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Yosemite National Park

Come discover Yosemite's summertime magic, where especially this year, cascading waterfalls, vibrant wildflowers, and majestic wildlife can create an unforgettable, awe-inspiring experience. It's always recommended to "Know Before You Go" - to be informed about, and be prepared for, the conditions in Yosemite. Information which can be conveniently found on our Travel Alerts 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. 

Note - Sentinel Drive will be closed for much of the summer as Yosemite will be doing roadwork in Yosemite Valley as part of the Continuous Flow Intersection Improvement Project. During this time the East Valley Shuttle will not be operating, but the Valleywide Shuttle still will.

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Note:  Most services inside the park are operational but there some impacts as a result of the many on-going projects in the park (e.g. road work on Glacier Point Road, the Bridalveil Fall area rehabilitation, 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. There's a wide variety of options available through the region; from hotels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, campgrounds and RV sites, and much more!  Click below to explore the options here.

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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.   

CHINESE            FRENCH                GERMAN             ITALIAN            JAPANESE            SPANISH

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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 Oakhurst & Fish Camp along Highway 41 from mid-May through mid-September.   

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

Finally, here are a couple outside sources 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.
Visit Yosemite - Madera County
Oakhurst Visitor Center, 40343 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-4636
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Winter Hours - Monday thru Saturday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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