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Ride a bike in Yosemite Valley

Bicyclists on bike paths in Yosemite
Bicyclists on bike paths in Yosemite

Looking to explore Yosemite with a bicycle? There are over 12 miles of paved bike paths available in Yosemite Valley (speed limit is 15 mph). In addition, bicyclists can ride on regular roads (if they obey traffic laws). You can rent a bike, bring your own, or borrow one through the bike share program (2-hour limit).

Things to Know

  • Bicycling on Yosemite's roads means sharing them with both recreational and passenger vehicles of all size.
  • Helmets are required by law for children under 18 years of age.
  • E-bikes with two or three wheels, fully operable pedals, and electric motors less than 750 watts (1 horsepower) are allowed everywhere bicycles are allowed.
  • Electric scooters are allowed on the bike paths (adhering to the 15mph speed limit) but not on park roads.
  • Off-trail riding and mountain biking, and use of motorized scooters on bike paths are not permitted in Yosemite National Park.

Bike Rentals

Bicycles are available for rent in Yosemite Valley at Curry Village, Yosemite Village, and Yosemite Valley Lodge. Electric scooters, wheelchairs, strollers, helmets, and tag-a-long bikes are also available for rent. All rental bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are only available for ADA bicycles (hand-crank bicycles, and tandem bicycles for visually impaired guests).

Bike Share Program

The free Yosemite Bike Share opens for the season in late spring, depending on weather and road safety. When it opens, you can use the bike share for short trips (up to two hours) in Yosemite Valley.

How It Works

  1. Get connected: Download the free Yosemite Bike Share app for Apple/iOS (via the App Store) or Android (via Google Play).
  2. Get a bike: Use the app to unlock a bike at one of the Yosemite Bike Share stations, located at the Yosemite Village Parking Area and in Yosemite Village (between the Valley Wilderness Center and the Valley Visitor Center).
  3. Get pedaling: Ride safely! Use the helmet provided with the bike (or wear your own) and stay on roads and paved bike paths.
  4. When you’re done riding, return the bike to the station where you picked it up. Be sure to leave the bike in the “Used Bike Corral” area. To end your ride and lock the bike, manually close the lock on the rear wheel and press STOP on the app. Double-check that the app has registered the end of the ride before you leave!

Learn more about the bike share program, see a map of bike paths, and plan your routes.

Details

How long you spend time biking in Yosemite is up to you! 

There is a fee associated with this activity if you choose to rent a bike

Reservations are only available to those renting an ADA bike

While you can choose to bicycle in Yosemite year-round, bike rentals are only available from spring - fall. Bicycle paths are not always cleared from snow in winter and may be difficult to impossible to ride on, depending on conditions. 

Accessibility Information

Yosemite Hospitalty offers bicycle rentals. Reservations are available for ADA bicycles (hand-crank bicycles, and tandem bicycles for visually impaired guests). Wheelchairs are also available for rent. 

Last updated: May 11, 2021