Things to Do
Get out of your car and plan to spend at least one full day exploring the more than 800 miles of trail in Yosemite National Park. There is some type of incredible hike available in every season and every fitness level.
2. Cruise the Valley Floor
One of the best ways to see the valley floor is by cruising around on a bike. Within Yosemite, there are 12 miles of designated bike trails in the eastern end of Yosemite Valley – rent a cruiser and go exploring.
3. Guided Tours
Explore with an expert! There are several fun programs to choose from including photography and naturalist walks, stargazing and tram tours, and ranger programs.
4. Museums and Attractions
Stop by the Yosemite Museum to explore a replica Native American village and learn about ancient traditions and basket-weaving from cultural demonstrators. Visit the Yosemite Visitor Center, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, and other attractions in the Yosemite Region.
Yosemite is a fisher's paradise! Arrange a guided tour to get the most out of this experience.
The Yosemite Zipline and Adventure Ranch, located in Mariposa, offers horseback riding, ziplining on six different courses, aerial ropes courses, roping lessons, gold-panning and more.
7. Horseback and Mule Riding
Nothing takes you back in time quite like a trip through breath taking wilderness on horseback. Within the park, stables offer two-hour, four-hour and all-day guided rides via horse and mule from Yosemite Valley and Wawona. In Fishcamp, just outside the south entrance/Highway 41, you can find horseback riding and sleigh rides at Yosemite Trails Saddle and Sleigh Company
8. Rock Climbing
As a valley with 3,000-foot sheer granite walls, Yosemite is a world famous rock climbing destination. Non-climbers may simply enjoy a picnic lunch while watching the most elite on their way up El Capitan or take a climbing class to "learn the ropes."
From the elegant and upscale Ahwahnee Hotel to the laid back Pizza Deck at Curry Village, Yosemite offers all kinds of options. Check out our dining section to see all the options the area offers.
10. Spas and Wellness
After all those adventures, you’ve earned some R&R. Enjoy one of the area's many relaxing spas and wellness activities.
Yosemite and its surrounding areas are so expansive, consider staying a few days to truly relax and enjoy its many attractions. Visit Yosemite in all its seasons – spring brings an explosion of color and rushing waterfalls, while summer is the perfect time for an exhilarating hike or leisurely rafting expedition. Autumn reveals itself in a blaze of spectacular yellow and rust colors as the leaves change, while winter offers an unmatched quiet, serenity, and beauty.
Throughout the park, you’ll find endless scenic beauty, with opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and so much more! Dining options include everything from fine-dining at The Ahwahnee Hotel to casual, family-friendly options at Curry Village. The surrounding areas also include a wide-range of options to enjoy after a long day in the park.
There are countless things to do while visiting Yosemite, to see even more view browse Outdoor Activities.