Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park is one of the aesthetic wonders of America. Established in 1890 it encompasses more than 1,200 square miles of wilderness lands, with elevations ranging from 2,000 feet to more than 13,000 feet above sea level. Each year its scenic wonders attract over 3.5 million visitors from all over the world. The main visitor attraction is Yosemite Valley with eight dramatic waterfalls, 3,000 foot vertical granite walls enclosing it on three sides, and lush green meadows, bisected by the Merced River.

Visitor Activities:

Park concessionaires offer overnight accommodations, bus tours, bicycle rentals, horseback riding, river rafting, and a rock climbing school. Badger Pass Ski Area has downhill and cross country skiing.

Lodging and Camping Facilities:

Yosemite Concession Service Corp. offers lodging in the park ranging from $37.00 per night for a tent with a communal bath to over $200.00 per night for a room in the Ahwahnee.

The National Park Service operates campgrounds that can be reserved five months in advance by calling: 1-800-436-7275.

Restaurants and Stores:

Several restaurants, grocery stores, camera stores, snack bars, art galleries, and a Visitor Center are available.

Directions and Map: Map of Yosemite

There are four ways into the park: Highway 41 north from Fresno, Highway 140 east from Merced, Highway 120 east from Modesto, Highway 120 west from Lee Vining and Highway 395. During the winter months check current road conditions by clicking here: Highway 41 / Highway 120 / Highway 140. Always carry tire chains between November and April.

Permits and Fees:

Entry Fee for a seven-day stay is $20.00 for private vehicles and $10.00 per person arriving by bus, bicycle or foot.

Annual Pass, $40.00 good for unlimited visits.

Golden Eagle Pass, unlimited visits to all National Parks.

Golden Age Pass, (U.S. citizens 62 or older) unlimited visits to all National Parks.

The National Park Service requires Wilderness Permits for overnight travel into the back country; for permit information call (209) 372-0310.

Weather Conditions:

Weather can change rapidly during the year. Elevation plays a major role in the temperature and precipitation. Winters in Yosemite are relatively mild, with most rainfall in the months of January, February and March. However, clouds can form during the summer and produce spectacular thunderstorms. Dressing in layered clothing is advisable, so you can adjust to changing temperatures. Always carry some kind of rain gear.

Operating Hours and Seasons:

Yosemite National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Peak visitations occur during the months of June, July and August. Park telephone number: (209) 372-0200


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