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Yosemite National Park is Open. Read  "Six Tips for Visiting Yosemite National Park During the Government Shutdown"

All park rules remain in effect and services, including restrooms are limited. Read about Yosemite's current status here.


Over half of Yosemite National Park is in Tuolumne County--it’s the least crowded half too.

Highway 120 through Tuolumne County is the most direct route into Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and all of Northern California.

While in Yosemite, walk in the majesty of towering giant sequoias in the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias or in the incomparable and open scenery of Tuolumne Meadows, a spectacular subalpine meadow surrounded by granite domes and cliffs. Or, hike around Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to uncommon waterfalls that are comparable in beauty to their Yosemite Valley rivals.

Other highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley with its iconic cliffs like Half Dome and El Capitan and towering waterfalls,  Wawona’s Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Glacier Point with spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country in the spring through fall.

The total Yosemite experience doesn't begin or end at the park boundary. More outdoor adventure extends onto the adjacent Stanislaus National Forest and in the High Sierra, and unique discoveries are made when you're transplanted back in time in California's Gold Country.




Top 5 Tips for Visiting Yosemite National Park

1. 95% of visitors see 5% of Yosemite; explore the less visited and uncrowded areas outside the Valley Floor – like Hetch Hetchy and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

2. Go early in the morning (avoid park entrance traffic between 10am and 12pm). Or, spend some time in the other areas of Tuolumne County, like in Gold Country and in the High Sierra, until later in the day.

3. Visit the park October through April when it is much less crowded, and you’ll get the best of fall colors and beautiful winter scenes.

4. In the busy summer months, take alternate transportation like Y.A.R.T.S. or local transportation providers such as Mother Lode Adventures Charter Services.

5. Purchase your Park Pass online ahead of time.




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The Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park is located on CA Highway 120 roughly 24 miles (39 km) east of Groveland, CA. CA Highway 120 is the most direct route into Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco…
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El Capitan, rising over 3,000 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley, is a favorite for experienced rock climbers. El Capitan is opposite Bridalveil Fall and is best seen from the roads in western Yosemite Valley, including Tunnel View, Bridalveil…
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Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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Probably one of the most iconic features of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome is a site to be seen. You can hike the 16 mile round trip to the top of the dome, but it is only recommended if you are…
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Hetch Hetchy is a mecca of recreation in Yosemite. Backpacking, bird watching, fishing, and hiking.. Hetch Hetchy has one of the longest hiking seasons of any of the park attractions due to its relatively low elevation. If you are up…
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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
Groveland, CA 95321
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Experience the giant sequoias of Yosemite in the Tuolumne Grove. This is one of three groves to walk among these giants that can live to more than 3000 years old! You will have to hike just about 1.5 miles to…
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Tuolumne Grove Trailhead
Yosemite National Park, CA