• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Visitor Use Research and References

Below are links to reports and field monitoring guides
published by Yosemite's Visitor Use and Impacts Monitoring Program. Summaries from the most recent year's report can be found on the program's Visitor Use and Impact Monitoring home page. When summary reports are posted for the next year, the current summaries will be compiled into a singe document and will be moved to this page for continued access.

Field Monitoring Guide: This guide is updated dynamically instead of on an annualy basis, with the latest version available online. [4.6 MB PDF]

 

Visitor-use Studies

Find a 2009 summer study and a 2008 winter study on the main Visitor-Use & Social Science page. Examine the Yosemite National Park Visitor Study: Summer 2005 [616 kb PDF].

 

General Visitor-use References

Leung, Y.; Newburger, T.; Jones, M.; Kuhn, B.; & Woiderski, B., (2010, Nov. 20). Developing a Monitoring Protocol for Visitor-Created Informal Trails in Yosemite National Park, USA. Environmental Management, ISSN: 0364-152X, DOI: 10.1007/s00267-010-9581-4. pp. 1-14. [Download 609 kb PDF online]

Pettebone, D.; Newman, P.; and Lawson, S.R. (2010, Sept. 24). Estimating Visitor Use at Attraction Sites and Trailheads
Using Automated Visitor Counters. Landscape and Urban Planning. 97, 229-238. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2010.06.006 [Download author's copy at 527 kb PDF]

Lawson, S.; Newman, P.; Choi, J.; Pettebone, D., & Meldrum, B. (2009). Integrated Transportation and User Capacity Research in Yosemite National Park: The Numbers Game. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. DOI: 10.3141/2119-11. pp. 83-91. [2.1 MB PDF]

Social Science: Learn how social science research influences visitor-use management, impact monitoring, and planning projects.
Weekly Yosemite Traffic Update: View a weekly traffic forecast based on the three most recent years of traffic data.

Did You Know?

Yosemite Museum

When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.