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Discover Yosemite in the Fall

Autumn Adventure Awaits

It’s easy to fall in love with Yosemite in the fall. Cooler temperatures and fewer people make exploring easier and more comfortable. There’s nothing better than the fall season for hiking and other outdoor activities. The black oaks, big leaf maples, dogwoods and other deciduous trees put on their fall colors starting in the high country with quaking aspens and working downhill, and lodging prices fall with the temperatures meaning that this is a great season to look for deals on cabins, hotels and more.

Warm Days. Cool Nights.

In Yosemite in the fall, the daytime experience can almost feel like an endless summer. Temperatures in Yosemite Valley and at lower elevations remain warm through the day, but as the sun falls in the western sky so do the temperatures, so pack a sweater – you’ll need it to enjoy those night skies full of bright Yosemite stars.

Looking for changing leaves and beautiful fall foliage? Start in the higher elevation regions of Tuolumne Meadows where the temperatures get near freezing before Yosemite Valley’s do. The aspens along Tioga Pass road begin to change as early as September, but if you’re hoping to see the Valley’s maples and oaks change colors, that comes around late October or November, proving the old adage that fall in the mountains marches downhill.

Looking for activities and suggestions to help plan your visit to Yosemite? Take a look at the links below to start planning an unforgettable Yosemite Mariposa County Fall vacation.