Hike, Camp and More in Yosemite National Park
Summer is a great time to take advantage of our national parks and monuments. Many offer free or low-cost admissions and programs perfect for families. So this summer we will be featuring one of our country’s public lands every week and highlighting things you and your family can do there.
Yosemite National Park
World-renowned photographer Ansel Adams captured some of the nation’s best sights and scenery in his lifetime of work as a nature photographer. In the words of President Jimmy Carter, Adams was “drawn to the beauty of nature’s monuments” - and he found no greater inspiration than Yosemite National Park.
Adams, though perhaps one of the most well-known and artistic, is far from the only person to find success and happiness within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. Thousands of visitors have visited the 1,200 square miles of national park since its protection in 1864, hiking miles of trail, capturing one of its many scenic cliff faces on film, laying down in a meadow, or camping in the middle of the valley.
Although the park may be most known for its picturesque waterfalls, there are a plethora of activities available for visitors to explore and experience:
Hike an easy, moderate, or difficult trail in the park. For a detailed list of trails to hike, visit Yosemite’s webpage devoted to hiking, which includes a variety of choices, including wildflower walks or snowshoe and cross-country trails.
For hiking enthusiasts, Yosemite offers the hike to Half Dome, an oft-cited “bucket list hike,” featuring an ascent of 5,000 feet from Yosemite Valley and 8,000 feet above sea level. The famous 14- to 16-mile round-trip hike takes about 10 to 12 hours to hike and is advisable for experienced hikers. Before you plan a trip, apply for a Half Dome permit.
Take a horseback ride or a guided mule ride through the park.
Explore the water - fish, raft or swim.
Visit the huge valleys, beautiful meadows, giant Sequoias, and picturesque scenery that makes up the park.