National park titan of the American West, Yosemite was established in 1890 and today covers 747,956 acres, about 30 USGS quadrangles, and 1,169 square miles – nearly 95 percent of which are designated wilderness.

One of American’s original national parks, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yosemite’s renown extends far beyond its granite walls, cascading waterfalls, and ancient giant sequoia groves. 

  • Five distinct areas attract upwards of 4 million park visitors each year:  Yosemite Valley, Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Glacier Point, Tioga Road and Tuolumne Meadows, and Hetch Hetchy.
  • Within park boundaries, visitors can explore 800 miles of hiking trails and 214 miles of stupendously scenic highways.
  • Yosemite National Park is open 24 hours a day, sevendays a week.  (Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station is open only during daylight hours.)
  • Reservations are not required to visit the park, but an entrance fee is required.
  • Fishing, rafting, hiking, skiing, biking, rock climbing, birdwatching, horseback riding, golf and scenic drives are all available in the park.
  • Popular museums and galleries include the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, Yosemite Museum, Nature Center at Happy Isles, Ansel Adams Gallery, and Wawona Visitor Center, including the Hill Studio, and the Wawona Pioneer History Center.
“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.”  - “Letters to a Friend,” John Muir on Yosemite.