Yosemite National Park

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One of the most iconic National Parks in the world, Yosemite, rests in California’s Sierra Nevada region, just north of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Over 4 million visitors come to explore this almost 1200 square miles of natural paradise every year.

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the State of California. John Muir, artists, writers and photographers helped spread the word about the giant trees, great granite peaks and the beautiful valley, which led to the creation of Yosemite National Park on October 1, 1890. This park was the inspiration for America’s greatest idea, our National Park System. The Ahwahneechee lived here for generations before the Europeans arrived in the mid-1800s. Their stories live within the towering granite cliffs of Half Dome and North Dome. Park highlights include the Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall, the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows, and the Yosemite Village that is home to Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery. Yosemite is a year-round destination with hiking, birding and wildlife watching, wildflower trails, rock climbing, fishing, biking, camping, scenic drives, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing, and much more.

Location & Local Communities: Located in California’s Sierra Nevada region, Yosemite is open all year, though some areas of the park are inaccessible by car from around November- May due to snow. You can drive your car into and around the park, though it is encouraged to use shuttle facilities in some areas. There are four main entrances into the park. Western entrances include El Portal off Hwy 140, which is approx. 24 miles from Incline, approx. 43 miles from Mariposa, and approx. 80 miles from Merced; and Big Oak Flat which is approx. 25 miles from Groveland, approx. 45 miles from Sonora, and approx. 83 miles from Modesto. The southern entrance is Wawona on Hwy 41 which is approx. 3 miles from Fish Camp, approx. 16 miles from Oakhurst, and approx. 62 miles from Fresno. The eastern entrance leads to Yosemite’s Tioga Pass from Hwy 120 off Hwy 395, approx. 12 miles from Lee Vining, approx. 38 miles from Bridgeport, approx. 40 miles from Mammoth Lakes, and approx. 75 miles to Bishop. Yosemite National Park is approx. 230 miles from Death Valley NP, approx. 140 miles from Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, approx. 180 to Pinnacles National Park, and more.

For more information call (209) 372-0200 or visit www.NPS.gov.yose.


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