Olmsted Point

A brown and white sign reads, 'Olmsted Point.' Across the street from the sign, five people walk up a domed bedrock.

Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Tactile Exhibit, Wheelchair Accessible

Visit the vista famous for its picture postcard views of Half Dome, Tenaya Lake and Clouds Rest.

Olmsted Point looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east - and from a very different angle. Though you might not immediately recognize Half Dome, it is one of the most prominent peaks you can see from Olmsted Point.

Olmsted Point was named after famed landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmsted (who was best known for his design of New York's Central Park) and his son, Frederick, Jr.

Tioga Road is open to vehicles from late May or early June to sometime in November.

Getting Here
Located along Tioga Road, a little less than 10 miles (16 km) west of Tuolumne Meadows.

Rules & Regulations
Tioga Road closes after the first significant snowfall. Overnight parking on this road ends October 15. For current road and weather information, please call 209/372-0200.

Hazards & Warnings
Bears and other wildlife may be present on or near park roads, please drive with caution.
Be aware of potential hazards on park roads, including wet and icy conditions or debris in the roadway, especially in the spring or fall.

There are designated accessible parking spaces available at both ends of the parking lot. There is also a bronze relief tactile model of the surrounding landscape.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: March 23, 2024