Hiking in Yosemite Valley

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Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that Yosemite Valley will reopen to visitors on Tuesday, August 14th, at 9:00 a.m. Yosemite Valley has been closed to visitors since Wednesday, July 25th, due to impacts from the Ferguson Fire. Visitors can access Yosemite Valley from the El Portal Road (Highway 140), the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120), or the Tioga Road (Highway 120). The Wawona Road (Highway 41) will remain closed for at least another week due to ongoing fire activity and firefighter operations. Park visitors should be aware that there is still active fire and smoke on the roads and people should drive with extreme caution. Delays on the roads are possible due to fire activity and ongoing firefighter operations. There will be limited hours and limited visitor services at park facilities as the park returns to normal operations.

Yosemite Valley is open, but only accessible by entering Yosemite via Highways 140 or 120. Glacier Point Road and Merced Grove remain closed. Other areas of the park, including Wawona/Mariposa Grove, Hetch Hetchy, and Tuolumne Meadows are open.

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The purpose of this website is to guide and inform you on what Yosemite National Park has to offer! Many visitors don't know exactly what to expect from one of America's Crown Jewels, Yosemite. I hope this website is helpful to you in the planning of your visit. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or suggestions. I also welcome your photos of your trip and any fun experience you would like to share for the website.

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Yosemite is located in the Central Sierra Nevada Range in California. It is 1,200 square miles, contains thousands of lakes and ponds, granite domes and cliffs, and offers over 800 miles of hiking trails and 350 miles of roads. Elevations vary from 2,000 to over 13,000 feet. El Capitan is the largest and highest monolith in the world and climbers from all over the world come here to enjoy its challenges.

Yosemite Valley is at an elevation of 4,000 feet and is approximately over 7 square miles, and it is the most popular destination for most visitors in the park. The Valley receives over 4 million visitors yearly, mostly between April and October. Traffic can be at its peak during the summer months, which is why the free Valley shuttle is recommended.

Yosemite offers many things to do for all ages: camping, hiking, backpacking, tours, ranger and insterpretive programs, art and photography, biking, birdwatching, fishing, horsebackriding, rock climbing, water activities, volunteering and winter sports! You can enjoy Yosemite all year round.