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Yosemite National Park
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
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Yosemite National Park, California   95389

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Spring is just around the corner.

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Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things.

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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
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Camping
Yosemite National Park contains 13 popular campgrounds, of which up to 7 are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come, first-served sites often fill by noon from May through September. The Conditions Update may contain opening or closing dates, if they are currently available.

RESERVATIONS: The process for making campground reservations may change beginning with the 2006 season. We will post information as soon as we receive it.

Reservations are required year-round for Yosemite Valley's car campgrounds and summer through fall for Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Wawona, and half of Tuolumne Meadows. Camping reservations are available in blocks of one month at a time, up to five months in advance, on the 15th of each month through the National Park Reservation System (NPRS). Be aware that nearly all reservations for the months of May through September and for some other weekends are filled the first day they become available (often within a few hours)!

All other campgrounds (except group and stock campgrounds) are first-come, first-served.

REGULATIONS: These are some of the camping regulations that apply throughout the park. Regulations for each campground are available by clicking on one of the campgrounds listed above.

1) You must keep your food properly stored from bears 24 hours per day. Read the section on bears & food storage for more information.

2) Camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted only in designated campsites.

3) There is a maximum of 6 people (including children) and 2 vehicles per campsite.

4) There is a 30-day camping limit within Yosemite National Park in a calendar year; however, May 1 - September 15, the camping limit in Yosemite is 14 days, and only 7 of those days can be in Yosemite Valley or Wawona.

5) Pets are permitted in all campgrounds except Camp 4, Tamarack Flat, Porcupine Flat, and all group campsites. Pets must be on a leash and should not be left unattended. See Protect Yourself... and Yosemite for more information.

6) Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

7) Generators may be used sparingly from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

8) Camp wastewater must be disposed of in designated utility drains. Sewage must be disposed of at designated dump stations (Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Tuolumne Meadows).

9) Electrical extension cords may not be connected to campground restroom outlets.
Swimming
SWIMMING:

Besides the outdoor pools available to the public during summer at Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge swimming is permitted in all bodies of water in the park except Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and above waterfalls.

Swimming in the Merced River is a great way to cool off--but help protect the river by entering and exiting only on sandy beaches. Swimming in rivers is not without hazards, including swift currents, cold water, and hazards within the river


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BACKPACKING AND HIKING:

YOSEMITE VALLEY: Beautiful and majestic, Yosemite Valley boasts some of the most popular trailheads in the park. These strenuous trails lead the hiker up the seemingly sheer granite walls which form the Valley. To reach the top of such spectacles as Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point, and El Capitan, the hiker will encounter steep terrain, switchbacks, and rapidly changing weather conditions. Spectacular views from the rim of the valley reward the hiker and quickly erase memories of any hardships suffered enroute.

TUOLUMNE MEADOWS: Tuolumne Meadows is located at over 8600 feet in elevation. From Tuolumne, numerous trails lead hikers to lakes, meadows and beautiful river canyons. More strenuous overnight backpacking trips allow the adventurer access to the northern-most reaches of the Park, the area between Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley, or along extended wilderness routes such as the John Muir Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail. Because of its elevation, temperatures in Tuolumne average 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Yosemite Valley. Once the Tioga Road closes for the season (generally in early November), this area is accessible to well-experienced winter enthusiasts via snow shoes or skis only.

TIOGA ROAD: This scenic 45 mile drive covers almost 4000 feet of elevation change. It begins at Crane Flat, travels through Tuolumne Meadows, and then over Tioga Pass. The road is open to vehicles from late May or early June (weather permitting) until the first major snow storm after November 1; overnight parking is not permitted after October 15th. In winter and early spring, the snow covered Tioga Road serves as an ungroomed cross-country ski route for the adventurous and seasoned winter camper.

HETCH HETCHY: The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, located in the northwest part of the park, serves as the portal to many beautiful, less-traveled areas in Yosemite. The Hetch Hetchy Road normally stays open year-round and the reservoir itself lies at a relatively low 3900 feet making this a good area for spring and fall wilderness travel. High temperatures prevail along the trail during the summer months, but this is a small price to pay for the breathtaking areas that can be reached from here. Several lakes and popular valleys are all within 15 miles of the reservoir. There is no access to Hetch Hetchy trailheads while the road is closed.

WAWONA AND GLACIER POINT: Historic Wawona at 4000 feet elevation is located just inside the park's southern boundary on Highway 41. Because of its low elevation, trails from Wawona can be accessible during the spring and fall as well as the summer. The lush open meadows, forests and lakes which abound in Yosemite's less-frequented southern wilderness can be reached from trailheads in Wawona. The abundance of water in the spring makes this an attractive area for wilderness users. Once under snow in winter, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is designated as wilderness. Nordic skiers and snow-shoers can obtain a wilderness permit to ski through and camp in the upper reaches of the Grove.

Driving time from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point is about one hour. The Glacier Point Road is generally open to vehicles from late May or early June (weather permitting) until the first major snow storm after November 1; overnight parking is not permitted after October 15th. In winter, it serves as a groomed cross-country ski track starting from the Badger Pass ski area. Badger Pass, located 6 miles from the Chinquapin turn off on the Wawona Road (Highway 41), also serves as the trailhead for numerous marked cross-country ski trails. Wilderness permits for overnight wilderness travel from Badger Pass should be acquired from the Badger Pass A-Frame.
Nature Programs
Junior Ranger Program:

The junior ranger program consists of an activity booklet, ranger program, and litter collection.

Ranger-led junior ranger activities are available from late June through August.

Cost for the activity booklet is $3.50 (plus tax). When it's completed, the junior ranger receives a junior ranger patch.

Children ages 3-6 can complete a Little Cub activity booklet (including attending a ranger program and picking up litter).

Cost for the activity booklet is $3 (plus tax). When it's completed, the Little Cub receives a little cub button.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 27 Im Coming back by Gail McCrary
We siblings surprised our Mother there for her surprise 70th birthday. 22 of us and it was the best time ever.That was ten years ago and Im going again with my boyfriend this Spring who has never been. What a true wonder of God!!!
September 6 My favorite place yet by Danae
Well, there was this one cliff in New Zeland that i liked a little more, but other than that this is my favorite
September 29 No One Has Rated Yosemite. UR Kidding! by LAH
Words fail me. See John Muir.


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Plane - 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).

Car - There are four entrances to the park: 1) South entrance on Highway 41 north from Fresno 2) Arch Rock entrance on Highway 140 west from Merced 3) Big Oak Flat entrance on Highway 120 west from Modesto and Manteca Hetch Hetchy Entrance (to Hetch Hetchy Valley) 4) 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 June due to snow. All other park entrances are kept open all year, but may require tire chains because of snow anytime between November and April.

**Visitors may drive into and around Yosemite Valley. Reservations are not required (nor do they exist) to enter the park.**

Public Transportation - Visitors can ride yarts buses from gateway communities outside the park into Yosemite Valley. Yarts and Via buses connect with Amtrak and Greyhound in Merced.

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