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Ceremony Locations in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Valley
  • Lower Yosemite Fall
    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. Parking is limited. Car pooling is recommended. Open all year (8 am to 12 pm, June through September).
  • Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
    Closed November through April and at dusk daily; 50 people maximum; restroom facilities nearby; parking is limited; car-pooling recommended. Monitoring is required for groups of 35-50 people. 8 am to 12 pm, June through September. Six vehicles maximum.

  • Sentinel Beach Picnic Area (limited use during raft season mid-May through mid-August)
    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 12 pm, June through September; 25 vehicles maximum.

  • Bridalveil Fall
    Located on asphalted path below the fall beyond second stone bridge; 50 people maximum; restrooms nearby; monitoring is required for groups of 50 people. 8 am to 12 pm, June through September; 15 vehicles maximum.

Wawona

  • Wawona Point
    Walk in 0.5 mile (0.8 km) from tram stop(must pay for tram). No private vehicles allowed. 50 people maximum. For access information contact DNC Parks & Resorts at: 209/372-1000. Closed mid-November through mid-May.

  • Upper Mariposa Grove
    Located near restroom off tram road (must pay for tram); 50 people maximum. No music allowed. Closed mid-November through mid-May. No vehicles allowed; tram and trail access only. Contact DNC Park & Resorts at 209/372-1000 for tram information. Monitoring is required for groups of 35-50 people.

  • Glacier Point
    (Earliest availability is after Memorial Day through late October due to annual Glacier Point Road closure.)
    Site is at south end of amphitheater; 50 people maximum. Ceremonies 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.

Tuolumne Meadows

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.

  • Soda Springs
    Walk in 0.25 mi (0.4 km); 50 people maximum.

  • Tenaya Lake beach
    East end of Tenaya Lake, 100 yards (meters) south of intersection of trail from the parking lot and lake; 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.

  • Tuolumne Grove
    Walk in one mile (1.6 km), with 500-feet (150 m) of elevation change (steep hill). Thirty (30) people maximum.

  • Merced Grove
    Walk-in 1.5 miles (2.4 km); thirty (30) people maximum.

Important notes:

  • 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.

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