Yosemite National Park Activities

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I have a lot of Yosemite National Park activities for you! I think I can find things to do in Yosemite for everyone once they get here. Below I have many different activities for you to choose from. From hiking outdoors to horseback riding in Yosemite. They're all fun! Just click on each of the links to learn more about each activity.

Take a look at what is available to do in Yosemite and plan a few excursions before you come.

Go On An Easy Hike

You can hike to the bottom of a waterfall. You can hike to a vista look out that will give you the most amazing views of Yosemite. Our Yosemite National Park activities always include hiking when we are here. Yosemite has wide and well marked trails throughout. Here is a list of some easy day hikes that everyone will enjoy.

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My List Of Easy Hikes In Yosemite

Go On a Moderate To Challenging Hike

Yosemite has many hikes that will take all day (or most of the day) to complete. You can look over the edge of a waterfall and see Yosemite from a new angle. Hiking is a favorite of all the Yosemite National Park activities. I think that hitting the hiking trails allows you to leave the crowds of people who stay in Yosemite Valley behind.

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My List Of Moderate To Difficult Hiking Trails

Bike Around Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park activities have to include bike riding if the weather is nice outside. Rent a bike when you are here or bring your own. We always bring our own since we don't live to far from this fabulous place. But if you need to you rent a bike, you may do so at Yosemite Lodge or Curry Village. There is more than eight miles of easy and fun paths in Yosemite Valley for bike rides. As long as the weather is nice, bike riding in Yosemite will be a choice loved by kids and adults.

My Advice On Biking In Yosemite National Park

Go Fishing

The high country of Yosemite is Tuolumne Meadows and this is the place to catch fish. German Brown, trout and small bass fish are stocked in the upper lakes. There are 770 miles of streams waiting to be fished. There is also fishing in Yosemite Nat Park Valley. Yosemite National Park activities that include fishing is for those who love to drop a pole in the water.

My Tips For Fishing In Yosemite

Float The Merced River

Grab a tube, raft or boat and float the Merced River in Yosemite water. This is one of the best ways to relax and have fun at the same time. We do this a couple of times a year. You may bring your own inner tubes, rafts or boats to use or you may rent a boat at Curry Village. Rafting is some of our families favorite Yosemite National Park activities to do in the summer.

I Highly Recommend Floating The River

Go Horseback Riding

Yosemite Park has three stables that offer horseback riding. You can even ride to the top of a waterfall on a horse! There are many scenic trail rides throughout Yosemite and the surrounding area to choose from. If your not one to love hiking, then perhaps one of your favorite Yosemite National Park activities will be taking a horse on a trail.

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Climb On Rocks And Fallen Trees

Go climb a rock! From a single rock to a granite bolder...there are many rocks to climb once you are here. Climb a rock just to say that you have conquered it or climb on a rock to sit and rest. I know that some Yosemite National Park activities are to strenuous or not age appropriate from some people. But everyone can find a rock to climb or sit on!

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Climb On Rocks, Play With Sticks And Explore Caves

Go Around Taking Pictures

Yosemite National Park activities have to include taking pictures. From amateurs to professional photographers, everyone loves to take pictures. I tell everyone to bring their camera when they come. That way you will go home with pictures to match your memories. I have put together my best tips to share with you so that you can take great pictures while you are here.

Get My Best Tips To Photograph Yosemite

Ride The Free Shuttle & Shop The Village Stores And Museum

Drive your car to Curry Village and park your car. Get on the free shuttle bus and ride it to the Village. At the village, I think you can easily spend a couple of hours. Shop at the Village Store and the Ansel Adams Gallery. We love the museum and there is an impressive media room that always shows free movies of Yosemite and the surrounding area that are worth seeing.

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See Everything In Yosemite Village

Walk Through The Meadows

If the above Yosemite National Park activities are too strenuous, consider strolling through a meadow. Yosemite has several meadows to meander through. Most meadows have wooden paths for you to walk on. These were put in place several years ago to help preserve the meadows.

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Drive To Glacier Point

You may drive your car to Yosemite Glacier Point. This is the place to come and oversee the valley of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains. When you stand up here you will see vast expanses of terrain that is so high, few trees grow. What you will see will absolutely take your breath away.

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I Say Don't Miss Glacier Point

Drive To The Big Trees

Mariposa Grove is home to the California Yosemite Big Trees. This grove hosts some of the oldest and largest living things on earth. This grove has more than 600 Giant Sequoias! The earths largest and oldest Sequoias and Redwoods have been growing here for centuries.

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Go Ice Skating In The Winter

The Yosemite Curry Village outdoor ice skating rink is open in the winter months only. It is open from the middle of November till the middle of March. Yosemite weather dictates when the rink opens and closes. We always have fun ice skating and love the great view of Half Dome. The outdoor rink is located at the base of Glacier Point, so all you have to do is look up to see Glacier Point. Ice skating is a fun thing to do in the winter here.

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Ski At Badger Pass In The Winter

Badger Pass ski area is located inside of Yosemite National Park. It is a one hour drive from the valley floor. This ski area really caters to the young, beginner and intermediate skiers. This year it is scheduled to open December 12th. But it all depends on the snowfall. There are no snow making machines here. This is the oldest ski resort in California.

We Love Skiing At Badger Pass

Frazil Ice In March And April

It looks like snow floating in the river...but it's not! Frazil ice is small frozen water crystals or frozen mist from the waterfalls. It resembles slush and it floats on the surface of the water. You will find it in the Yosemite Creek here in Yosemite in the months of March and April.

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See Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows Above The Valley

Tuolumne Meadow's is Yosemite's High Country. Above the Yosemite Valley floor lies several mountain lakes stocked with fish, several campgrounds, granite domes and jagged peaks. This is a serious hiker/backpackers dream! Panoramic views of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. This is the place to camp, hike, horseback ride, fish and take photographs.

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Snowshoe Yosemite In The Winter

Winter in Yosemite Nat Park is quite, serene and peaceful. No crowds. Walk any trail or meadow with snowshoes. A vacation to remember & anyone who can walk...can snow shoe! Go on snowshoe excursions anywhere in Yosemite National Park. Both adults and kids like to go on snowshoe walks.

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Watch For Wildflowers

The Sierra Nevada wildflowers season is from March to August. For six months the Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows and the Sierra Nevada mountains are blanketed with California wildflowers.

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After going to Yosemite National Park for more than 45 years, I thought I had seen and done just about everything. Boy, was I wrong! This year, our family did something we have never done before. We went up to Glacier Point to watch the sun go down and we stayed to view the night sky. Let me share with you can see when you stargaze up at Yosemite's Glacier Point.

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Learn More About Stargazing In Yosemite

Cross Country Ski To Ostrander Ski Hut

This is for the experienced cross country skiers. Start at Badger Pass and cross country ski to Yosemite's European style ski hut. You will see breathtaking scenery all along the way. Stay the night at this 25 bed hut and head back out the next day. A favorite Yosemite National Park activity for cross country skiers.

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Learn More About Cross Country Skiing To Yosemite's Ostrander Ski Hut

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