The good news is that Yosemite National Park is open! However, the process will be a little different than in years past. To visit Yosemite this summer, you'll have to reserve a ticket in advance. You can do this now at www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/300015. This requirement is in effect through October 31, 2020. Beginning November 1, 2020, advance reservations will no longer be required to visit Yosemite, but entrance passes will still be required as usual. If you are having trouble reserving your day use entry ticket, please see our Park Pass Information page for some insider tips.
Or, you can avoid the need for a ticket altogether by visiting Yosemite on a comfortable Yosemite Tours bus. Our convertible buses open up to give you an unbeatable view of the Yosemite Valley, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Glacier Point, and more. Both full- and half-day tours are available. It's the perfect way to experience the best of Yosemite!
Learn more about Yosemite Tours below.
Disclaimer: Yosemite National Park is open, and Tenaya Lodge is excited to be running tours to explore the Park! However, please be advised that buses may be running at full capacity. We will keep the convertible roof open as often as possible, and we are taking precautions to protect against transmission of COVID-19, but since 6 feet of social distancing is not possible on our tour buses, you will be touring at your own risk. Please be advised that masks or other face coverings will be required on all tours. If you or any member of your party is feeling ill or have come into contact with someone who is sick during the last 14 days, please let us know prior to your tour. Tenaya Lodge also offers private tours for your traveling family or group.
Experience the full splendor of Yosemite National Park by joining us on a guided tour like no other. Our exclusive convertible buses open to provide unobstructed views of Yosemite park. Visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & more. Sit back and soak in the rich stories of Yosemite from our expert guides.
May 1 - October 31, 2020
When most people think of Yosemite, they think of Yosemite Valley. This tour focuses introduces you to the famous valley, including Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Fall (in season), Tunnel View, and Glacier Point.
July 16 - October 31, 2020
Do you want to explore Yosemite Valley, without having to drive the curvy mountain roads? The Yosemite Park Mini-Tour will transport you to the Valley from Tenaya Lodge and back again, plus give you a few hours to explore on your own.
The Day Tour was great specifically if taken with Rob. He was so pleasant, passionate and kind. He took us to places that were unique and outside of the norm. He was very caring with all passengers and very eager to help.
Of course, you can visit Yosemite on your own. But if you have only one day, a tour is an excellent way to make sure you see the highlights without the stress of having to drive yourselves. Our local guides not only do the driving, they will give you an overview of the ecology and history of the park. If you have many days to explore, taking a tour early in your stay helps orient you to the park and better plan your next outings.
The greatest value on any tour is not the luxury van, but the knowledge of the guide. When you travel with a guide, you will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of what you're seeing. Yosemite has a high "Wow!" factor, but our guides will help you go deeper than the "Wow!" and help you appreciate what you're seeing.
Only Tenaya Lodge has custom air-conditioned roll-top vans that give you an unobstructed view of the sky, like an open-air tram, but that can close the top if it's too hot or too cold. Even with the top closed, our vans are dominated by glass and give you a broad view of the towering cliffs and trees of Yosemite. You can't get that experience in your car, or with any other tour operator.
Many guests find driving the mountain roads can be fatiguing. Even those who enjoy mountain driving find that the need to watch the road makes it hard for the driver to see the sites. But you don't feel bad for the driver on your tour. They've seen the sites! Let them do the driving while you gaze in wonder.
Great way to experience Yosemite for the first time … Their all day tour of the Yosemite National Park was the best. Our guide, Phil, was the best guide. Professional, knowledgeable, and fun!