Yosemite National Park
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 Yosemite National Park is accepting visitors by advance reservation only. Reservations can be made online at recreation.gov. If you are utilizing Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) your reservation is included with your transportation.
Located just 45 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park is one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. From soaring peaks and towering waterfalls to tranquil lakes and ancient forests, Yosemite offers a variety of breathtaking natural beauty for an unforgettable adventure.
Things to Do in Yosemite National Park
Enjoy hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails. Walk to the edge of a 3,000 foot-high precipice, or experience the great depth of the chasm from the Valley Rim. On high country trails, encounter another Yosemite of mountain peaks, wildflower gardens and permanent snowfields. A visit to Yosemite is not complete without greeting the true giants of the tree world—the Sequoias. And if you’re looking to snap some stunning photographs, Yosemite’s natural landmarks are legendary—Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Sentinel Dome.
Yosemite has far more to offer than just its beauty. Experience fishing for wild trout in summer or fall, with many extraordinary angling opportunities for four species of wild trout. Or enjoy Yosemite Valley’s excellent bike path system (bikes are available to rent if you don’t bring your own). The park is also a birder’s paradise, the rich variety of birds is a reflection of the park’s amazing ecological diversity.
Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite
Yosemite is easy to access from Mammoth Lakes, and together they make a great pairing on any outdoor enthusiast’s itinerary. To get there from Mammoth Lakes during summer and fall, take the Tioga Pass State Highway 120 to the eastern gate into Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite Area Regional Transit (YARTS) offers transportation for visitors who would prefer to travel by bus from outlying communities into Yosemite Valley rather than drive themselves. For a reasonable fare, you can purchase round-trip tickets for the scenic ride into the park and leave your vehicle parked at your hotel. The bus typically runs from June through September when Tioga Pass (Hwy. 120) is open. Weekend service is available in June and September with daily trips to and from Yosemite in July and August.