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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-

civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that

wildness is a necessity...” --John Muir, 1898

Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite

Yosemite Hiking & Camping

Planning a Visit to Yosemite or looking for information on what Yosemite has to offer? DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., the Park’s primary concessioner, maintains a variety of lodging and dining options, stores and supply outlets, transportation and tour/recreational services. Located in Central California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park encompasses an incredible 1,170 square miles of breathtaking natural splendor. Ranging in altitude from 2,000 feet to more than 13,000 feet above sea level, it’s hard to believe that Yosemite is just hours from bustling cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Reno. Though the pristine environment of Yosemite is passionately protected, the Park offers a host of year-round conveniences and guest services so that visitors can make the most of their experience while still observing a respect for the park.

From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and volunteer events, park visitors can start planning their National Park Week FEE FREE adventures now and everything you can do to immerse yourself in its wonders. Within the Park, you’ll find adventures for all ages and all levels of skill, from tranquil evening strolls and programs for young kids to downhill skiing and extreme climbing, depending on the season.

One of the best ways to experience Yosemite is by taking a hike. Here are some of hikes available in different areas of Yosemite:

Celebrate National Park H elp celebrate H ealthy P arks , H ealthy P eople during N ational P ark W eek . T he N ational P ark F oundation and N ational P ark S ervice are encouraging people everywhere to come visit , get outdoors , and embrace a healthy lifestyle , while also embracing the importance of keeping our parks protected and preserved . F rom ranger - led hikes and kayak trips to camping and volunteer events , park visitors can start planning their N ational P ark W eek FEE FREE adventures now at

The majestic sights of Yosemite delight and inspire visitors of all generations. Take a tour of some of our most amazing natural features, and the plants and animals that make the park their home. Our mostpopular Yosemite attractions include:

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Waterfalls Cliffs Wildlife Trees and Plants

Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite National Park is designated Wilderness. Wilderness is a special distinction granted by Congress protecting land from further development. The best way to experience the 1,100 square miles of the Yosemite Wilderness is to explore it first hand some you can wittness what yosemite has to offer you. Yosemite is known for there high mountains and waterfalls. Yosemite is a fun place to visit with friends or family if your a nature person. Yosemite receives most of its precipitation in the months of January, February, and March.

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Yosemite Valley Glacier Point Road Wawona and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Hetch Hetchy White Wolf Tuolumne Meadows

It goes without saying that Yosemite National Park provides one of the world’s most phenomenal backdrops for hiking and exploration. You can journey with our guides on a variety of day hikes ranging from a few hours in length to full day trips to the top of Half Dome. Interested in overnight backpacking? Sign up for our group backpacking trips, or have our staff work with you to design a custom backpacking trip just for your group. High Sierra Camps provide tremendous access to the Yosemite backcountry without the need to carry a big pack, just carry your essentials and then enjoy a hot meal prepared by our staff and take advantage of our tent cabins in the great outdoors activities and sightseeings. 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.

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