The magical National Park that is only a drive away for us in the Eastern Sierras is operating a little differently this year. There is still a lot of time left this summer to visit from the East Entrance of Tioga Pass. Be sure to check out the new reservations system ahead of time for a smoother trip into the Valley.
Driving through Tuolumne Meadows en route to Yosemite Valley from the East Side is a picturesque treat. You could spend an entire day, or more, exploring the easy to strenuous hiking trails in the area. The beautiful Tenaya Lake is a great stopping point for the day or just for a picnic lunch.
Continuing on to the Valley floor boasts incredible views around every corner. Although the Yosemite Valley Shuttle Systems will not be operating this year, the public may still visit attractions in their personal vehicles. Whether you have frequented Yosemite often or it’s your first visit, the granite walls and abundant wildlife are incredible to experience. There is so much to learn from the environmental factors and the cultural history. If you don’t already know how the Valley was formed, be sure to catch one of the Interpretive Ranger Programs. Some main attractions like Glacier Point, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls will likely end up on your sightseeing or hiking itinerary. And there is so much more to explore.
Visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm in advance to ensure a safe trip and proper wildlife protocols. This site also has reservation information, trip planning resources, and more.