Yosemite National Park Sights

Yosemite's waterfalls are at their most spectacular in May and June. When the snow starts to melt (usually peaking in May), streaming snowmelt spills down to meet the Merced River. By summer's end, some falls, including the mighty Yosemite Falls, trickle or dry up. Their flow increases in late fall, and in winter they may be hung dramatically with ice. Even in drier months, the waterfalls can be

breathtaking. If you choose to hike any of the trails to or up the falls, be sure to wear shoes with no-slip soles; the rocks can be extremely slick. Stay on trails at all times.

Visit the park during a full moon and you can stroll without a flashlight and still make out the ribbons of falling water, as well as silhouettes of the giant granite monoliths.

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Ansel Adams Photo Walks

  • Tour–Sight

Photography enthusiasts shouldn't miss these 90-minute guided camera walks offered four mornings (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday)...

Art Classes

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Professional artists conduct workshops in watercolor, etching, drawing, and other mediums. Bring your own materials or purchase the basics...

Bodie Ghost Town

  • Ghost Town

The mining village of Rattlesnake Gulch, abandoned mine shafts, and the remains of a small Chinatown are among the sights at this fascinating...

Bridalveil Fall

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

This 620-foot waterfall is often diverted dozens of feet one way or the other by the breeze. It is the first marvelous site you will...

California State Mining and Mineral Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

A California State Park since 1999, the museum has displays on gold-rush history including a replica hard-rock mine shaft to walk through,...

Devils Postpile National Monument

  • Geological Site

Volcanic and glacial forces sculpted this formation of smooth, vertical basalt columns. For a bird's-eye view, take the short, steep...

El Capitan

  • Geological Site

Rising 3,593 feet—more than 350 stories—above the valley, El Capitan is the largest exposed-granite monolith in the world. Since...

Glacier Point

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

If you lack the time, desire, or stamina to hike more than 3,200 feet up to Glacier Point from the Yosemite Valley floor, you can drive...

Glacier Point Tour

  • Tour–Sight

This four-hour trip takes you from Yosemite Valley to the Glacier Point vista, 3,214 feet above the valley floor. Some people buy a $25...

Half Dome

  • Geological Site

Visitors' eyes are continually drawn to this remarkable granite formation that tops out at more than 4,700 feet above the valley floor.