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Yosemite Valley - View from Tunnel View

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley is world famous for its impressive waterfalls, meadows, cliffs, and unusual rock formations; accessible by car year-round.

Wawona hotel with golf course in foreground


Wawona is the home to the historic Big Trees Lodge (formerly Wawona Hotel) and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

Bachelor and Three Graces in Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite and is home to over 500 mature sequoias.

View of Tuolumne Meadows and Pothole Dome

Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road

Tuolumne Meadows is a large, open sub-alpine meadow graced by the winding Tuolumne River and surrounded by majestic peaks and domes.

Wildflowers in the Crane Flat area

Crane Flat Area

Crane Flat is a pleasant forest and meadow area located 16 miles (30 minutes) from Yosemite Valley.

View of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Hetch Hetchy

Hidden in Yosemite National Park’s peaceful northwest corner, Hetch Hetchy Valley is a treasure worth visiting in all seasons.


Yosemite's goal is to provide the highest possible level of accessibility to our visitors.

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.

View of Half Dome

Rock Formations

Over eons, rivers and glaciers somehow carved 3,000 feet into solid granite to create Yosemite Valley forming spectacular rock formations.

View from Olmsted Point looking toward Tenaya Lake


There are many different viewpoints in Yosemite; Tunnel View, Olmsted Point, Glacier Point, just to name a few!

Tuolumne River

Lakes and Rivers

Very few lakes are easily accessible in Yosemite National Park. Rivers flow through Wawona, Yosemite Valley, and Tuolumne Meadows.

Things to Do

Find activities that fit into your Yosemite adventure!

Cooks Meadow with water

Meadows and Wetlands

What's so special about meadows and wetlands? Nowhere else in Yosemite will you find a greater diversity of plants and animals.

Merced Lake and back of Half Dome with backpackers


Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite is Congressionally designated Wilderness. Learn more about backpacking in the Yosemite Wilderness.

Yosemite Museum, circa 1926

Museums, Buildings, and Cemeteries

Yosemite is filled with history and there are numerous places in the park where you can visit a museum, historic building, or cemetery.

Basic map of Yosemite and place names

Last updated: September 30, 2021

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