Tours in Yosemite
Winter is upon us, which means the possibility of wet, icy or snowy roads throughout Yosemite Mariposa County well into late spring. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle or are just feeling adventurous, you can certainly brave the slushy conditions when they occur, but many prefer to let a tour company do the driving. If you’re more inclined to sit back and let the pros show you around, here’s a look at some of the tour guides and tour operators offering trips to Yosemite this winter.
Tour buses operate year-round, bringing in guests from San Francisco and the greater Yosemite Mariposa County area into the region. When you visit our tours page, you can search for specific tour operators to fit your needs.
If you’re visiting from the San Francisco Bay Area, you might take a look at Extranomical, a tour operator that offers Bay Area travelers several options from the city. Extranomical’s one-day trips include six-hour drives through Yosemite National Park, with photo opportunity stops at several iconic locations.
California Parlor Cars’ offer eco-friendly extended tours, including one-, two- and three-day tours of Yosemite Mariposa County from San Francisco and the Bay Area. By combining AMTRAK and YARTS buses, these tours originate in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Once you’re in the park, free shuttles run you to popular trail heads and top sites, so you can explore on your own.
After you arrive in Yosemite Mariposa County by bus or train, you have several options for guided tours. For a great overview of the park, start with the Valley Floor Tour, a two-hour tour led by park rangers and Yosemite hospitality naturalists who will share the history of the park along with its flora, fauna and other highlights. Offered as an open-air tram in the summer, the tour switches to a heated motor coach with panoramic windows in the winter.
Relax and take in the scenery in style with Discover Yosemite Inc.’s tour vans that pick up and drop off at several convenient locations, including Tenaya Lodge and Narrow Gauge Inn in Fish Camp.
There are also plenty of seasonal guided tours including YExplore Yosemite Adventures’ hiking, photography and showshoe hikes. Visit Airbornn Aviation Services to get a birds-eye view of Yosemite Mariposa County from the air.
For other guided tours, visit the Yosemite Tours page to search by region, including Coulterville and Buck Meadows, El Portal, Foresta, Mariposa, Midpines and Cathey’s Valley.
Photo by: @winerelatedraff
Whether you’re driving or taking a tour bus, it’s a smart idea to check the road conditions. You can get up-to-the-minute updates on our Yosemite Road Conditions page here.
Also, visit our Winter FAQs page to learn about what’s open and the best ways to get around Yosemite in the winter.
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I want to go skydiving.” I bet I’d have a hundred dollars (probably more), and every time my reply would be short and certain, “Not me!” and I meant it. I couldn’t imagine having the courage to step out of a ‘perfectly good airplane’ and tumble to earth, with-or-without someone strapped very tightly to my back.
Thankfully the physical impact left behind is incredibly minimal within Yosemite National Park’s boundary. Tourists can enjoy all the icons they have been dreaming to see, and most will not even be aware the event took place as they take in the famous jaw-dropping scenery.
There’s no better way to cap off the end of the year than to get away to Yosemite Mariposa County for the holidays this year.