Park Statistics

Administration

  • Superintendent: Don Neubacher
  • 2016 Operating Budget: $30 million
  • 2016 NPS Employees at Yosemite: 1,200 summer and 800 winter
  • 2016 Yosemite Hospitality Employees at Yosemite: 1,700 summer and 800 winter

Size

  • Land Mass: 748,036 acres (or 1,169 square miles)
  • Designated Wilderness: 704,624 acres (or 1,101 square miles; 94.45% of the park)
 

Infrastructure

  • Paved roads: 214 miles
  • Paved walking and bicycle paths: 20 miles
  • Trails: 800 miles

Lodging (operated by Yosemite Hospitality)

  • The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee): 123 units
  • Yosemite Valley Lodge (formerly Yosemite Lodge): 245 units
  • Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village): 503 units
  • Housekeeping Camp: 266 units
  • Big Trees Lodge (formerly Wawona Hotel): 104 units
  • Tuolumne Meadows Lodge: 69 units
  • White Wolf Lodge: 28 units
  • High Sierra Camps: 55 units

Campgrounds

  • Yosemite Valley Family Sites: 459 sites accommodating 2,754 people
  • Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat/Hetch Hetchy: 856 sites for 5,136 people
  • Glacier Point/Wawona: 206 sites for 1,236 people
  • Group campsites: 16 group campsites (for 463 people); and 9 horse campsites (54 people)

Structures

  • NPS buildings: 747
  • Concession buildings: 386

Bridges

  • Vehicle bridges: 27
  • footbridges: 90
  • Road tunnels: 4

Visitor Use

  • Park visitors: 4,294,381 (2015), 4,029,416 (2014), 3,829,361 (2013)
  • Overnight Hikers: 63,599 (2015), 56,308 (2014), 50,274 (2013)
  • Search and rescue operations: 239 (2015), 181 (2014), 184 (2013), 216 (2012)
  • Motor vehicle accidents: 611 (2015), 465 (2014), 491 (2013)
  • Fatalities: 20 (2015), 13 (2014), 15 (2012)
  • Medical assists: 766 (2015), 637 (2014), 653 (2013)
  • Human-Bear incidents: 76 (2015), 165 (2014), 120 (2013)
  • Bears hit by vehicles: 39 (2015), 25 (2014), 16 (2013)

Visitor Study

Yosemite National Park conducted a winter survey for one week in February 2008. There was a 60% response rate. The entire survey and results can be viewed at the Yosemite National Park Visitor Study: Winter 2008 [638 kb PDF].

  • 91% of visitors were U.S. residents; 89% of those were from California.
  • 9% of visitors were international visitors. With 9% each from Germany, Korea, Taiwan, United Kindgom.
  • 20% of respondents had visited Yosemite National Park at least twice in the past 12 months.
  • 26% of respondents were visiting Yosemite National Park for the first time.
  • 29% of respondents identified themselves as Asian, Hispanic, American Indian and/or African American.
  • 84% of respondents listed "sightseeing or taking a scenic drive" as their primary activity, 73% taking photographs/painting/drawing and 35% listed "hiking".

Yosemite National Park had a comprehensive survey conducted for one week in July 2009. In it, 1,326 visitor groups were systematically selected from all five park entrance stations. There was a 65% response rate. The entire survey and results can be viewed at Yosemite National Park Visitor Study: Summer 2009 [1.5 MB PDF].

  • 75% of visitors were U.S. residents; and 62% of those were from California.
  • 25% of visitors were international visitors. Of those, 14% were from the United Kingdom, 13% from Germany, and small proportions from 31 other countries.
  • 87% of respondents had visited Yosemite National Park at least once in the past 12 months.
  • 57% of respondents were visiting Yosemite National Park for the first time.
  • 11% of the respondents identified themselves as Hispanic, and 11% as Asian. Of those Asian visitors, the most well-represented races were Chinese (24%) and Japanese (22%).
  • 93% of respondents listed "viewing scenery" as their primary activity.
  • The average length of stay for overnight visitors in the park was 57 hours (2.4 days) and the average length of stay in the areas was 83 hours (3.5 days).
  • The median group expenditure in the park and the surrounding 50-mile area was $490.

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PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

(209) 372-0200
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