Operating Hours & Seasons

Operating Hours

If you’re planning on visiting Yosemite National Park, you’ll be glad to know that you can drop by any time of the day, any day of the year, and without making any reservations.

However, if you’re traveling via the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station, you can travel until sunset. Similarly, some roads towards the park may be blocked due to snow between November and June. Therefore, you need to plan accordingly and check road conditions beforehand.

Seasons

As the park is open all year round, you can easily enjoy different seasons in this wonderland of wilderness.

  • Spring – In April and May, you can visit the park via car unless you’re traveling by the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads. You can also hike from Yosemite Valley and Hetch Hetchy or watch the rivers and waterfalls gush through.
  • Summer – Usually between June and September, summer in Yosemite is the busiest season with most roads to the park open by the end of June. The season is also perfect for those who enjoy wildflowers like rosebud, lupine and subalpine flowers covering the slopes and valley.
  • Fall – In October and November, you can see most of the park in spectacular fall colors minus hordes of people. Numerous trees like big-leaf maples and Pacific dogwoods show their beauty in mid-October.
  • Winter – From December to March, winter adds a calm aura to the park. While the Tioga Road is closed, some roads are open and you can choose alternative winter routes. At the park, you can hike some of the few accessible trails, watch waterfalls after the rain increases the levels of the water, or visit Glacier Point after mid-December.