KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Yosemite is a very popular park that each year will seeover 4 million visitors. Be ready to enjoy this beautiful land with people from all over the world speaking every language you can imagine especially on the park's free shuttle buses. Watch your driving speed along the park roads, as bears and people often cross them at all hours.
Yosemite is huge but you'll want to arrive early to get through the fee gate quickly and avoid the crowds that will be plentiful by noonday. No reservations are required to visit Yosemite National Park, but if you plan to camp or spend the night in the park lodges, you will need to reserve in advance as well as to check for closures and lotteries for hikes. Consider going off-season for an equally incredible experience.
HOURS Yosemite National Park is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and no reservations are required to visit. However, the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station is open only during daylight hours (approximately) and some roads are closed due to snow from around November through May or June. (Check road conditions and Hetch Hetchy hours.)
Is there a best time to visit Yosemite? It depends what you're looking for, and each season has its advantages. Learn more about Yosemite in summer, fall, winter, or spring, and find out what kind of weather to expect.