Plan Your Visit

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.

Top Things to Know

  1. Pack your patience: millions of people visit Yosemite from April through October. Yosemite Valley is the main destination for most visitors but there are many places to go in the park.

  2. Early birds avoid traffic! From spring through fall, arrive in the park before or after peak hours (before 9 am and after 5 pm) to avoid delays and traffic congestion.
  3. Plan ahead: reservations are not required to enter Yosemite, but we strongly recommend that you make reservations for lodging, camping, and backpacking.
  4. Keep wildlife wild: do not approach or feed animals.
  5. Drive responsibly: observe posted speed limits and use pullouts to take pictures and let other cars pass.
  6. Protect Yosemite’s bears: always practice proper food storage and follow speed limits.
  7. Staying connected: cellular service is limited. Don’t be surprised if you can’t receive calls or texts in the park.
  8. How can you help four million people? Learn how to visit Yosemite in a way that is fun, memorable, and safe.
Yosemite Trip Planning

Yosemite Trip Planning Videos
We've made this series of videos to help you plan your trip. So far, we have a general orientation video, along with videos about easy, moderate, and strenuous day hikes in Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite Conservancy bookstore

The Yosemite Conservancy bookstore specializes in the very best Yosemite guides, maps, and books. Many of our titles are written by park based experts, making them some of the most comprehensive resources you will have.

When you shop at Yosemite Conservancy bookstore you are also supporting the park. Proceeds go straight back into helping preserve and protect the park, and provide a wide range of visitor services.

Last updated: September 30, 2021

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