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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Reservations Required to Visit Yosemite

Find out what kinds of reservations provide entry to Yosemite and how to get them for May 21 through September 2021.

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What's different about visiting in 2021?

Learn more about changes to reservations, lodging, camping, and other services in Yosemite this February.

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Recreate Responsibly

Join the #RecreateResponsibly movement to protect America's treasures while looking out for each other's health and safety

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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.

Current conditions in Yosemite such as  roads, trails, campgrounds, fire, rivers and waterfalls, etc

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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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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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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Visiting Yosemite in Summer

Summer in Yosemite provides lots of opportunities of places to go and things to do; be prepared for crowds and plan ahead.

Stay Connected to Yosemite from Home!

Stay Connected to Yosemite from Home!

Stay connected to Yosemite through live programs on social media, park videos, webcams, art, and online learning options.

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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: July 26, 2021

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