Yosemite National Park provides a vast variety of activities for visitors of all interests and skill levels. There are four visitor centers in Yosemite National Park. The Valley Visitor Center, located in Yosemite Valley, is the largest and most comprehensive in terms of displays, books, postcards and maps. The Big Oak Flat Information Station, Wawona Information Station and Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center are open on a more limited basis. Regularly scheduled ranger-led walks, talks and evening programs. Concessioner-operated bus tours, guided horseback rides and bicycle rentals are also available on site.
For scenic driving there are one-hundred and ninety-six miles of paved roads within the park. To avoid crowds, travel to Yosemite at times other than spring weekends and busy holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Individuals interested in hiking, walking or backpacking can choose from 840 miles of trails. Eight-miles of paved bike path provide a unique way to explore in Yosemite Valley.
Campgrounds in Yosemite are operated by the National Park Service. In Yosemite Valley, Upper Pines campground is open year-round, Lower Pines Campground is open March to October and North Pines is open April to October. Reservations are required at these Valley campgrounds. Sunnyside walk-in campground is open year-round; sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Outside Yosemite Valley, Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow campgrounds are open year-round. Reservations are required May through September; sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis October to April. Tuolumne Meadows campground is open July through September. Half of the sites are available by reservation only; half are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Crane Flat campground is open June to September; reservations are required. Bridalveil Creek,Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Porcupine Flat and Yosemite Creek campgrounds are open during the summer months on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are also required at Group Camps in Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows, Hodgdon Meadow and Bridalveil Creek.