For many lovers of Yosemite their fondest memories of the park are in winter, whether gazing at the beautiful snow-capped granite peaks, enjoying a hot drink at The Ahwahnee Hotel or ice skating beneath the serene face of Half Dome. Often thought to be one of the most beautiful ice rink locations in the United States, the Yosemite ice skating rink has recently changed to the eastern section of Curry Village in the main parking area. The new rink still has amazing views of Half Dome and cozy fire pits but it now more sustainably placed for the surrounding habitat.
The tradition of the ice skating rink has been going on now for more than 90 years in Yosemite. The first ice rink was established in 1928 when the Yosemite Winter Club flooded an unused parking lot. People filled the lot and skated in the beautiful valley – and the idea took off!
A visit to this rink should be part of any winter itinerary. Weather permitting, the rink is open every day for several 2.5 hour sessions. Hours and pricing are listed on www.TravelYosemite.com.
Yosemite Mariposa County is taking several precautions that go above and beyond state guidelines to help make sure to make sure visiting is as safe and healthy as possible. You can help us by continuing to social distance, wearing face coverings, and washing and sanitizing your hands regularly. Above all, if you are feeling even slightly ill, please stay at home.
Yosemite National Park Remains Open During Bricebrug Fire and Highway 140 Closure.
Familiar old names are being welcomed back to Yosemite after the conclusion of a successful trademark dispute settlement. The temporary tarp with “Half Dome Village” printed on it which covered the beloved wooden sign marking the entrance to Camp Curry came down & signs and maps will be changed out all over the park over the next few months.