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 in 2024

Find out when reservations are required to provide entry to Yosemite and how to get them for specific dates in 2024.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a visit to Yosemite? Check out these common questions related to reservations, what to do, where to go, and more.

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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.

Merced River in Yosemite Valley at sunset with Sentinel Rock and sandy beach
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.

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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.

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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.

Directions & Transportation

Find your route to Yosemite, check the status of roads, and view park maps.

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

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Wilderness Permits

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.

View of Vernal Fall

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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