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A Camper and RVers Guide to Yosemite National Park

Another one of the amazing places preserved by the National Park Service is California’s Yosemite National Park. It is one of California’s beautiful camping destinations and an ideal spot for recreational enthusiasts – everyone from casual nature walks to hard core rock climbing. It is also one of the National Park Systems most popular parks, which also include the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. Visitors will love all that this park has to offer throughout the year, whether during the busy peak season or in the slower fall season.

Yosemite is truly a wilderness destination, featuring towering waterfalls, valleys and granite walls. This wonderful wilderness area is filled with beautiful flora and fauna for visitors to enjoy. There are meadows filled with wildflowers during the spring and forests that boast stunning fall colors during the fall. Visitors can stand in awe of the Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove and much more. The best way to enjoy all that Yosemite has to offer is by taking time to recreate in the vast wilderness area that is the park.

This park is a truly vast park, covering almost 1,200 square miles, making it a destination that takes time to fully explore. Some of the best destinations within the park are spread out, and visitors will need to spend plenty of time within the park or carefully plan out which destinations to explore in order to make the most of the vacation.

The Yosemite Valley is best known for the waterfalls, meadows, rock formations and cliffs found within. Visitors can reach this part of the park by car throughout the year. The Yosemite Valley is also one of the most popular parts of the park and gets very busy during the peak season. Within the Yosemite Valley travelers can enjoy hiking on numerous trails, biking on the designated trails and even rock climbing on the rock walls of the valley.

Visitors can also explore the Mariposa Grove, which is home to some of the park’s giant sequoias. Mariposa Grove is accessible by car from the spring through the fall, and is a great destination for hikers and skiers during the winter when the road is closed to cars. For great views of the Yosemite Valley and Half Dome visitors can travel to Glacier Point and Badger Pass. This road is also closed during the winter, but offers fun downhill and cross-country skiing at Badger Pass during these snowy months.

Most of the most amazing destinations within the park are accessible by car, however the best way to experience the park is on foot through recreation. Yosemite’s miles of wilderness make it a fantastic destination for backpackers looking for a truly wild experience. The park also offers miles of hiking trails in each of the different regions of the park. One of the less crowded hiking destinations is Hetch Hetchy. Yosemite is also famous for its rock climbing. Climbers travel from around the world to take on the challenges presented at Yosemite, including spots in the Merced River Canyon, at Tuolumne Meadows and more.

Visitors to Yosemite need to be aware of the impact their recreation and activity has on the natural wonders of the park. Yosemite National Park is a true treasure and in order to help preserve the wonders of the park visitors should be sure to follow all guidelines for use and recreation within the park. Hikers should always stay on the marked trails in order to avoid contributing to trail erosion. Climbers should try to minimize their impact by following used routes, removing any equipment  when descending, follow all other guidelines including closures. Bikers should know that riding off trail in Yosemite is not permitted, but there are plenty of fantastic trails throughout the Yosemite Valley and the parks roads are also great for biking.

The most popular parks, like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite have a very busy peak season. If you want to visit one of these parks and must go during the peak season, be sure to reserve any camping, RV or hotel lodgings several months in advance. The park lodges are very popular during peak season and fill up fast. In addition, most camping and RV sites within the park are first-come, first-serve. The campsites and RV parks outside of the national park always fill up fast during peak season as well, so be sure to make your reservations well in advance of your trip.  Find campgrounds close to Yosemite.
Yosemite National Park is a wonderful year-round destination for visitors looking to enjoy some of the wild and wonderful areas of the United States. There are stunning views, waterfalls, cliffs, giant trees, and much more within the vast area preserved by the park. Travelers can enjoy these sights by car tour or by recreation. No matter how you choose to experience this park it is guaranteed to be a memorable destination.

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