Traffic in Yosemite National Park
A record number of vehicles have been entering Yosemite National Park in recent years. Traffic congestion may occur from mid-morning to evening, with delays ranging between one and two hours long.
Please Be Aware
- Bring plenty of food and water for potential delays.
- Park your vehicle for the duration of your stay. Driving from site to site increases traffic congestion.
- Ride the free shuttle buses to enjoy Yosemite Valley most easily once parked.
- Consider arriving early and staying late, or visiting Yosemite during the week.
- Enjoy the entire Yosemite region--consider visiting the surrounding communities of Mariposa, Groveland, Lee Vining and Oakhurst.
- Ride a YARTS bus to enter the park.
- Congestion is greatest in Yosemite Valley and at Glacier Point. It is especially heavy on weekends.
- Parking lots are generally full by noon, and sometimes earlier.
- Vehicles on roadsides must use designated turnouts and pull off the road completely. Do not park on vegetation.
- After reaching the one-way road on the Yosemite Valley floor, the only route to avoid the areas of heaviest congestion is the left-hand turn labeled for Highways 140, 120, and 41.
- During heavy traffic days, it is possible that a park ranger may temporarily divert you away from Yosemite Valley at El Capitan crossover (east of Bridalveil Fall).
- On busy days, you may encounter significant traffic delays in multiple locations.
We ask for patience and understanding as we work to help you enjoy and experience the Yosemite region.