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Yosemite Valley (Official map, with details of park valley)

 

Yosemite
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Getting to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is accessible by automobile all year, 24 hours per day. Reservations are not required to enter. However, reservations for accommodations are strongly recommended if you wish to spend the night in the park).

Airlines and trains can get you to central California, close to Yosemite, but you will have to arrive in the park by car or bus.

Automobile

Be sure to check road conditions prior to arriving in the park. The dates listed below for each road are approximate and can vary from year to year. You can also view a road map of the park (a new window will open).

If you're using an online map service, simply use Yosemite's ZIP code (95389) as your destination. Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles--we don't have a simple address.

You may drive in and around Yosemite Valley (though use of shuttle buses in Yosemite Valley is strongly encouraged).

Find out where to park by viewing this basic map of valley roads, day visitor parking, and shuttle bus information.

Finally, if you are planning on driving your own vehicle into the park anytime from October through April, it is a good idea--and often required--that you carry tire chains. Chains can be rented or purchased in the communities of Oakhurst (Highway 41), Mariposa (Highway 140), and Groveland (Highway 120) just outside the park.

There are five entrances to the park:
 

  • South Entrance can be approached along Highway 41 North from Fresno. The Wawona Road continues into Yosemite Valley
    (Open all year, although chains may be required anytime from October through April)
  • Arch Rock Entrance can be approached along Highway 140 West from Merced. The El Portal Road continues into Yosemite Valley.
    (Open all year, although chains may be required anytime from October through April)
  • Big Oak Flat Entrance can be approached along Highway 120 West from Modesto and Manteca. The Big Oak Flat Road continues into Yosemite Valley and to the Tioga Road.
    (Open all year, although chains may be required anytime from October through April)
  • Tioga Pass Entrance can be approached along Highway 120 East from Lee Vining and Highway 395. (Open late May/early June through October/November; overnight parking not permitted beginning October 15th.)
  • Hetch Hetchy Entrance along the Hetch Hetchy Road can be approached from the Evergreen Road immediately west of the Big Oak Flat Entrance and provides access to Hetch Hetchy Valley.
    (Open all year, although it may close for periods during and after storms and chains may be required anytime from October through April)
  • Glacier Point Road, while not providing entrance to the park, provides access to Glacier Point (late May/early June through October/November; overnight parking not permitted beginning October 15th) and to the Badger Pass ski area in winter (December through March).
  • Mariposa Grove Road, is a two-mile road from South Entrance to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This road is open usually from sometime in April through November, depending on conditions. When this road is closed, you can walk up the road to the Mariposa Grove.

Public Transportation

Commercial airports
Fresno-Yosemite International
About 2.5 hours south of Yosemite Valley, via Highway 41.

Merced Airport
About 2 hours west of Yosemite Valley, via Highway 14

Modesto City-County Airport
About 2 hours west of Yosemite Valley, via Highway 120.

Mammoth Lakes Airport
About 2.5 hours east of Yosemite Valley (when the Tioga Road is open), via Highway 120 East.

San Francisco International
About 5 hours west of Yosemite Valley, via Highway 120.

Oakland International
About 4 hours west of Yosemite Valley, viaHighway 120.

Sacramento International
About 4 hours northwest of Yosemite Valley, via Highway 120.

Reno/Tahoe International.
About 4 hours northwest of Yosemite Valley (when the Tioga Road is open), off of Highway 120 East.

Bus and Train service
Visitors can ride Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) or VIA Adventures buses from gateway communities outside the park into Yosemite Valley. YARTS buses also connect with Amtrak and Greyhound service in Merced.

Amtrak provides a combination of train and bus service to Yosemite Valley.

 

 

Information courtesy of National Park Service.

 

 


 

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