Skip to Content

Visiting Yosemite National Park

Planning a trip to Yosemite National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Yosemite National Park, California.

Table of Contents

The Quick Guide to Visiting Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Basics

Region: Pacific-West / West Coast / Pacific

Park Size: 748,436 acres (1,169.43 sq miles) (3,028.81 sq km)

Location: Tuolumne, Mariposa, Mono, and Madera counties

Closest Cities: Mariposa, California

Busy Season: May to October

Visitation: 4,422,861 (in 2019)

How much does Yosemite National Park Cost?

Yosemite National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $35
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $30
  • 7-day Individual Pass – $20

An annual Yosemite National Park Pass costs $70 but it is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $10 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Yosemite National Park Open?

Yosemite National Park is open year-round, but some roads will close for winter.

Are dogs allowed in Yosemite National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Yosemite National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and some campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on the trails in the park. Please review the Yosemite Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Yosemite.

Where are Yosemite National Park’s visitor centers?

Yosemite Valley Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Yosemite Museum – Open Year Around

Happy Isles Art and Nature Center – Open April to October

Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center – Open May to September

Ansel Adams Gallery – Open Year Around

Pioneer Yosemite History Center – Open Year Around

Land Acknowledgments for Yosemite National Park

The National Park known as Yosemite National Park sits on Northern Paiute, Western Mono/Monache, Me-Wuk (Southern Sierra Miwok), and Me-Wuk (Central Sierra Miwok) land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

National Park Obsessed’s Detailed Guides to Yosemite National Park

General Information on Visiting Yosemite

Yosemite National Park Lodging

Itineraries for Yosemite National Park

Cities Near Yosemite National Park

Most Dog Friendly National Parks
Best National Parks for Fall

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.