Yosemite National Park
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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.
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:
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Camping & Lodging
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.
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 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.
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