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President Obama speaks to park staff in Yosemite Valley, June 2016.


Look no further! We want to keep you connected with what is happening in Yosemite.

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News Releases

Stay up to date on all the latest newsworthy events in Yosemite.

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Social Media

Through different social media sites you can stay abreast of the latest happenings in Yosemite, and further connect with park stories.

Winter ranger on skis in the Tuolumne Meadows area out on patrol


We want to keep you connected with what is happening in Yosemite National Park; each blog has a different focus.

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Watch one of our many videos to help plan your trip, learn about the many wonderful natural resources, or to meet some of our staff.

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View our webcams showing Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, High Sierra, and more!

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Photo Gallery

Check out our photo gallery!

Ranger leading group of students to Lower Yosemite Fall


Yosemite: The Ultimate Classroom.

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Kids and Youth

Visiting Yosemite? Join tens of thousands of other kids by become a junior ranger or little cub!

Yosemite Conservancy bookstore employee at the sales desk in Yosemite Valley at the visitor center.


The Yosemite Bookstore is operated by the non-profit Yosemite Conservancy, which donates revenues from sales to the NPS in Yosemite.

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Yosemite is home to hundreds of wildlife species and 1,000+ plant species and is known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, and sequoias.

Two coyotes basking in the sun at Housekeeping Camp in winter 2018


Yosemite National Park supports more than 400 species of vertebrates including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Fern fronds


The native plants of Yosemite National Park are a significant part of the exquisite beauty and biological diversity of the park.

Climbing ranger looking up at big wall


Yosemite is a glaciated landscape, and the scenery that resulted from glaciers and the underlying rocks was the basis for its preservation.

Horse-drawn stage traveling through Wawona Tunnel Tree

History and Culture

Yosemite’s rich human history tells a story of conflict, dreams, hardships, adventures, and preservation of one of the first national parks.

Maggie Howard, early Yosemite Indian, sitting among her baskets


The history of people in Yosemite goes back thousands of years.

Early image of Yosemite Museum

Historical Places

History is written on the landscape through human structures and cultural landscapes.

Exhibit on display in Yosemite Museum, 2010.

Museum Collections

A collection is a group of artifacts, archives, and/or specimens that are relevant to the park. Therefore, we have objects of all sorts!

Image of Tuolumne River and Lembert Dome at sunset


Learn about current and past management and planning efforts, concessions management, annual reports, and more.

Firefighters igniting a prescribed fire in Yosemite Valley with drop torches

Managing Fire in Yosemite

In Yosemite, the park's staff manages fire carefully and continues to study how it interacts with the park’s ecosystems.

Image of Big Trees Lodge (formerly Wawona Hotel) and golf course.

Concessions Management

Information on Yosemite's concession contracts and associated documents.

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Laws and Policies

Park regulations, safety, and more.

Last updated: September 9, 2019

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