Yosemite Chapel

An orange structure with a pointed roof and steeple rest among dense, vibrant green foliage.

Quick Facts

Recycling, Restroom, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Wheelchair Accessible

The Yosemite Chapel, the oldest structure in Yosemite Valley, has been a place of worship, teaching, fellowship, and weddings for residents and visitors alike for over 140 years. The chapel was listed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

The Yosemite Chapel was originally erected near where the present Four Mile trailhead is located today. By 1901, the surrounding "Lower Village" had nearly disappeared, so the chapel was relocated to its present location in the Old Village. In 1965 some interior restoration was completed, and the foundation was raised 3 feet to help protect the structure from periodic flooding. In spite of these efforts, the chapel sustained damage during the 1997 flood and required further restoration.

With a few minor exceptions, the Yosemite Chapel has been the park's sole church facility since its construction over 140 years ago. Purportedly, Yosemite Chapel services began June 7, 1879.

Yosemite Community Church

Resident Minister: Pastor Brent Moore
See website for special holiday services.
Phone: 209/372-4831
Open: Year-round
More Information


  • 9:15 am
  • 11 am (Memorial Day through Labor Day Only)

Getting Here

The Yosemite Chapel is located on Southside Drive, in eastern Yosemite Valley.


Designated accessible parking spaces are available. The Chapel is wheelchair accessible by way of a wheelchair lift (elevator).

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: January 11, 2024