Worried about parking in Yosemite? You should be! Over FIVE MILLION tourists visit the park each year, and Yosemite National Park has now implemented parking and driving restrictions. Because of this congestion, traffic can be…no pun intended…a bear! There can be delays up to one hour just to get in the gate, especially during holiday weekends. Certain roads in Yosemite close during the winter, and many require snow chains. So make sure you call ahead to make sure you have the safest route possible.
So why not just leave the driving to us and enjoy the view?
Discover Yosemite has seasoned drivers and extremely comfortable, air-conditioned buses that will make your trip to Yosemite National Park a fun, comfortable, and no-stress experience.
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After you arrive at the Southern Entrance of Yosemite National Park via Highway 41, you will have a good 45-60 minute drive to the valley, with many twists and turns along the mountainous cliffs. But why fight the traffic? Let Discover Yosemite do the driving for you and enjoy the scenic views of the park while talking with your friends or listening to one of our knowledgable tour guides give you the history of the Park.
If you do decide to drive, during the tourist season from April through October, arrive in the park before or after peak hours (before 9 am and after 5 pm) to avoid delays and traffic congestion.
All parking in Yosemite National Park is free.
Yosemite Driving Tips:
- Drive responsibly: observe posted speed limits and use pullouts to take pictures and let other cars pass.
- The views in Yosemite are spectacular and will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. But keep your eyes on the road!
- Do not stop in the middle of a road to take pictures and definitely DO NOT feed the animals!
- Protect Yosemite’s bears: always practice proper food storage and follow speed limits.
- Staying connected: cellular service is limited. Don’t be surprised if you can’t receive calls or texts in the park.
- Follow all safety signage and do not step over safety barriers. They are there for a reason!