Our TOP 5 favorite things to do in Yosemite in the fall…
Hiking or biking around Yosemite Valley near the west gate entrance on Highway 140 and stopping to admire all the fall colors especially around the Yosemite Chapel are some favorite fall activities in Yosemite. Plus as an added bonus in the fall season, watch the climbers take on El Capitan as the cooler weather is ideal for the climbing season.
Visiting the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia at the south gate entrance on Highway 41 - take special notice of the dogwood leaves as they add a crimson hue to the Grove.
Tuolumne Meadows near the east gate entrance on Highway 120 East…make sure to get there NOW before the snows closes it for the winter. You won’t be disappointed…bring your camera, it’s spectacular!
Glacier Point…clear skies and breathtaking views of many of the iconic attractions in Yosemite Valley and the High Country. Plan NOW as the snow will also close this special place when wintertime descends on Yosemite.
Don’t miss spending time at Hetch Hetchy on Highway 120 West. This incredible valley is known as for its amazing hikes and beautiful views all year long. Watch it transform during fall.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Yosemite in Fall
1) Fall weather is mild, perfect for hiking, biking and exploring. Nights are cool and crisp, perfect for snuggling around the campfire and stargazing!
2) Plenty of parking, particularly mid-week. Kids are back in school, and peak tourism has passed for the season. Enjoy meditative meadows, peaceful paths and hiking trails.
3) The Wildlife! No, we’re not talking Daytona Beach here, we’re speaking of active bears, deer, squirrels, coyotes, birds and bob cats. They, and many more species of Yosemite wildlife inhabitants are busy getting ready for Winter. The activity can be seen everywhere you visit!
4) A Changing season creates a perfect photographers or artists backdrop. Rich hues of orange, yellow and red transform the landscape along the Merced River Canyon and Yosemite. It’s a West Coast “Leaf Peepers” paradise!
5) Cozy lodging, and friendly hosts. Hoteliers and Inn keepers love fall, as it gives them a chance to get to know their guests. The pace is more relaxed, offering an opportunity to have a glass of wine, chat about area history, local knowledge and special places to explore.
4 Gateways - 1 Destination
Explore all four gateways for a
magical fall getaway!
North Entrance - Highway 120 West
West Entrance - Highway 140
South Entrance - Highway 41
East Entrance - Highway 120 East