• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Backpacking

Backpacker gazing at peaks
 
"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity..." --John Muir, 1898
 

Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite National Park is designated Wilderness. Wilderness is a special distinction granted by Congress protecting land from further development. The best way to experience the 1,100 square miles of the Yosemite Wilderness is to explore it first hand.

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Curious what "wilderness" means? Find about by viewing this three-minute video about America's Wilderness (a new window will open).

Did You Know?

The Merced River flowing serenely through Yosemite Valley

Congress designated the Merced River as Wild and Scenic in 1987. The National Park Service manages 81 miles of the Merced River, encompassing both the main stem and the South Fork in Yosemite National Park and the El Portal Administrative Site. More...