Welcome You to Yosemite National Park

where is yosemite national park

Yosemite National Park is located in eastcentral California, east of the city of Modesto, California.

Welcome You to Yosemite National Park

Getting Here
The closest major airports are Oakland and San Francisco, California and there is a smaller airport in Modesto, California.

Establishment the Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park was established on 01 October 1890, and is the Nation’s third oldest national park. The park was established for the purpose of preservation of the resources that contribute to its uniqueness and attractiveness. Congress recognized the importance of preserving this great park for future public enjoyment when it established Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park is a showcase of spectacular geological features, including the greatest concentration of granite domes in the world and the largest exposed granite monolith in the world.

Size and Visitation of Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park embraces almost 1,200 square miles of scenic wild lands set aside in 1890 to preserve a portion of the central Sierra Nevada that stretches along California’s eastern flank. The park ranges from 2,000 feet above sea level to more than 13,000 feet and has these major attractions; alpine wilderness, three groves of Giant Sequoias and the glacially carved Yosemite Valley with impressive waterfalls, cliffs and unusual rock formations.

The park’s major sites can be viewed by automobile. Some trails and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Basic Visit Recommendations
Stay for a minimum of four hours to tour Yosemite Valley. It would require at least two days to visit to all sites and areas in the park.

Best Time to Visit Yosemite National Park

Is there a “best” time of year to visit Yosemite? It depends what you’re looking for. Weather varies year by year, sometimes dramatically, and that affects the wateralls, wildflowers, and road openings.


There are nearly a dozen paved bikeways that wind through the eastern end of Yosemite Valley.


Campgrounds in Yosemite are operated by the National Park Service. There are 13 campgrounds in Yosemite.

Food and Supplies

Food service and groceries are available in the park and in surrounding communities.


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

Weather of Yosemite National Park

Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. Most of the moisture comes in the months of January, February and March, and the winter climate is relatively mild. Sierra summers are typically warm and dry. April and November are transitional months, when warm, sunny days can suddenly become stormy. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity.

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