Getting to Yosemite

Getting here is generally easy, although Yosemite National Park is a remote location in a mountainous environment, and there can be seasonal or random road closures due to snow, rock slides, flood, and fires. Be sure to call the CalTrans 800.427.7623 or 209-372-0200 for road condition info for the most up-to-date information.

You can enter the park in private vehicles, organized tours, or scheduled buses. The entrance fee for private vehicles is $20, motorcycles $10, and $10 for bikes. 80% of these fees stay within the park for resource conservation and maintenance, so while it may sound high, it’s less than a family trip to the movies and goes to a good cause.

Public transportation is a viable, although less convenient, way to get into and around the Park. The Yosemite Area Transportation System (YARTS) is connects Yosemite Valley via 140 to the west and 120 to the east. The western terminus is Merced (Airport, Amtrak, Bus) and the eastern terminus is Mammoth Lakes Village. The cost is up to $20 per person.

The Yosemite Shuttle operates between Yosemite Village, Yosemite Lodge, Curry Village, Happy Isles and the Ahwahnee Hotel from 7AM to 8PM, extended hours in summer. The shuttle is free.

One request for people driving into the Park – please use turnouts and let people get speeding tickets if they want, and please do not stop in the middle of the road to look at coyotes or waterfalls. The person driving behind you may not see the same thing until they’ve driven through your space.

How you can get involved

There are many ways to get involved. The Ansel Adams Gallery is a Yosemite National Park Partner, and helps support the not-for-profit entities that are dedicated to protecting the resources of Yosemite or educating the public about the Park and environmental conservation. Volunteering and fundraising to help the Yosemite specifically are best handled through the Park Partners. Please visit our new site www.yosemiteconservancy.org

Another way to help the National Parks in general is to lobby your United States Congressperson or Senator to increase the NPS operating budget. The most common complaint within any organization is that we don’t have enough money to do all the things we need to do, should do, or want to. The National Park Service is no exception, and has suffered from budget cuts and expanded but underfunded responsibilities. The National Park system was created to protect our American heritage for future generations and provide for today’s generations enjoyment. Congress should provide adequate funding to enable the NPS to achieve its goals.