Just 2-3 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and 5 hours from Los Angeles, sits mostly at lower elevations, has a mild climate and is easy to access. Once you arrive, a stay in California’s Gold Country makes for easy access to Yosemite and the High Sierra via Highway 140, the historic “All-Weather Highway”, where winter adventure awaits in the High Sierra.

Can you visit Yosemite in Winter?

YES! Winter in Yosemite is enchanting, and spending the winter months in Mariposa County is both charming and nostalgic. As you might imagine, the holiday season and New Year’s Eve in Yosemite are nothing short of magical.

Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area is planned to open in mid-December, weather permitting, offering affordable and family-friendly ski and snowboard lessons with plenty of fresh snow to carve and play in.

If hitting the slopes isn’t for you, try snowshoeing Yosemite with a hike through Mariposa Grove or even just take a brisk walk through lower-elevation Yosemite Valley. One stop in Mariposa County this winter and you’ll agree, it’s the clear choice for winter adventure.

Book early to get the best deals on lodging! With a wide range of cabins, B&Bs, and hotels both inside and outside the park, Yosemite National Park’s winter lodging offers stunning beauty, quiet solitude and endless access to an array of things to do. Take a look at our special offers page for even more great deals for the winter and into the spring.

Badger Pass Ski Area, California’s Best-Kept Slope Secret

Badger Pass is a great place for kids or adult novices to learn how to ski or snowboard, all at a fraction of the price of some of the large resorts throughout the state. Season passes are on sale now.

Gliding down hills on two feet not your thing? The ski area is also home to a tubing run which provides a fun and easy way to hit the slopes. Badger Pass is also a great jumping-off point for snowshoe hikes to Dewey Point and cross-country ski runs to Glacier Point. One visit to Badger Pass in Yosemite will leave you itching to come back for more fun in the snow.

Yosemite Mariposa County Information

Make the most of your time as you explore Yosemite with all the information you need to know before arriving. Learn about requirements for tire chains, sledding areas near the south entrance of the park, ice skating at Curry Village with views of Half Dome, and more!