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Best time to Visit Yosemite 2023

Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular parks in California. It has breathtaking views, including Half Dome and Yosemite falls, so whether you are coming from San Francisco or just want to see El Captain, you can choose any time of the month or season to visit Yosemite. This will be based on your season preference. And Just like most magical destinations, Yosemite has its off-season and peak seasons. Hence, in this article whether you love to go during the peak season or off-season to avoid crowds, we have got you covered!


Is Yosemite better in spring or fall?

Spring brings overflowing waterfalls, rolling fields of new wildflowers, and a flurry of new life to the park. On the other hand, autumn in Yosemite means crisp nights and valleys ablaze with fall colors. Without a doubt, both seasons provide breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. So, depending on your preferences, you can choose either.

When should I go to Yosemite?

The months of May and September are ideal for visiting Yosemite. This is when the park is open but not overcrowded. However, it's important to note that many roads and trails in Yosemite are closed due to snow for the majority of the year.

Which is better: Yellowstone or Yosemite?

If you prefer warmer temperatures and more reliable weather, Yosemite wins. Yellowstone weather is known to fluctuate with sudden thunderstorms and temperature drops. Winter is the least popular time to visit both parks, but it's a great time to plan a trip if you enjoy snowscapes, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

How many days is enough for Yosemite?

If you are planning a trip to the magical park of Yosemite Valley, one day is enough to see all of Yosemite Valley, but you could spend 2-3 days if you wish to take some of the longer hikes or explore Glacier Point and the Tioga Pass.

Below is the best time to visit Yosemite national park:

SPRING (April-May)

The average temperature at this time is around 70°F with a possible late winter snowstorm. Generally, the roads in Yosemite are good, making Yosemite Valley and Wawona accessible at all times. Although it might be difficult to predict the accessibility to enter Tioga and Glacier Point roads due to residual snow. Also, during this season waterfalls are abundant, so you can check out the booming rush of water at Ribbon falls. The crowds in April are less compared to May (late spring). If you are one for the bursting energy of the crowd and the peak season of the waterfall, you can opt for late spring and if you prefer less crowd, visit early spring (April).

SUMMER (June, July, August, and September)

Yosemite experiences a peak season during this time after the road and trail blockage experienced in May and June. The crowd begins to troop making things expensive. The average temperature in this season is soaring to nearly 90° and reduces significantly at night. If you plan to visit at this time, endeavor to make your accommodation bookings ahead, and also don't forget to pack light for the summer season. You also want to reserve camping sites and lodging months in advance. However, to avoid crowds you visit in early June and September. The crowds tend to thin out after Labor Day in September. This window of fewer crowds and full park accessibility makes Yosemite in September one of the best times to go. Lastly, if you are into hiking there is still time to indulge in that in September. The temperature ranges around 70°F in the daytime and 40°F at night, making it suitable for hiking.

Autumn (October-November)

As the kids return to school in September, crowds begin to thin, and Yosemite is a popular vacation spot for families. Daytime highs vary dramatically by month, with September experiencing the mid-70s, October experiencing the mid-60s, and November experiencing the low 50s. Nighttime temperatures drop as well, with an average in the high 40s in September and the low 30s in November. However, the trail and road closures typically begin in October or November (depending on conditions), leaving the park increasingly desolate as snowfall accumulates. If you go in October, be aware that there won't be many fall colors; the majority of trees in Yosemite are evergreens. Though not as famous for its fall colors as places like New York City or Chicago are during peak foliage season (which can span into early winter), Yosemite still has some beautiful leaves! If you go during this time of year, be sure to stop by Curry Village or Wawona Lodge (the latter being a more scenic option) for photo opportunities galore! Hiking at this time of year is much more pleasant than in the oppressive heat of summer—and if you

Winter (December-early April)

Winter sports enthusiasts will appreciate the snow-covered park, particularly the Badger Pass Ski Area, where visitors can enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing. From December to March, daytime temperatures hover in the mid-40s, while nighttime temperatures hover in the low 20s. April temperatures rise slightly, with lows in the mid-30s and highs in the mid-50s. Regardless, except for the Yosemite Valley and Wawona areas, the majority of the park is closed to cars, except the Badger Pass Ski Area. During this time, tire chains may be required to access park roads. If you're willing to put up with the weather, you'll get the best deal on accommodations during this time. Room rates will be at their lowest, and there will be no crowds.

The worst time to visit Yosemite

There are very few bad times of year to visit Yosemite National Park, with a waterfall in the winter, wildflowers in the summer, and fewer crowds in the seasons in between. The worst time to visit is different for everyone, and it all depends on what they want to do (and what they want to avoid).

Summer is defined by backcountry hiking, sunny weather, and pleasant camping weather. Traffic jams, crowded viewing platforms, and limited accommodations all contribute. Summer is the worst time to visit Yosemite if crowds ruin your vacation. The months of November through May are dominated by snow sports and subzero temperatures. This makes winter the worst time to work on short-sleeved projects. The seasons of spring and autumn. Spring and fall are usually good times to travel to Yosemite. These months in between also come with variable weather forecasts and freezing conditions that might not satisfy fair-weather explorers.


I hope the information we provided helps you decide when to visit Yosemite National Park. The views are truly amazing, and something is exciting about seeing snow in abundance. Of course, you can enjoy a scenic view no matter what time of year you visit, but if you're looking for the most delightfully picturesque and minimally touristy trip, winter is the best choice for you. Is there anything else we should know about visiting Yosemite National Park? Let us know in the comments below!

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