Please note that GPS units do not always provide accurate directions to or within Yosemite. Yosemite covers 1,200 square miles and does not have a single address. We do not recommend using GPS units for directions in and around Yosemite. If you do use a GPS unit, just keep in mind that if there's a conflict between what the road sign says and what your GPS unit says, the road sign is correct (and your GPS unit isn't).
You may find maps of Yosemite and California useful, as well as mileages and driving times from Yosemite Valley to various points in California and Nevada [143 kb PDF].
Getting to Yosemite From the West and North
San Francisco/Bay area
Reno & Lake Tahoe
Getting to Yosemite From the South
Los Angeles area
San Diego area
Distance: 495 mi / 797 km
Time: 8-10 hours
Take I-15 south to Barstow; Highway 58 west to Bakersfield; take Highway 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.
Death Valley National Park
Distance: 270 mi / 435 km
Distance: 450 mi / 720 km
Driving Times Within and Near Yosemite
You can find out which roads are open for the season by visiting the conditions page. For up-to-the minute road conditions, call 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). Times are approximate, assume good conditions, and no stops.
From Yosemite Valley to:
Wawona Road (Highway 41):
El Portal Road (Highway 140):
Big Oak Flat & Tioga Roads (Highway 120)
Did You Know?
The Merced River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1987. Eighty-one miles of river runs through Yosemite National Park, including a stretch in Yosemite Valley.