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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

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 Road and the Mariposa Grove are closed for a restoration project until approximately spring 2017.

Visitors enjoying the view at Glacier Point

Glacier Point

Glacier Point is an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra.

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.

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.

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 Vernal Fall

Waterfalls

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

Viewpoints

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.

Giant sequoia with visitors

Giant Sequoias

Massive, ancient giant sequoias live in three groves in Yosemite National Park.

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

Wilderness

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.

 
yosemite basic map

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

(209) 372-0200
The public information office is open from 9 am to 5 pm Pacific time (closed for lunch). Once connected, dial 3 then 5. If the ranger is already on the line, you'll be returned to the main menu. If the ranger is not there, you can leave a message and we will return your call.

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