Yosemite National Park
Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's (summer-fall) spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley.
Closures & Restrictions
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) beyond Yosemite Creek Campground and the entire Glacier Point Road are closed. They are both anticipated to open (without services) on May 14th at noon.
For updated road information, call 209/372-0200.
Driving DirectionsPlane - Several airlines serve Fresno Yosemite International (off of Hwy 41), the Merced Air Terminal (off of Hwy 140), and the Modesto Airport (off of Hwy 120). more *
-South entrance on Highway 41 north from Fresno
-Arch Rock entrance on Highway 140 west from Merced
-Big Oak Flat entrance on Highway 120 west from Modesto and Manteca
-Hetch Hetchy Entrance (to Hetch Hetchy Valley)
-Tioga Pass entrance on Highway 120 east from Lee Vining and Highway 395. The Tioga Pass entrance is closed from the first major snowstorm in November until late May to early June due to snow. All other park entrances are kept open all year, but may require tire chains because of snow any time between November and April.
**Visitors may drive into and around Yosemite Valley. Reservations are neither required nor available to enter the park.**
For Visitors...The things to do at Yosemite National Park are bike riding, boating, climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, water sports, winter sports and wildlife viewing. Visitors taking a central California vacation can find camping spots or lodging facilities here. There's a picnic area, a store to get groceries and eating places.
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