Traffic in Yosemite National Park

A record number of vehicles have been entering Yosemite National Park in recent years. Traffic congestion may occur from mid-morning to evening, with delays ranging between one and two hours long.

Travel Recommendations

  • Bring plenty of food and water for potential delays.
  • Park your vehicle for the duration of your stay. Driving from site to site increases traffic congestion.
  • Ride the free shuttle buses to enjoy Yosemite Valley most easily once parked.
  • Consider arriving early and staying late, or visiting Yosemite during the week.
  • Enjoy the entire Yosemite region--consider visiting the surrounding communities of Mariposa, Groveland, Lee Vining and Oakhurst.
  • Ride a YARTS bus to enter the park.

Please Be Aware

  • Congestion is greatest in Yosemite Valley and at Glacier Point. It is especially heavy on weekends.
  • Parking lots are generally full by noon, and sometimes earlier.
  • Vehicles on roadsides must use designated turnouts and pull off the road completely. Do not park on vegetation.
  • After reaching the one-way road on the Yosemite Valley floor, the only route to avoid the areas of heaviest congestion is the left-hand turn labeled for Highways 140, 120, and 41.
  • During heavy traffic days, it is possible that a park ranger may temporarily divert you away from Yosemite Valley at El Capitan crossover (east of Bridalveil Fall).
  • On busy days, you may encounter significant traffic delays in multiple locations.

We ask for patience and understanding as we work to help you enjoy and experience the Yosemite region.

General Traffic Forecast for Summer 2016

Yosemite has significant traffic from around 9 am to around 5 pm during spring and summer..

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389


(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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