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17 THINGS TO DO IN YOSEMITE

Stargazing

June–August • nature

Experience the magnificence of the night sky over Yosemite

Giant Sequoias

May–October • nature

Feel the scale of the largest living trees on the planet

Glaciers

All year • nature

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

Glacier Point Overlook

late May–October • nature

Check out the grandest view in all the West

Moonbows

April–June • nature

Waterfall droplets and the full moon create gorgeous lunar rainbow displays

Cycling in Yosemite Valley

March–November • activity

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

Roaring Spring Waterfalls

May–June • nature

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

Yosemite Falls

May–June • nature

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

Rock Climbing

April–October • activity

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

Wildflowers

March–August • nature

Yosemite is a paradise for wildflower enthusiasts

Snow Plant

April–July • nature

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

Birdwatching

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

Rafting along the Merced River

late May–July • activity

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

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

Kayaking and Canoeing the Merced River

May–September • activity

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

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

5 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

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

The Frazil Ice Phenomenon in Yosemite Falls

April • nature

Watch the ice lava flowing down the park streams

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

Snowshoeing

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

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