Overview Yosemite National Park

Visiting Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is massive and massively impressive, covering over 700,000 acres and reaching across the scenic Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Almost four million people venture to Yosemite each year, flocking to the scenic Yosemite Valley with its granite cliffs, clear clean streams, waterfalls, Giant Sequoia groves and amazing biological diversity. Hiking is the name of the game in the park, which boasts amazing trails to sites like Upper Yosemite Falls, the Mist Trail and the Glacier Point Trail. The park’s Tioga Pass makes for thrilling high-altitude road-tripping, while the Giant Sequoias of ... Read More Yosemite is massive and massively impressive, covering over 700,000 acres and reaching across the scenic Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Almost four million people venture to Yosemite each year, flocking to the scenic Yosemite Valley with its granite cliffs, clear clean streams, waterfalls, Giant Sequoia groves and amazing biological diversity. Hiking is the name of the game in the park, which boasts amazing trails to sites like Upper Yosemite Falls, the Mist Trail and the Glacier Point Trail. The park’s Tioga Pass makes for thrilling high-altitude road-tripping, while the Giant Sequoias of Mariposa Grove seem to defy reality and time with their size and age.

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Stories and Tips Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite NP - Mariposa Grove

Written by MilwVon on 22 Aug, 2007

One of the most frequent visited areas of Yosemite National Park is the Mariposa Grove which features around 500 mature sequoias . . . one of the primary reasons for our trip to Yosemite! Located in the far southwestern corner of the park, expect the…Read More


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Yosemite National Park

Written by MilwVon on 22 Aug, 2007

Having been to Yosemite National Park once before, from the Nevada side of the Sierra, I have long wanted to be able to spend a bit more time seeing the remarkable landscape and beauty offered by this gem of the US National Park system. A…Read More


Harrowing Hike Up Halfdome

Written by jmineo on 27 Feb, 2001

We were up the next morning by 8 am for our momentous hike up Halfdome. After a hearty breakfast of ham and eggs we locked our camping gear in the trunk and drove to the base as close as we could get. From the…Read More


The Camping Experience

Written by jmineo on 27 Feb, 2001

Our camping experience included everything from making a camp fire, making a perfect charcoal fire in the grill, preparing a dinner meal, no let me correct that, it wasn't a meal, a feast would be a better description. It turned out to be six courses…Read More


Self-Actualization at Yosemite - In a Few Words

Written by jmineo on 27 Feb, 2001

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes words are worth many pictures. For those of you never having experienced the grandeur of Yosemite, close your eyes and imagine the sunshine. It is strong for the day after our first wakeup.…Read More


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A Winter Escape to Yosemite

Written by Josh S on 05 Jan, 2005

Rather than join the weekly winter parade up I-80 from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, and knowing the weather was likely to be unseasonably warm, making for less than stellar skiing conditions, my girlfriend and I headed to Yosemite to experience the joys of the…Read More


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When To Visit

Written by Ischyros on 22 Nov, 2004

Yosemite has so many different moods. When you visit will usually be determined by what you want to see. So many people venture to Yosemite in August or September and are disappointed to not see the spectacular waterfalls. Whenever you go, you will have to…Read More


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Bass Lake, California

Written by marcmuff on 07 Sep, 2003

This is a beautiful mountain lake community (3,500 ft. elev.) located on Bass Lake, which is near Oakhurst, California. (Oakhurst is about 40 miles east of Fresno on Highway 41.) Camping is popular in four area campgrounds (total of 239 camping units) in the Sierra…Read More


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Winter Camping and Activities

Written by gonewriting on 23 Feb, 2001

The major routes to Yosemite remain open throughout Winter and Yosemite Valley roads are always plowed. You can take Highway 41 North out of Fresno for 45 miles, Highway 140 East out of Merced for 27 miles, or Highway 120 East out of Manteca for…Read More


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Wildlife in Yosemite

Written by Adventures With Adam on 15 Jul, 2004

As developed as Yosemite Valley may seem with its hotels, stores, restaurants, and museums, you are in the wild here and are likely to see wildlife. Bear warnings abound, especially in the campgrounds, where bears are known to frequent the dumpsters. I heard…Read More


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