Ceremony Locations in Yosemite National Park
Please be aware that independent rafters may utilize beach locations at any time, which can be disruptive to your event. Please take this into consideration. Early morning weddings are advised.
Lower Yosemite Fall Paved Trail
Site is located approximately 100 yards (100 m) north of Yosemite Lodge intersection on hardened path to Yosemite Falls; 50 people maximum. Ceremonies are not allowed on Yosemite Creek bridge. Rest room facilities are nearby; no parking on site; shuttle bus recommended. Monitoring is required for groups of 50. Open all year (8 am to 12 pm, June through September).
Swinging Bridge Picnic Area
Site is located on beach northeast of bridge; 20 people maximum; restroom facilities nearby. No ceremonies are allowed on the bridge or in meadows. Parking is limited. Carpooling is recommended. April through September (8 am to 11 am)
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Closed November through April and at dusk; 50 people maximum; restroom facilities nearby; parking is limited; car-pooling recommended. Monitoring is required for groups of 35-50 people. Maythrough September (8 am to noon). Six vehicles maximum.
Sentinel Beach Picnic Area
Site closed November through April and at dusk daily; 100 people maximum with limited availability; restroom facilities in vicinity; car-pooling recommended. Monitoring is required for groups of 50 people or more. 8 am to 11 am, April through September; 8 vehicles maximum.
Earliest availability is after Memorial Day through late October due to annual Glacier Point Road closure.Guests are seated within south end of amphitheater; 50 people maximum. Weddings are not scheduled here in July & August. Monitoring is required for groups of 35-50 people.
Chilnualna Falls Trailhead Parking Lot
Location is at west end of parking area, down slope from the asphalted parking lot. 50 people maximum; 10 vehicles maximum. Monitoring is required for groups of 35-50.
Earliest availability after Memorial Day weekend through late October; Availability varies due to annual Tioga Road closure. Enforced parking limits of 25 vehicles for Soda Springs and Tenaya Lake beach.
Parsons Lodge Bridge
From the Lembert Dome parking area, walk 0.5 mile down the old dirt road to Parsons Lodge and down to the bridge area until reaching the river-bar wedding site. 10 people maximum. Ceremonies must not occur at Soda Springs.
Tenaya Lake Beach
East end of Tenaya Lake; from parking lot, take trail to intersection; site is located 100 yards (meters) south of intersection; 50 people maximum; restroom facilities nearby. No dogs allowed.
Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Area
Located upstream from Tuolumne Meadows Lodge on Dana Fork granite slabs; site is accessible from unsurfaced trail from Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. Parking is limited near Tuolumne Meadows Lodge; 25 people maximum. Car-pooling from public parking lot is required.
Big Oak Flat
Earliest availability after Memorial Day weekend (late May). Availability varies due to road and weather conditions.
Walk in one mile (1.6 km), with 500-feet (150 m) of elevation change (steep hill). Thirty (30) people maximum.
Walk-in 1.5 miles (2.4 km); thirty (30) people maximum.
Site use is on a first-come basis, and is limited to two hours at all locations.Park visitors are not restricted from sites. If your party is fewer than 10, you are not limited to these locations, exception for open meadows and riparian environs. Pets are not allowed at sites. No ceremony sites are available on major holidays. Please respect park resources and tread lightly.
Did You Know?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.