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Yosemite National Park

Come experience the magic of Yosemite National Park throughout the seasons. Watch as the park comes alive in Spring with blooming wildflowers and cascading waterfalls and hike to stunning panoramic views at Glacier Point during the Summer. Discover the vibrant crimson and amber hues as the leaves change in the Fall, and schuss down the slopes of Badger Pass or ice skate in Curry Village with Half Dome towering above. No matter when you visit, it's always recommended to "Know Before You Go" - to be informed about and be prepared for the conditions in Yosemite; for the most current information, head over to our What To Know When Visiting Yosemite - Right Now page.  


Yosemite is known for many things, but starting in Spring, with melting snow in the Sierra Nevada, it's the waterfalls that rule! As winter recedes and the landscape transforms, vibrant hues emerge and the park's iconic waterfalls, like the mesmerizing Yosemite Falls (the tallest waterfall in North America), roar to life. Experience the awe-inspiring spectacle of Yosemite's cascading waterfalls in spring—a testament to the power and beauty of nature. 

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Yosemite Valley Map

View or Download the Yosemite Valley map, complete with shuttle routes and stops.

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Note:  Most services inside the park are operational but there some impacts as a result of some on-going projects in the park (e.g. Shuttle stop improvements, hazard tree removal programs, etc...) 

See the NPS FAQ page for more information about visiting the parkSee the list of concessionaire services.

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Okay - so you've figured out where to go and what to do. Now, it's time to determine where to stay during your visit. Many options are available throughout the region, from hotels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, campgrounds and RV sites, and much more! Explore the options!

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Translations:  Did you know that Yosemite National Park has translated brochures with general park information and map?  

Click on the language link to download your copy.   

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YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transit System) offers transportation to and from Yosemite from gateway towns. Operating in the southern gateway towns of Oakhurst and Fish Camp along Highway 41, YARTS runs from mid-May through mid-September

FREE VALLEY SHUTTLE:  To help find your favorite icons in Yosemite Valley, you can view and download the Yosemite Valley Shuttle Map.  

Finally, here are a few more resources that we recommend incorporating into your planning arsenal:


Like what you see? Save any of these pins (or all of them) to your travel planning board(s) to give you an easy way to find your way back here!  Also check out our travel stories/blog posts and itineraries for more ideas and pins!

Reservations are not required to enter Yosemite National Park!

Our annual Visit Yosemite | Madera County Visitors Guide can answer all your questions about visiting California's Gateway to Yosemite. From the park itself to the museums, wineries, art galleries and more throughout Madera County, our guide can help you plan the perfect vacation. Please note that we mail to the USA only, but anyone can download the guide.
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Oakhurst Visitor Center, 40343 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644
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