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Yosemite National Park encompasses nearly 1,200 square miles of incredible scenery, ranging from deep valleys, high cliffs, ancient giant sequoias, tall waterfalls, and expansive wilderness. First protected in 1864, the park is a testament to the power of the glaciers, the strength of granite, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. Millions of people visit Yosemite each year to experience its beauty and its many opportunities for recreation.

To learn more about Yosemite National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Please Note: There are no singletrack trails within Yosemite National Park that are open to mountain bikes. This page serves as a general overview of the area. The park does offer over 12 miles of paved bike paths in Yosemite Valley, and bicyclists can ride on the road around the park. For more information on the bike paths located in Yosemite Valley, click here.

Visiting Tips

Yosemite National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. However, the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station is open only during daylight hours (approximately) and some roads are closed due to snow from around November through May or June. Visit the park's website to see current closures, conditions, and other park alerts.

Visitors have their choice of recreation and sights to see depending on the season. Summer is the peak season in the park, and spring is the best season for the park's iconic waterfalls. The waterfalls reach their peak flow near the end of May and by August most waterfalls have little water or may be dry until after the next snowfall which is usually by November. Visitation tapers off in the fall and into the winter when the weather is consistently snowy and cold. Learn more about Yosemite in summer, fall, winter, or spring to help plan the best time to visit the park.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
  • Camping & Lodging

    Camping:
    Yosemite National Park has thirteen campgrounds; some are reservable while others operate on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777. From about April through October, reservations can be very difficult to get, and the first come, first served campgrounds often fill up early each day. Please note that sleeping in your car or RV is not permitted within Yosemite except in individual campsites. To learn more about camping in the park as well as to see specific information for each of the campgrounds, visit the park's website.

    • Upper Pines: 238 sites. Reservations available from February 11 to November 30. Open year round.
    • Lower Pines: 60 sites. Reservations available. Open late March to early November.
    • North Pines: 81 sites. Reservations available. Open early April to early November.
    • Camp 4: 35 sites. First come, first served. No RVs or trailers. Open year round.
    • Wawona: 93 sites. Reservations available from April 11 to October 10. Open year round.
    • Bridalveil Creek: 110 sites. First come, first served. Open July through mid September.
    • Hodgdon Meadow: 105 sites. Reservations available from April 11 to October 10. Open year round.
    • Crane Flate: 166 sites. Reservations available. Open mid July to mid October.
    • Tamarack Flat: 52 sites. First come, first served. No RVs or trailers. Open July to mid October.
    • White Wolf: 74 sites. First come, first served. Open July to late September.
    • Yosemite Creek: 75 sites. First come, first served. No RVs or trailers. Open July to early September.
    • Porcupine Flat: 52 sites. First come, first served. Open July to mid October.
    • Tuolumne Meadows: 304 sites. Half of the sites are reservable. Open mid July to late September.

    Backcountry Camping:
    With nearly 95% of Yosemite National Park designated as wilderness, backpacking and backcountry camping is also popular. A wilderness permit is required and can be obtained in advance with a reservation up to 24 weeks in advance. A limited number of permits can also be obtained on a first come, first served basis. For more information on wilderness permits and other backcountry camping regulations, visit the park's website.

    Lodging:
    Lodging options in Yosemite National Park range from simple tent cabins at the High Sierra Camps to deluxe rooms at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Visit the Travel Yosemite website for full descriptions, prices, and online reservations. Reservations are available 365 days in advance and are strongly recommended, especially from spring through fall and during holidays.

    A variety of lodging options are available in the gateway communities surrounding, and on private land within, Yosemite. In these areas, options range from luxurious to affordable, including hotels and motels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, hostels, and tent cabins.

    Food & Drink

    Yosemite has a variety of restaurants and other dining options available year round in Yosemite Valley and seasonally at Wawona, Badger Pass, Glacier Point, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Meadows. Groceries are also available all year in Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Crane Flat, and El Portal, and seasonally at Tuolumne Meadows. Visitors are also invited to use the picnic areas throughout the park which are available on a first come, first served basis. Most picnic areas have a picnic table, vault toilets, and garbage and recycling bins.

    Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

    While not a traditional MTB shuttle, the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) operates in the gateway communities around Yosemite. To learn more about the YARTS bus and where it operates, please check out their interactive map.

    Other Activities

    Yosemite National Park is a "mecca" for rock climbers. Known for its unrivaled sheer and towering granite domes, Yosemite is home to many of the most classic rock climbing routes in the world. Check out Mountain Project for all of the climbing beta on over 1,300 routes in Yosemite. Other great ways to enjoy the park include camping, birdwatching, fishing, horseback riding, and auto touring. In the warmer weather, visitors can also go swimming, boating, or rafting. Winter recreation is just as varied with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating all being popular winter activities. For those looking to extend their adventure outside of the park, opportunities for mountain biking abound, including at the nearby town of Mammoth Lakes and up the road at Buck Meadows.

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