Weather in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is a place of mystery, deep beauty, and incredible experiences. It is also a park that is open year round, so no matter what season you enjoy the most, you can take advantage of what Yosemite has to offer. Yosemite experiences all four seasons in all their glory and each season offers up something different for visitors.

Spring in Yosemite

If you like waterfalls, then this is the perfect season to visit Yosemite. By mid-summer, many of the park’s waterfalls run quieter, but spring is when the falls are at their peak. Yosemite Valley is stunning, and by May, the wildflowers begin to bloom.

Some of the higher elevation points in the park may be restricted in the spring, with Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road generally opening in late May, depending on the snowpack.

Summer in Yosemite

July and August in Yosemite are the best time to hit the park if you want to hike the High Sierra and enjoy the beauty and majesty of Tuolumne Meadows. Set at a higher elevation than Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows is far less crowded and more peaceful, since most of the summer crowds tend to prefer the Valley.

Autumn in Yosemite

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to visit Yosemite to avoid both the crowds and the heat. Daytime temperatures make hiking and rock climbing incredibly comfortable and the foliage of the maple, oak, and dogwood trees is a sight to behold. Just be prepared for the closures of Tioga Road to take place after the first heavy snowfall, which is usually between mid-October and mid-November.

Winter in Yosemite

Winter is Yosemite’s best kept secret. The park is incredibly serene with a fresh blanket of snow and Glacier Point Road is plowed to grant access to the ski resort in Badger Pass. In Yosemite Valley, there are Chef’s Holidays, wine tasting, and the famous Christmas Bracebridge Dinner. But the most spectacular event of the winter happens in late February when visitors can witness the Firefall. It is at this time of year that daily sunset illuminates Horsetail Fall, making it appear to glow red and orange as if on fire as the sun goes down.

It can be difficult to pick just one season in which to visit Yosemite, but once you have chosen when to visit, give us a call at 1-559-978-9010 to reserve your rental house. No matter what time of year you come, you won’t regret reserving your Yosemite accommodations with Waterfall and River Lodging.

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