Yosemite Resources Guide

Compiled by Yosemite Trekker

Last update: 8/11/12

The Basics

Current Conditions and Webcams National Park Service

Half Dome Climbing Permits -- now required!!

National Park Service Yosemite Web Pages

Facebook Page for Yosemite NPS

NPS Yosemite Planning guide

Entrance Fees and Camping http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm

Wilderness Permits and bear canister rental (for backpackers)

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Storage: When traveling, backpacks and other gear (i.e. nonvaluables) can be stored for free in self-serve bear-proof boxes at trail heads, at the edge of the parking lot in Curry Village, and wherever else you find them unattached to specific campsites.

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Campgrounds that are first come, first served (no reservations)

Reserve a campsite through recreation.gov or call the Campground Reservation Line: (877) 444-6777.

Things to know before you come http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/things2know.htm

Driving directions http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/driving.htm

Maps http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/maps.htm

Peaks and Domes (click on diagram and use key)


Yosemite Valley Free Shuttle Service http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bus.htm

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System http://www.yarts.com

Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus http://www.yosemitepark.com/tuolumne-meadows-tour.aspx (Operated by DNC)

Bike Rentals http://www.yosemitepark.com/bike-rentals.aspx

In-Park Bus Tours http://www.yosemitepark.com/bus-tours.aspx

Amtrak train service http://www.amtrak.com/
Connects to YARTS bus (see above) in Merced to take you into Yosemite Valley.(There is no park entrance fee for visitors arriving on YARTS.) From the S.F. Bay Area and Sacramento, train travel to Yosemite is cheap, and discounts are offered, including AAA, U.S. military, students and seniors. Phone reservations: (800) USARAIL.

Getting gas http://yosemiteblog.com/where-to-get-gas-in-yosemite/
No gas is sold in Yosemite Valley (except in emergencies), so fill up at Crane Flat or other locations just outside the valley. There's a full-service garage in the valley, at Yosemite Village, for vehicle repair.

Lodging (non-camping) and Activities

DNC Parks and Resorts http://www.yosemitepark.com/
Reservations by Phone: (801) 559-4884
Accommodations - Descriptions and Online Reservations http://www.yosemitepark.com/Accommodations.aspx
Yosemite activities and sightseeing http://www.yosemitepark.com/Activities.aspx
Badger Pass Ski Area http://www.yosemitepark.com/BadgerPass.aspx
Getting married in Yosemite http://www.yosemitepark.com/MeetingsEvents_Weddings.aspx
Valley Hiking Maps http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/valleyhikes1.pdf

Click top line for YouTube page.

Video made by TheCityEdition.com available on YouTube

The inside track on finding work with government and nonprofit agencies, tourist concessionaires, or as a self-employed survival skills instructor. Get advice, referrals and links to job websites while viewing photos from several parks. Insight on concessions management by the National Park Service, Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR), seasonal firefighting positions, student internships and environmental groups that operate land trusts. Uploaded 9/27/10.


N.P.S. Employment http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/npsjobs.htm
Employment with DNC http://www.yosemitepark.com/AboutUs_Employment.aspx
Yosemite Search and Rescue Jobs http://www.friendsofyosar.org/yosar_jobs/yosarJobs.html
Volunteering (work exchange program for Yosemite Concservancy) https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/volunteer
National Park Service Volunteering and Internship http://www.nps.gov/gettinginvolved

Blogs and Photo Journals

Yosemite Blog http://yosemiteblog.com/
Yosemite Trekker http://www.thecityedition.com/Pages/Archive/2009/Yosemite_Trekker
Tree in the Door's Fauna and Flora http://treeinthedoorvideo.blogspot.com/
Park Vision http://www.shannontech.com/ParkVision/Yosemite/Yosemite14.html
Little Red Tent http://littleredtent.net/LRTblog/

Other Websites

Wilderness Survival Pages http://www.thecityedition.com/2012/Wilderness_Survival.html
The Mega-Disaster Planner http://www.thecityedition.com/2012/plan.html
HikeHalfDome.com http://www.hikehalfdome.com
Live Webcam Views http://www.yosemite.org/vryos/
AboutYosemite.com http://www.aboutyosemite.com/
Yosemite.com http://www.yosemite.com/
Yosemitefun.com http://www.yosemitefun.com/
Yosemite Online http://www.yosemite.ca.us/
Yosemite Gold http://www.yosemitegold.com
Yosemite Hikes http://www.yosemitehikes.org
Intro to Yosemite http://www.thecityedition.com/Pages/Archive/2009/Post_052909
National Parks Traveler http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/
National Park Foundation http://www.nationalparks.org/

Recommended Reading

Yosemite - The Complete Guide by James Kaiser
Yosemite Road Guide Published by the Yosemite Association

Guidebook to Yosemite by Steven Medley
Tioga Tramps by John and Elizabeth O'Neill
Yosemite's Half Dome by Rick Deutsch
Sierra Nevada Natural History by Tracy Storer, et. al.
The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite by Harold Davis
Living in Yosemite (a photo journal) by Lynn Wilson
Online books about Yosemite http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/
The Yosemite Valley (1910) by Galen Clark http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/the_yosemite_valley/

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