Tunnel View

Bright orange wildflowers are at the foreground of a scenic view of Yosemite Valley, with El Capitan to the left of the valley, and Bridalveil Fall to the right.

Quick Facts

Recycling, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Wheelchair Accessible

The iconic Tunnel View overlook has captured the awe of visitors for more than 75 years.

Tunnel View provides one of the most famous views of Yosemite Valley, showcasing the immensity of the granite walls that surround Yosemite Valley and providing a classic view of El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Fall. It is spectacular at sunset or after the clearing of a storm.

Wawona Tunnel
The construction of the Wawona Tunnel began on January 30, 1931, and opened to public travel on June 18, 1933. It took about 230 tons of dynamite to bore through solid granite to create this nearly mile long tunnel. The construction of the Wawona Tunnel is considered significant in its design within the National Park System.

National Register of Historic Places
Wawona Tunnel and Tunnel View were constructed during an era that heralded a boom in design and development throughout the National Park Service, and helped initiate the National Park Service "rustic design style."


Getting Here:
Located at the east end of the Wawona Tunnel along the Wawona Road (Highway 41).

Designated accessible parking spaces are available and a tactile relief model of Yosemite Valley is present.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: April 5, 2024