Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains is well-known for stunning waterfalls, ancient sequoia trees, hiking trails, and breathtaking cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite is also home to meadows, valleys, and abundant wildlife. With so much to see and experience, the park has become extremely popular, especially during the summer months. The trick to beating the crowds is visiting during the off-season.
If you enjoy a little snow and relish the idea of visiting a national park without the crowds, consider planning a springtime trip. One of the best times of year to visit Yosemite is early spring. The waterfalls are guaranteed to roar into action as the snow begins to melt. The Valley floor is pleasantly warm, and the crowds are manageable. Keep reading for activities to add to your Yosemite spring travel itinerary.
Yosemite Spring Activities
Hiking – Spring in Yosemite is the perfect time to enjoy the scenery at your own pace. While most of Yosemite remains snowy through May and into June, some hikes from Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Hetch Hetchy are snow-free by April. Most trails are usually snow-free by May.
Biking in Yosemite – To enjoy your very own custom tour of Yosemite, consider renting bikes or bringing yours from home. After a day of biking in Yosemite Valley, you’ll sleep like a baby!
Stargazing in Yosemite – Cozy up with a warm blanket and enjoy Yosemite’s spectacular display of stars. You can’t get views like this in the big city.
Museums and Visitor Centers – Visitors seeking refuge from the cold can find warmth within the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, a one-stop-shop for Yosemite resources, maps, guidebooks, souvenirs, and more. Another place to visit is the Yosemite Museum. Open since 1925, the Yosemite Museum highlights the history of Yosemite and has an impressive art gallery.
The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley is also worth a visit. There you’ll find a unique variety of books on Yosemite, handcrafts, fine art prints, and an extraordinary collection of Ansel Adams original photographs. The gallery also offers incredible views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point.