Occupying nearly 1,200 square miles of protected land, Yosemite National Park welcomes 3.7 million visitors each year, most of whom spend their visits in the famous Yosemite Valley. More "daring" visitors come to climb the park's legendary granite cliffs and explore the forests of Giant Sequoia trees. Breathtaking waterfalls, rolling fields of chaparral, and rugged Sierra Nevada landscapes of fir and pine trees are the natural home of over 250 species of vertebrate animals, including birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, and amphibians.
The legendary Tioga Road, generally open from late May/early June through November, is a drivable feast for the senses. The Badger Pass Ski Area hosts downhill skiing from mid-December through late March/early April, and a large portion of the park is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well. More than 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) of trails are available for hikers of every ability level.
Reservations aren't needed for visiting or entering the park, but reservations for lodging or camping are necessary. Park entrance fee for cars, vans, trucks, or RVs, is $20 per car. Park entrance fee for people on foot, motorcycle or bicycle, horseback, and non-commercial bus is $10. Commercial tours pay anywhere from $25 to $300, depending on seating capacity. Entrance fees are waived on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, National Park Week days, and National Park Service Founders Day. Annual passes are also available.
Best time to visit
From late May/early June through October, the entire park is car-friendly, but short-term closures are possible if there is snowfall during that time.
Near by POI
Yosemite West is a private community of resort homes on the southern edge of the Park. Chinquapin is located within Yosemite National Park, near Yosemite West, and features the Deer Camp trailhead and Old Glacier Point Trail.