If you’re considering a national park vacation this summer, add Yosemite to your list. Established in 1890, Yosemite National Park includes 747,956 acres of scenic land. The park receives more than 3.5 million visitors each year, so it’s wise to plan early if you’re interested in an overnight stay. Lodging in the park can sell out months in advance due to its popularity.
Yosemite National Park offers visitors an abundance of outdoor opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing, camping, mule rides, backpacking, biking, fishing, bird watching, and more. Even if you’re a novice in the outdoors, classes and guided experiences are available to make Yosemite’s outdoor opportunities accessible to all. For example, Yosemite is known for its world-class rock climbing opportunities. For those park visitors interested in a climbing adventure, climbing lessons and guided climbs are available through the park concessioner.
Guided mule rides are another popular activity in Yosemite National Park, and visitors can choose between two-hour and half-day rides. Mule rides are a unique way to experience Yosemite Park, and they offer visitors a way to see more of the park than what can be observed from an automobile. Riders must be at least 7 years of age, at least 44 inches tall, and weigh 225 pounds or less.
The park offers a variety of lodging options including the famous Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village, Wawona Hotel, and the Lodge at Yosemite Falls. Lodging inside Yosemite National Park is managed by the authorize concessioner, DNC Parks & Resorts. Just outside the south entrance of the park, visitors can stay at the luxurious Tenaya Lodge. Just outside the west side of Yosemite Park, visitors will find lodging at Yosemite View Lodge and Cedar Lodge in El Portal, California. Due to Yosemite’s popularity, lodging often sells out well in advance. The good news is that there’s still plenty of time left to plan your next national park adventure for this summer. If you start making your plans soon, you should be able to find adequate availability for both lodging and activities. Get out there, and experience your national parks this year!