First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.
Yosemite National Park is home to such famous know features as Half Dome, El Capitan, The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Hetch Hetchy, Cathedral Peaks, Tuolumne Medows and so many more. It has inspired families for generations and is visited for weeks on end as well as a casual day trips from the central valley of California and the Eastern Slope Communities of the Sierra.
From a recreational view, there are no limits to the amount of recreation one can find or experience in Yosemite’s National Park boundaries. From hiking the PCT, to floating the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, to climbing El Capitan or exploring the vast meadows in Toulumne with your camera lens, Yosemite National Park welcomes its visitors to play and explore like children of the great explorers in its past.
“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.”—John Muir
Yosemite National Park is a 195-mile escape from urban San Francisco or a 315-mile journey from Los Angeles. The expansive park’s 747,956 acres or 1,169 square miles, nearly 95 percent of which are designated Wilderness, are home to hundreds of wildlife species, and over a thousand plant species. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. Two Wild & Scenic Rivers, the Tuolumne and Merced rivers, begin in the park and flow west to the Central Valley. Visitors can explore 800 miles of hiking trails and 282 miles of scenic roadways.
Exploring Yosemite By Foot
Exploring Yosemite By Car
Exploring Yosemite by Bus
Exploring Yosemite by Climbing