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Glacier Point Overlook in Yosemite

Check out the grandest view in all the West

Best time: late May–October

Glacier Point Overlook
Glacier Point Overlook
Glacier Point Overlook
Glacier Point Overlook
Glacier Point Overlook

One of the most spectacular lookouts in ​Yosemite is simply impossible to forget. Being one of the highest points in the park, it provides inspiring views of Yosemite’s most notable landmarks such as Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls.

Glacier Point is also one of the best places in Yosemite for watching the sunset, as the Half Dome is lit up in vivid yellow and orange colours. The view is truly breathtaking! ​

This viewpoint is situated at the end of Glacier Point Road, about an hour ride from the Yosemite Valley. Be sure to get here as early as possible during peak seasons—we recommend in the early morning as it is always very crowded. The Road is typically open between late May or early June to late October–early November, depending on the weather. It is closed in winter due to snow, typically from November to early summer.​

Practical info

What time of year is ideal for visiting Glacier Point?

Between late May and late October is the best time to visit Glacier Point. This is due to good weather and the road being open. Though summertime, especially from June to August, attracts crowds, coming early in the morning or later in the afternoon helps you avoid them. Show more

What distance separates Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point?

Glacier point is a one-hour drive from Yosemite Valley, approximately 32 miles via Glacier Point Road. The road is a scenic route that has several of its stops for taking photos. It is recommended that you drive safely and slowly because the road is narrow with sharp turns. Show more

What other attractions, besides Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, are visible from Glacier Point?

Yosemite features several landmarks that can be spotted from Glacier Point besides Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. The south side captures Vernal Falls, and Nevada Fall is observable from the west face. Clouds Rest, located opposite Glacier Point, is observed on clear days. The viewpoint also offers an exquisite view of the beautiful and grand Yosemite Valley. Show more

Does Glacier Point Road remain open during winter?

Glacier Point Road shuts down due to heavy snowfall from November till late May, so it's inaccessible during winter. Nonetheless, the schedule may vary depending on weather conditions. Winter offers multiple alternative activities such as cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, and both the trail up to Glacier Point and Taft Point are accessible from Glacier Point Road during this time. Show more

What are some other activities that can be conducted at Glacier Point, other than enjoying the beautiful view?

Besides relishing the fabulous scenery, there are several other activities to engage in at Glacier Point. A guided bus tour, providing insights into the area's history and geology, is available. Additionally, there are diverse hiking trails, ranging from novice to challenging, which offer breathtaking and unforgettable experiences. During the day, one can have a picnic or relish the fresh air. Stargazing is available during the night, while winter activities, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, are also available in the winter months. Show more

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