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Yosemite Valley at California

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park, California, 95389
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Yosemite Valley

Located in the Western Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite Valley is an amazingly beautiful destination to explore – from sunsets on its majestic granite walls to its sculptured domes and spires that reach into the blue sky. Hike and bike through the 2.8 mile-long Yosemite Valley to gaze at impressive waterfalls, high cliffs, unusual rock formations, sunny meadows, groves of pine and oak and sparkling rivers and lakes. Experience the thunderous sound of Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall, hike to the majesty of Half Dome and Mirror Lake, or climb El Capitan – the largest monolith of granite in the world.

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Yosemite NP is open 365 days a year.

Price -

Entrance to the Park is $20 per vehicle.

Events

  • Earth Day
  • SpringFest at Badger Pass
  • Yosemite New Year's Eve Celebration at
  • Vintners' Holidays at Ahwahnee

Activities

  • Hiking & Biking
  • Shuttle Bus Tours
  • Nature Viewing
  • Rock Climbing

Hiking Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley offers incredible hiking trails to waterfalls, rock formations, meadows, lakes, and natural landmarks, including Vernal Fall, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and El Capitan. Popular hiking trails are Cook's Meadow Loop, Mirror Lake Trail, Panorama Trail, Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail. Hike through meadows and forests, and along the Merced River on the Valley Floor Loop with views of Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, Three Brothers, Bridalveil Fall, and Yosemite Falls. The challenging Four Mile Trail starts near Sentinel Rock and climbs to the top of Valley at Glacier Point.

Yosemite Village Dining

Yosemite Village offers many casual restaurants and dining spots, including Degnan's Café and Degnan's Loft, where you can recharge after a long hike. At Yosemite's Village Grill, you can enjoy grilled chicken sandwiches, salmon burgers and cheeseburgers. Try the fries and creamy milkshakes.

FAQs

  • What are some historic sites and points of interest?

    Discover the history, nature and culture of Yosemite Valley. Learn how the spectacular landscape was formed at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and see exhibits at the Yosemite Museum that display the cultural history of the native Miwok and Paiute people. The Nature Center at Happy Isles features natural history and wildlife exhibits, walking trails that highlight the valley’s four environments and evidence of the 1996 rockfall from Glacier Point. Check out the Ansel Adams Gallery with works of the master and contemporary photographers.
  • How do you get around the Valley?

    The most exciting way to explore Yosemite Valley is by bike or foot. Yosemite Valley has 12 miles of paved bike trails, including the loop to Happy Isles and road to Mirror Lake, where you can gaze at the high cliffs and waterfalls. Bicycle rentals are at the Curry Village Recreation Center and Yosemite Lodge Bike Stand. You can also drive your vehicle all year or hop on the free shuttle buses that take you around the Valley floor, Tuolumne Meadows, Glacier Point and El Capitan. You can pick up maps at the Valley Wilderness Center.

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