Best time to visit Yosemite

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June–August • nature

Experience the magnificence of the night sky over Yosemite

Giant Sequoias of Yosemite National Park

May–October • nature

Feel the scale of the largest living trees on the planet


all year round • nature

Yosemite Glaciers, symbols of the changing world, may disappear completely within just a few decades


April–June • nature

Waterfall droplets and the full moon create gorgeous lunar rainbow displays

Yosemite Falls

May–June • nature

The tallest waterfall in the park, Yosemite Falls is one of its iconic landmarks

Glacier Point Overlook

late May–October • nature

Check out the grandest view in all the West

Roaring Spring Waterfalls

May–June • nature

Visit iconic falls when they show their full power, fed by melting snow and ice

Cycling in Yosemite Valley

March–November • activity

The absolutely best way to get around Yosemite Valley is by bike

Rock Climbing

April–October • activity

The unique granite rock formations of Yosemite are wonderland for adventurous souls to climb


March–August • nature

Yosemite is a paradise for wildflower enthusiasts

Mist Trail

late May–mid-October • nature

One of the most spectacular, adventurous, and popular hiking trails in Yosemite draws crowds of visitors every day during the high season

Rafting Along the Merced River

late May–July • activity

The stunning landscape of Yosemite makes the perfect setting for the joys of river rafting


March–October • nature

Let nature refresh your soul with the delighful birdsongs of Yosemite

Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies

May–September • nature

This eye-catching pale pink flower is important to the survival of Monarch butterflies

Snow Plant

April–July • nature

Is this a flower, a mushroom, or maybe a guest from another planet?

Dogwoods in Bloom

April–June • nature

When in blossom, Yosemite's Mountain Dogwood trees seem to be covered with large snow flakes, adding an amazing bright splash of white to the forests

Hetch Hetchy Valley

March–November • nature

One of the least visited parts of the Yosemite Valley has a range of scenic hiking trails and an enormous dam

Kayaking and Canoeing the Merced River

May–September • activity

Paddling in Yosemite can be easily characterized with just one word—spectacular!

Scenic Road Trips

all year round • activity

Driving along a large number of picturesque roads with stops near the highlights and most unique spots can be a perfect vacation plan


Horsetail Fall or Firefall

mid-February • nature

For just a few days each year, this waterfall is illuminated by the sun and becomes one of Yosemite’s most amazing spectacles

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep

December–February • nature

A true symbol of wilderness, these endangered animals once disappeared from the park completely, but have been recently reintroduced

The Frazil Ice Phenomenon in Yosemite Falls

April • nature

Watch the ice lava flowing down the park streams

Cross-Country Skiing

mid-December–mid-March • activity

One of the best ways to experience Yosemite’s winter beauty and enjoy miles of outstanding views


mid-December–March • activity

In winter, Yosemite is a wonderland. One of the easiest ways to explore its wilderness is to step into a pair of snowshoes