We are planning an early May trip to Yosemite and prefer to stay in a small home/condo/duplex in either Yosemite West or Foresta instead of a hotel in the Valley or southern section of the park. We realize that Foresta would be closer but the place I like best is in Yosemite West. Any comments or suggestions about either area being a better spot than the other? This will be our first visit to YNP & will likely stay about 8 nights. Thanks in advance for your comments.
I've tried before and after NPS shut down to contact Yosemite via the website - contact us portion - every time my email bounces back
What I need to do is to book the Glacier Point tour for next June - I have a 24 hour window - hence the urgency - has anyone got an email address that doesn't bounce back, or a direct line to phone them next week- all suggestions much appreciated
Are there stargazing tours in November?
hoe is the fire in 8/2013 will affect my trip in 4/2014
how is the fire in 8/13 affect my trip for april 2014 to the park
Hi all, if we are going to yosemite now, are there still parts not affected by the fire in yosemite which we can enjoy the view? where is it?
When I leave Yosemite, I want to drive North on Big Oak Flat Road to the intersection with 120 and go east to Mono Lake and intersect with 395. I am having NO luck with Google Maps letting me plot that route by car. Is it not open to cars or....?
What kind of clothes should I pack in early November?
Currently, Hwy 120 over the Sierra Mtns is closed near YNP due to a large forest fire. There is no ETA for it to reopen. If you need to get from one side to the other there are couple of different ways around the fire that are not that far out of the way. From the more northern side at Sacramento take either Hwy 50 or Hwy 80 over to Hwy 395. You can also go more southern to Bakersfield and take Hwy 58 over (better if going to Las Vegas). On the east side of the Sierras you can do the same by going north or south on Hwy 395. My favorite route is to use Hwy 88/89 off Hwy 49 (at Jackson) to go over to South Lake Tahoe.
We are family of 4 adults (children are 23 and 25) and planning to have a 4 days trip on 20/Sep after leaving San Francisco, and before arriving Las Vegas.
Could someone help me to plan these 4 days? I have already booked the first night at Lake Tahoe. Our flight to Vegas is from Fresno.
Thank you for any help/ideas.
Hi Everyone! We are an Aussie couple travelling around the world for our honeymoon in 2014 and are planning a stay in / near Yosemite (it's on both our bucket lists) in mid-October. We've not been before, so were wondering how long we should stay for? Would five nights be too long? We have found a place to stay that we like just to the east of Summerdale Campground - is this a good spot to view the park? The week before we are in BC to see the bears / salmon run, so we plan on flying into CA to pick up a car and drive to the park - would we be best to fly in Sacramento do you think? Any other tips would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!
We are British tourists travelling from Santa Monica to Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite (2 adults, 3 children). Can you perhaps recommend somewhere that our family could stop or visit for a couple of hours roughly half way between Santa Monica and Yosemite? Thank you. Martin
I am planning to travel on route 395-S and CA-120 to reach Yosemite from South Lake Tahoe. Would like to know whether the road will be open in June last week and how is the drive itself?
This is kind of first time, I am driving in hills and your replies are appreciated
How long is the drive from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite NP. Recommended places to stay at either or both ends of the drive?
I will be travelling to Yosemite NP for the first time in June. Is there any benefit to having a 4WD? or should i just hire a sedan?
I have a few questions on this :
I am travelling from SFO to Yosemite (Grovelands) on a Saturday. of July 2013.
Can you guys please advise on the time taken for a regular trip?
Is it possible without a GPS navigator?
Me and family are going to Yosemite for 2 nights.
We are driving from SFO... and will drive down to LA fromhere.
I have presenly got 2 places booked and need to decide which one to keep:
They are at :
1. June Lake
Based on the main viewing points:I need to work out which one would be a better place.
I understand Sonorra is a shorter route from SFO and into LA, but how far is it from Yosemite Park gates.
WIll it be closer to the main
Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias
Glacier Point Rd
I need to transport six hikers from the Ahwahnee to start a hike at Tuolumne Meadows and a week later to return. The bus takes a long time, stopping for sightseeing, etc. Is there a more direct way? Is there a taxi service? I don't mind paying a reasonable cost.
Hey, I am goign with my girlfriend to visti fresno and we want to expend 2 nights in yosemite park, we need advices about evrything, which camping zone you recommend us, where can i make reservations, what part of the park would be the best to visit since we are only going for like 3 days, We are from Colombia and i hope everyone could help us
We are going end July,will be approaching Yosemite from the east, following previous advice (coming from Death Valley)will be staying around the mono lake area and starting early for trip in and enjoying the Tioga Road, we can still get in at Yosemite View Lodge (expensive) but this means we can be up early for full day in the park. Combined with our trip in on the Tioga road will we get a flavour of Yosemite or are we rushing it? You may have read my previous question, we are doing a loop Vegas/Death Valley/Yosemite/HWay1 (in 10 days)...very ambitious! I know this is not a general forum but are we crazy?
Hi We are visiting in late July and after Death Valley we want to visit Yosemite. I am thinking of taking the 395 then off on the 120 into Yosemite is this the way to go...thing is we are from England and we dont see many deserts here! so just need some advice on if this is the right thing to do. We are planning on two possibly three days in the park but will post question later on that, main thing is will my wife still be talking to me after dragging here through the desert then off over the mountains! Hoping to stay furnace creek roughly how long for the trip baring in mind I will want lots of photos..oh and are there gas tations or food areas on the way? Im sure its fine its just the map looks remote.
Thanks for taking time to read.
We are a family of 4, 2 kids 5yr and 3yr old looking to visiting California this December.
We are doing the road trip up from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and figured since we are in San Francisco, it would be good to also visit the Yosemite Park and hopefully enjoy a bit of snow as well.
As we will be in a rented car and understand that chain must be used, we figured it would be easiest to stay outside the park.
I was looking at the town of Mariposa, then taking the shuttle bus into the valley( one day) and another day maybe going up to badger Pass for snow tubing.
I would like to know if there are any area for accommodation outside the park to look at, considering we won't have any chain?
What about the drive from S.F. to Mariposa, will that route be Ok? Also would go from Mariposa direcctly to Los Angeles for our return flight. How is the road for that road?
And finally, is it worth it staying in Mariposa and taking the shuttle bus to the park worth it? We are really hoping to experience the snow, and if we could predict snow then I think we would be extremely pleased.
We have a house reserved in Yosemite for Oct.2012. I am traveling with another family also.
I have a 4 yr old, 2 yr old, and a 5 month old who will be traveling with us.
I'm really concerned about the Hantavirus that is getting a lot of recent exposure.
My kids are at that age where they can't keep their hands off anything and their curiosity
beyond anything. Should I be concerned about taking them?
Hi - my family (2 adults, 3 kids) are planning on visitng Yosemite from Dec. 24-26, 2012. Hoping to play in the snow and ski/tube at Badger Pass. A couple of questions:
1) Is there a high likelihood of having snow there at the end of December?
2) Is Badger Pass operational on Christmas day?
Hi, Family of 4 visiting Yosemite this summer. Question on the difference between parking and taking the yosemite tours such as Glacier Point or Valley Tour or Grand Tour that cost anywhere from40=$80 OR can you see as much just taking the free shuttle around from stop to stop. Does the free shuttle get you to Glacier Point? Also where is the Ansel Adams Gallery? Is it better to stay near Mariposa or Groveland as far as distance into the park? Thanks for your help!
my family with children, all early 20's, will be in the SF area in mid august, and Yosemite is a definite place to see. what i'm thinking of doing, and would like some help with, is staying outside of the park, and driving in for probably 3 days. so any help with places to stay would be helpful also. entering the park, i'm trying to do some research and have decided that i would like to come in through the Wawona Tunnel into the Valley area and go from there. Places i have written down to see include Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, and Mirror Lake. Please feel free to include anything else. Kinda sad that its gonna be mid august when we're there, would love to see the waterfalls, but i know its gonna be a wonderful time to be had anyway. so i was wondering if i was right about entering through Wawona Tunnel?
Our first Yosemite visit was last June and the waterfalls were spectacular!!! With the snowpack this year how should they be the last week of June? We plan to visit the valley, glacier point and Meriposa grove.Staying at Wawona.
VTrs- thanks for the help
We are a family of four with two children and would like to do a day trip to Yosemite from San Francisco.We would like to do the day-trip in mid June. Unfortunately we have only 1 full day and would be unable to stay overnight in Yosemite. Perhaps one idea to spend more time at the resort would be to take a private tour ; rather than a standard coach tour. So say we get picked up from San Francisco at 6am-7am and would be dropped back at 9pm...what would you suggest could be seen within Yosemite in that timeframe? SOme of these coach companies suggest covering Half Dome,El Capitan,Yosemite Falls,Bridalveil Fall,Mariposa Grove ,Glacier Point etc. Do you think we could skip Mariposa Grove since we would be doing the Giant Redwoods in Muir Wodds, guess its not needed to repeat the same in Yosemite? Do let us know a suggested itinerary with some of the above places and which would give us a chance to walk around or hike a bit also;plus stop for lunch at Ahwanee etc.
Suggestions of good tour companies who offer such private tours also most welcome.
Me (15 years old) and my sister(17 years old) and two parents (just over 40) are going to yosemite national park in july this year we are able to do almost anything apart from extreme things but we would like to know what are the must do's to do in this park we have preferably 2 days here more if there is a lot more to do but if you could help it would be much appreciated
My family is traveling to Yosemite in June of 2012? From what I have read the snowpack is lighter this year in yosemite. What can we expect from waterfalls in late June? Has yosemite falls been known to be fairly dry in late June? Thanks.