Visiting in Summer
Areas to visit: All areas of the park are usually accessible by car by late May or early June, although services along the Tioga Road often open a bit later in June.
Weather: Warm to hot, with occasional rain (usually as afternoon thundershowers, especially at the higher elevations).
Rivers & Waterfalls: Most of the water flowing in Yosemite comes from snowmelt in the high country, so runoff decreases during the dry summer. Peak runoff typically occurs in May or June, with some waterfalls (including Yosemite Falls) having often only a trickle or being completely dry by August. Other waterfalls, including Vernal, Nevada, and Bridalveil, run all year; however, their flow can be very low by late summer.
Did You Know?
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.