• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

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Plan Your Visit

 

What is there to do in Yosemite?
This common question is a difficult one to answer... because there are so many answers.

If you're planning a trip to Yosemite, first decide during which season you plan to visit, then decide where you'll spend the night (if you spend the night) so you can make lodging or camping reservations. Then, you can find the answer to the age-old question about what there is to do in Yosemite.

 

 
Yosemite Trip Planning Videos
We've made this series of videos to help you plan your trip. So far, we have a general orientation video, along with videos about easy, moderate, and strenuous day hikes in Yosemite Valley.
 
Yosemite Conservancy bookstore

Books and maps to help you plan your trip

The Yosemite Conservancy bookstore specializes in the very best Yosemite guides, maps, and books. Many of our titles are written by park based experts, making them some of the most comprehensive resources you will have.

When you shop at Yosemite Conservancy bookstore you are also supporting the park. Proceeds go straight back into helping preserve and protect the park, and provide a wide range of visitor services.

 
Hiker at the edge of Taft Point
Hiker peers over the edge of Taft Point and looks over Yosemite Valley and El Capitan.

Did You Know?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.