Yosemite activities can change as the seasons change. But rest assure that there are some mighty fine activities to do here each and every month of the year.
The fall and winter months do not draw the crowds that the spring and summer months do. Maybe over time, you can come to see Yosemite in each of the season.
Spring is perhaps the most beautiful time of the year to visit Yosemite National Park. The waterfalls are at their peak. The frazil ice is flowing. Rainbows are easily found at the base of waterfalls. The trails are open for hiking. The horses are brought back to the stables and are ready for you to ride them. The meadows are green and animals are often found grazing in them. The bike rental shop is open and clouds often linger just enough in the valley to make your pictures perfect.
There is a reason that the summer months are so popular with visitors. River rafting, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and biking are daily Yosemite activities. Bears, dear, coyotes, squirrels and birds are out and easy to spot.
The winter months in Yosemite National Park are quite. No crowds, no lines and a serenity like no other time of the year. Activities include: ice skating at Curry Village, snow shoeing throughout the park, skiing at Badger Pass, snow play, cross country skiing, ice skating in Tuolumne Meadows, and cozy fires at the Ahwahnee Hotel. The snowfall blankets the meadows and the huge granite cliffs. Clouds roll in and out of the valley. Winter is a great time for a visit.
This is the time of year that the leaves change color on the trees and the crowds are very light. The trails are open for hiking and they are not crowded. The evenings are cool and the water level is low. But walking in the meadows and sitting on bridges make for a great time to reflect and relax.
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