Yosemite

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.

Explore Yosemite - Picture of Mt. McClure

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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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

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.

Winter view of Tunnel View when exiting the tunnel

Visiting Yosemite in Winter

If you're planning a trip to Yosemite in winter, make sure you plan ahead for what's open and what preparations you should take.

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Camping

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

Hikers going up the Half Dome cables

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.

Two tents and campers overlook the high country, with Half Dome and a lake in the background.

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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Places to Go

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

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.

Lodging

Lodging

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

Last updated: February 28, 2021

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209/372-0200

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