Please note that GPS units do not always provide accurate directions to or within Yosemite. Yosemite covers 1,200 square miles and does not have a single address. We do not recommend using GPS units for directions in and around Yosemite. If you do use a GPS unit, just keep in mind that if there's a conflict between what the road sign says and what your GPS unit says, the road sign is correct (and your GPS unit isn't).
Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are located only in Yosemite Valley: one at the Village Garage, one at The Majestic Hotel in Yosemite (formerly The Ahwahnee) as well as one Tesla charging station at the Majestic Hotel. You do not need to be a guest at the hotel to charge your vehicle, however, you must move your vehicle from the space once it is finished charging.
You may find maps of Yosemite and California useful, as well as mileages and driving times from Yosemite Valley to various points in California and Nevada [143 kb PDF].
Also, keep in mind that, some roads are closed from around November through May/June and that tire chains may be required on open roads from around October through April (depending on conditions). You can use public transportation to get to Yosemite all year.
Getting to Yosemite From the West and North
San Francisco/Bay area
Reno & Lake Tahoe
Getting to Yosemite From the South
Los Angeles area
San Diego area
Distance: 495 mi / 797 km
Time: 8-10 hours
Take I-15 south to Barstow; Highway 58 west to Bakersfield; take Highway 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.
Death Valley National Park
Distance: 450 mi / 720 km
Driving Times Within and Near Yosemite
You can find out which roads are open for the season by visiting the conditions page. For up-to-the minute road conditions, call 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). Times are approximate, assume good conditions, and no stops.
From Yosemite Valley to:
Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41):
El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140):
Big Oak Flat & Tioga Roads (continuation of Highway 120 through the park)
Last updated: October 1, 2018