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Yosemite National Park Travel Guide

Yosemite National Park Sports & Activities

Uncover sports & activities in Yosemite National Park with our insider's guide.

Bicycling

One enjoyable way to see Yosemite Valley is to ride a bike beneath its lofty granite monoliths. The eastern valley has 12 miles of paved, flat...

Bird-Watching

More than 250 bird species have been spotted in the park, including the sage sparrow, pygmy owl, blue grouse, and mountain bluebird. Park rangers...

Fishing

The waters in Yosemite are not stocked; trout, mostly brown and rainbow, live here but are not plentiful. Yosemite's fishing season begins on...

Hiking

Wilderness Center. This facility provides free wilderness permits, which are required for overnight camping (advance reservations are available...

Horseback Riding

Reservations for guided trail rides must be made in advance at the hotel tour desks or by phone. Scenic trail rides range from two hours to...

Rafting

Rafting is permitted only on designated areas of the Middle and South Forks of the Merced River. Check with the Valley Visitor Center for closures...

Rock Climbing

The granite canyon walls of Yosemite Valley are world-renowned for rock climbing. El Capitan, with its 3,593-foot vertical face, is the most...

Winter Sports

The beauty of Yosemite under a blanket of snow has long inspired poets and artists, as well as ordinary folks. Skiing and snowshoeing activities...

Swimming

The pools at Curry Village ( 209/372–8324 www.yosemitepark.com ) and Yosemite Lodge ( 209/372–1250 www.yosemitepark.com ) are open to...

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