Must Do Floor Tours
Yosemite Valley Floor Tour The Yosemite Valley Floor Tour is available year round and is approximately two hours in duration. During the warm months enjoy an open air tram and during the colder months you’ll be in a heated motor coach with panoramic windows. Tours are led by Park rangers and Yosemite naturalists and will share their knowledge about this remarkable place, with tours that focus on natural history, indigenous peoples, the first non-indigenous settlers and wildlife. Limited evening tours available during summer months.
Glacier Point Floor Tour Virtually every visitor who comes to Yosemite National Park spends at least some time at Glacier Point, drawn to the breathtaking views. On this four-hour guided bus tour, you will go from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point—a 3,200-foot elevation gain. Be sure to bring your camera to capture awe-inspiring photos of Yosemite’s famous waterfalls and the distant High Sierra mountains.
See Yosemite from a higher perspective.. on horseback
Beyond hiking, the best way to explore the trails at Yosemite National Park is on a mule ride or horseback riding adventure.
The Yosemite Valley is completely encircled by bridle paths, and these trails bring you into contact with the natural world in a way you can’t otherwise experience. There are riding adventures for everyone. Children can ride ponies with guided leads. Experienced teens and adults can arrange for multi-hour rides into various areas of the park, and even take multi-day camp trips into the further reaches of the Sierras!
Spinning wheels around Yosemite
Haven’t been on a bike in years? Don’t let that stop you from exploring Yosemite National Park on a bicycle. While some park roads are too steep and narrow for cycling, the Yosemite Valley is perfect for an amazing day of sightseeing on two wheels. Soak up all the sights instead of just whizzing by them in your car. Avoid the headaches of traffic and the never ending search for a parking spot – especially during the summer months.
In Yosemite Valley, bike rentals are available during the warmer months of the year. There are small bikes and trailers for children, and tandem and hand crank bikes for the visually or physically impaired. The 12-mile loop usually takes an average of 2 hours to complete. Convenient bicycle parking rack are found at many points of interest around the Yosemite Valley, including museums, nature centers, shops, restaurants, lodges, and trailheads.
Off-trail riding, mountain biking, and use of motorized bicycles or scooters on bike paths are not permitted in Yosemite National Park.
A hiking we will go...
What is so fabulous about Yosemite? There are dozens of incomparable meadows, more than a hundred lakes, plus waterfalls as tall as a 200-story building, trees the size of rocket ships, mountains the size of - well, mountains - and even a few beaches.
Here is a sneak peek of three popular hiking adventures.
Plunging 620 feet, Bridalveil Falls Trail is often the first waterfall you will see when entering Yosemite Valley. This trail is considered to be one of the easiest hiking trails as elevation is 80 feet and usually takes 20 minutes to explore as it is 0.5 miles.
Enjoy some solitude in western Yosemite Valley on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. This mostly level trail follows many of the Valley’s first east-west trails and wagon roads. Hike through meadows, forests, and beside the Merced River. Along the way, enjoy striking views of Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, Three Brothers, Yosemite Falls, and more. The Trail is 11.5 miles and takes 5-7 hours to hike the full loop and is 7.2 miles and takes 2.5 – 3.5 hours to do half loop.
Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Valley Loop Trails are open year round.
Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers. The 14- to 16-mile round-trip Half Dome Day hike to Half Dome can take 10 to 12 hours and is considered strenuous and difficult. Much of the hike to Half Dome is an adventure into wilderness and along the way, you will see outstanding views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, Half Dome, and--from the shoulder and summit--panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra.
Half Dome Day hike is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day and tickets are available via lottery in March.