• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Traffic Forecast for Yosemite National Park

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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.

Travel recommendations:
  • 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 on Hwy 140 from El Portal/Mariposa or Hwy 120 from Sonora/Groveland.

Please Be Aware:
  • 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).

We ask for patience and understanding as we work to help you enjoy and experience the Yosemite region.

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...