Tips & Suggestions to Visiting Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is one of the places you think of when you plan a visit to California. With its almost 1200 square miles, there is plenty of space to explore and enjoy. Plan your visit to take advantage of all this national park has to offer.

You can visit Yosemite year-round and purchase a seven-day pass. In addition, there are several days throughout the year when the fee is waived. Some roads close during the winter due to snow, so check your route ahead of time. You will find something different to enjoy in all four seasons, but be prepared for the change in climate.

Even within a season, you can experience a wide range of temperatures since elevation varies greatly. It pays to know what you will be doing and where you will be going before you arrive. Most precipitation is received during October through May and temperature differences can be 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit between the mountains and valleys.

Pets are allowed in some areas of the park, but they must be restrained at all times with a leash. All food must be kept in sealed containers to not attract bears.

Upper Yosemite Falls

Upper Yosemite Falls

What to Do in Yosemite

Many activities are available to entertain you during your stay in the park. You can enjoy water activities, go camping or fishing, go for a bike ride or enjoy a picnic. Horseback riding is also permitted in some areas.

For an exciting adventure, plan a rock climbing trip. The crags and walls are sure to thrill experienced climbers. Enjoy winter skiing at some of the high elevation areas, especially Badger Pass which is one of the oldest skiing areas in the state. Yosemite Valley also offers skating at an outdoor rink during the winter months.

What You Will See in Yosemite

Expect to see a variety of animals during your time in Yosemite Park. Many of them are harmless, such as California ground squirrel, mule deer, and numerous fish and amphibians. You may also be lucky enough to see bobcats and black bear.

You will want to make time to visit Yosemite Falls, with its distinction as the tallest waterfall in North America. It is just one of the many falls you can encounter during your stay. Two rivers flow through the area, Tuolumne River and Merced River, which you will see if you travel along the 282 miles of roadway or hike down the numerous trails that span around 800 miles.

Yosemite is a vast park, a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. To enjoy it fully, plan the specifics of the trip before you leave home. Know what areas within the park are a must-see on your list. It will make an unforgettable vacation spot for the entire family.

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Edited/Contributed by: Riley Branham
Published/Updated on: 12-11-2018

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