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Yosemite National Park

Our TOP 5 favorite things to do in Yosemite in the fall…

#1.  Hiking or biking around Yosemite Valley and stopping to admire all the fall colors especially around the Yosemite Chapel are some favorite fall activities in Yosemite. 

#2.  Stop at El Capitan Meadow in Yosemite Valley and watch the climbers take on El Capitan as the cooler weather is ideal for the climbing season.

#3.  Visiting the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia and take special notice of the dogwood leaves as they add a crimson hue to the Grove.

#4.  Tuolumne Meadows, make sure to get there NOW before the snows closes it for the winter. You won’t be disappointed…bring your camera, its spectacular!

#5.  Glacier Point…clear skies and breathtaking views of many of the iconic attractions in Yosemite Valley and the High Country. Plan NOW as the snow will also close this special place when wintertime descends on Yosemite.

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias:

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias reopened on June 15, 2018 after an historic restoration.  Click here for more information and photos.

More information to help you make the most of your visit to Yosemite National Park:

There is so much to explore in Yosemite National Park! We have put together several suggestions of things to do in Yosemite to jump start your planning:

  • Yosemite in a Day: The can’t miss sites of Yosemite through the seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
  • Yosemite Hikes: Tony Krizan gives an insider’s guide to Sentinel Dome & Taft Point Hikes.
  • Fossils to Falls: A 4-day tour of history, Bass Lake, and Yosemite waterfalls.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that one of the best ways to see the park is with a little help from a knowledgeable Yosemite tour guide. You get the best Yosemite Park information, without someone having to miss out on the beauty because they're driving. Guided tour companies and adventure tours specialize in making your Yosemite Trip memorable.  

YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transit System) is another way to get to and from Yosemite from the gateway towns.  YARTS operates in the southern gateway towns of Fresno, Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Bass Lake & Fish Camp along Highway 41 from mid-May through mid-September.

Finally, here are a couple outside sources that we recommend incorporating into your planning arsenal:

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40343 Highway 41,
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-4636
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at the Fossil Discovery
Center of Madera County
19450 Avenue 21-1/2
Chowchilla, CA 93610
(Exit 164, off Highway 99)


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