Yosemite National Park - Imagine the spell binding awe you’ll feel - deep in the
pit of your stomach - when you first set
eyes on this astounding splendor

Did you know that Yosemite National Park is almost the same size as the state of Rhode Island?

It’s true!

Yosemite has an area of 1189 square miles compared to Rhode Island’s area of 1545 square miles.
 
Imagine standing spellbound with a jaw-dropping awe as you gaze - for the first time - at the view of the valley floor from Inspiration Point... overwhelmed by the sudden presence of such stupendous grandeur.

Times may have changed... but the scenery in Yosemite remains the same. Its captivating power leaves you weak in the knees and tears in your eyes.

The grandeur of it all... like up around Tioga Pass leaves you breathless.

Tioga Pass in Yosemite Nat'l Park

Imagine exploring Yosemite during spring, summer, fall or winter.
 
It’s truly a GIFT for ALL seasons... time and time again.

But most people don’t come to hike. They’d rather stare at the wonderful scenery right from their car - or tour bus - windows.

But... other than gazing in admiration at all the wildlife and beautiful surroundings in the park,what else is there to do?

Well... for starters... wintertime offers...

Winter Activities like...

  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Backcountry Ski Tours
  • Snow Tubing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Ski School

When the weather warms up... picture yourself enjoying some...

Warm weather sports like...

  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Rock Climbing

Or...

Hiking and camping. Like...

  • Group Hikes
  • Custom Day Hikes
  • Overnight Backpacking Trips
  • Learn to Backpack Trips
  • Cross Country Ski Lessons
  • Backcountry Ski Trips

Let’s look deeper into Yosemite National Park hiking...

Take Bridalveil Fall, for example - about 0.5 mile round-trip starting from the Bridalveil Fall parking area.
 
It’s an easy paved trail that leads to the bottom of Bridalveil Fall. The trailhead to this fall is on the Southside Drive.
 
So... it's best to visit it on your way to the valley.
 
Now what do we mean by an easy hike? Well... here’s a park ranger sharing his views on an easy hiking experience...

Did you know there are over 800 miles of trails to hike in Yosemite National Park?

Yes there are!

Everything from the easy strolling, to the grueling hikes up several park mountains, to multiple-day backpack trips.

Divided into the following sections, the park offers the day-user incredible hiking  experiences like...

  • Yosemite Valley 
  • Wawona
  • Mariposa Grove
  • Glacier Point
  • Tuolumne Meadows
  • Hetch Hetchy
  • Crane Flat
  • White Wolf

Check with the Park Service before heading out on your walking experience. They offer FREE information describing the park trails in Yosemite.
 
Such as... Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point - a 9.6 mile - round-trip - starting from the Four Mile Trailhead just west of Swinging Bridge picnic area.
 
This strenuous trail follows switchbacks up to Glacier Point. The trail offers spectacular views up and down Yosemite Valley.
 
If you’re interested in a long day hike, you can return to Yosemite Valley via the Panorama Trail.
 
Watch this park ranger’s view of a more strenuous hiking experience...

The park rangers encourage you to experience other portions of the park in addition to Yosemite Valley.

Like between late spring and early fall... when much of the park is open to multiple-day backpack trips.
 
Just remember... all overnight trips into the backcountry require a wilderness permit and most require approved bear-resistant food storage.

And that’s not all... Yosemite National Park is a great place to explore by...

  • Biking
  • Mule & Horseback Rides
  • Nature & History Tours

Take guided bus tours...

  • Valley Floor Tour
  • Grand Tour
  • Tuolumne Meadows Tour
  • Glacier Point Tour
  • Big Trees Tram Tour
  • Moonlight Tour
  • Stargazing Tour

Enjoy evening events like...

  • Fireside Storytelling
  • Full Moon Bike Ride
  • Full Moon Snowshoe Walks 
  • Stargazing Tour
  • Halloween Cemetery Tour
  • Moonlight Tour
  • Night Prowl
  • Starry Skies

Like we said earlier... Yosemite National Park is truly a gift for ALL seasons... time and time again

It’s no wonder this amazing paradise can’t be totally explored in a day or two. There’s just WAY TOO MUCH to see and do here.

But that’s okay, YES? It just beckons you to come back and to come often - doesn’t it?

So what are you waiting for? Let's go!


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