 28 units
  • High Sierra Camps: 55 units

Campgrounds (1,504 total sites, with a maximum of 9,372 campers)

  • Yosemite Valley Family Sites: 464 sites accommodating 2,784 people
  • Tioga/Big Oak Flat/Hetch Hetchy: 871 sites for 5,226 people
  • Glacier Point/Wawona: 203 sites for 1,218 people
  • Group campsites: 16 group campsites (for 463 people); and 9 horse campsites (54 people)
  • Leave No Trace: NPS helps campers take only pictures and leave only footprints through a 9.5-minute video. Learn more about LNT at Yosemite or at www.LNT.org.

Yosemite structures (1,133 total)

  • NPS buildings: 747
  • Concession buildings: 386

Bridges

  • Vehicle bridges: 30
  • Trail bridges: 97
  • Road tunnels: 4

Visitor Use

  • Park visitors: 3,996,017 in 2012; 4,098,648 in 2011; 4 million in 2010; 3.88 million in 2009; 3.6 million in 2008; 3.6 million in 2007; 3.4 million in 2006; and 3.4 million in 2005 (Visitation to the park peaked in 1996 with 4,190,557 visitors.)
  • Search and rescue operations: 245 in 2010--including 62 helicopter rescues, 242 in 2009; 248 in 2008; 238 in 2007; 219 in 2006; and 216 in 2005
  • Motor vehicle accidents: 670 in 2010; 557 in 2009; 576 in 2008; 420 in 2007; 441 in 2006; and 405 in 2005
  • Citations by park rangers (infractions like $250 for disturbing wildlife and $150 for taking pets into wilderness): 2,469 in 2010; 2,886 in 2009; 2,935 in 2008; 3,101 in 2007; 3,337 in 2006; and 4,140 in 2005
  • Warnings by park rangers: 11,223 in 2010; 20,529 in 2009; 18,700 in 2008; 14,636 in 2007; 14,086 in 2006; and 14,868 in 2005

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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Did You Know?

Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.