|Yosemite National Park not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, strength of granite, power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.Yosemite is full of opportunity! Explore Yosemite by hiking or biking. Spend some time with a park ranger learning about Yosemite or get a broad overview by taking a bus tour. Backpacking, horseback riding, rock climbing, rafting, and kayaking are also popular throughout the park.BIRD WATCHIINGYosemite National Park provides essential habitat for about 165 species of migrating, wintering, and breeding birds, in addition to another 75 species recorded as transient or vagrant.The most regularly seen resident birds include Steller's jay, American robin, acorn woodpecker, common raven, and mountain chickadee. In spring, look for the bright red wing patches on the red-winged blackbird (most often seen in wet meadows) or the tropical looking western tanager foraging in the conifers. Near rivers and streams, watch the american dipper dart in and out of rapids and listen for their beautiful melodious song.Some of the more sought-after birds to see in Yosemite include the great gray owl, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, pileated woodpecker, and northern goshawk.|
|Facilities: Yosemite National Park has lodging, gas, food, and campgrounds all available within the park grounds. A visitor center is located at Yosemite Village.|
Best Time To Visit: Yosemite National Park is open year-round.
Fees: Entrance fees are charged.
Accessibility: Much of Yosemite National Park is wheelchair accessible.
Rules: The following is prohibited within Yosemite National Park: feeding or approaching wildlife, hunting animals, collecting reptiles and butterflies, collecting plants (including pine cones), picking up archeological or historic items such as arrowheads, possession of metal detectors or using them to locate and collect historic objects, driving vehicles into sensitive meadows and off roadways, camping outside of designated campgrounds, and possession of weapons.Pets must be restrained on a leash not more than six feet long or otherwise physically restrained. Keep your distance from animals, even if they approach you. Dispose of trash in animal-proof trash cans or dumpsters. Keep your food and trash from wildlife by storing it properly, day and night. Keep bicycles on paved roads and paved trails. They are not allowed to travel off-trail, on unpaved trails, or in wilderness areas.
Directions: Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada of California. From the west, the park can be accessed on Highways 120 and 140. From the east, the park can be accessed on Highway 120 only; however, this portion of the highway is closed, generally between October and May, due to snow conditions.To reach Yosemite National Park Visitor Center from Modesto, take Highway 120 out of Oakdale and follow it east for 76.5 miles. Make a slight right onto Big Oak Flat Rd. (Ireland Lake Rd.) and follow it east for 9.6 miles to Highway 140 (Northside Dr.) Turn left onto Highway 140 and travel east for about 7 miles to Yosemite Village.To reach Yosemite National Park Visitor Center from Fresno, travel north on Highway 41 for 92 miles. Turn left onto Highway 140 (Northside Dr.) and follow it for 1 mile to Yosemite Village.To reach Yosemite National Park Visitor Center from Bridgeport, travel south on Highway 395 for 26 miles to Highway 120 (Tioga Pass Rd.) Turn right onto Highway 120 and follow it west for 58.5 miles. Turn left onto Big Oak Flat Rd. (Ireland Lake Rd.) and follow it east for 9.6 miles to Highway 140 (Northside Dr.) Turn left onto Highway 140 and travel east for about 7 miles to Yosemite Village.
Map: Click here for a map to Yosemite National Park
Reservations: Reservations are not required to enter Yosemite National Park; however, reservations for camping or lodging are strongly recommended if you plan to spend the night.
|Yosemite National Park|
|P.O. Box 577|
|Yosemite, California 95389|
|General: (209) 372-0200|
|Fax: (209) 372-0220|