Yosemite

Fast Facts About Yosemite

  • Yosemite National Park covers a total area of 747,956 acres
  • The number of people visiting Yosemite in 2016 was 5,028,868 *
  • Yosemite was made a national park on October 1, 1890
  • The lowest elevation found in Yosemite is 2,105 feet at the Merced River
  • The highest elevation found in Yosemite is 13,014 feet on Mount Lyell
  • The entrance fee for Yosemite is $30 per vehicle per week
  • Yosemite National Park lies in the Pacific time zone
  • We last visited Yosemite National Park in April 2017
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Yosemite Visitation Statistics

Random Facts About Yosemite

  • Yosemite National Park took a few steps to reach its present form. On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill creating the Yosemite Grant, given to the state of California to form Yosemite State Park. On October 1, 1890 Congress passed the bill creating Yosemite National Park, but California retained control of the valley and Mariposa Grove. Finally, in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the bill that took back the valley and Mariposa Grove and added it to the national park.
  • Yosemite was the third most visited national park in 2013, behind only Grand Canyon and Great Smoky Mountains.
  • The world famous Yosemite Valley, where most people spend their time, is only a tiny fraction of the park, less than 1% of the total area. Nearly 95% of the park has been designated as wilderness.
  • Yosemite Valley is a classic glacier-cut valley, carved out of the solid granite. Glaciers in Yosemite Valley may have reached thicknesses of 4,000 feet or more.
  • John Muir, the famed conservationist responsible for so many of the United States’ protected areas, had an especially large role in Yosemite. Among other things, in May 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt camped with Muir near Glacier Point for three days. This trip convinced Roosevelt that Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove should be returned to the national park.

Where is Yosemite National Park?

Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of east-central California, in an area of incredible natural beauty. The cities of Oakhurst and Mariposa act as gateway towns to the park, and the nearest major city is Fresno. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Yosemite.


Tioga Pass Entrance
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Big Oak Flat Entrance
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Arch Rock Entrance
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South Entrance
(37.50610106925954, -119.63124793837778)

More About Yosemite

We have pages on all sorts of things about Yosemite National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, HD Video Clips, and pages to buy Books, Trail Maps, and DVD & Blu-ray. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.