Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.

First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

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Get your reservation NOW!

Find out what kinds of reservations provide entry to Yosemite and how to get them for May 20 through September 30, 2022.

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What's different about visiting in 2022?

Learn more about changes to operations in Yosemite this year, including peak hours reservations and more.

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Reservaciones para ingresar al parque

Averigua que tipos de reservaciones proporcionan entrada a Yosemite y cómo obtenerlas del 20 de mayo hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2022.

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Plan Your Adventure and Explore Yosemite

What is there to do in Yosemite? This common question is a difficult one to answer... because there are so many options.

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Current Park Conditions

Learn more about current conditions in Yosemite such as roads, trails, campgrounds, fire, rivers and waterfalls, snowpack, etc.

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Visiting Yosemite in Spring

Visiting Yosemite in spring can be great for viewing waterfalls, but limited services and facilities may be available; plan ahead!

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Yosemite is home to countless waterfalls. The best time to see waterfalls is during spring, when most of the snowmelt occurs.

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Camping is extremely popular in Yosemite. Plan ahead and figure out what options you have for this enjoyable activity.



Looking for lodging? Learn more about our popular overnight accommodations.

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Applying for a Wilderness Permit

Wilderness permits are required for all overnight hikes. Learn how and when to apply for a permit.

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Applying for a Half Dome Permit

Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week when the cables are up and are distributed by lottery.

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One app, every park at your fingertips. The NPS App offers tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide.

Things to Do

Find activities that fit into your Yosemite adventure!

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Places to Go

So many places to go and so little time! Learn more about all the areas and attractions in Yosemite.

Last updated: May 9, 2022

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