Yosemite National Park

10 Must-See Sights in Yosemite National Park


Yosemite transforms into a true winter wonderland full of recreation and relaxation options amid spectacular scenery. Bundle up and have fun!

See the Half Dome and El Capitan, two famous landmarks, framed by a dusting of new powder. Bridalveil and other frozen waterfalls provide breathtaking backgrounds.

Wintery Landscapes

Take a showshoe ride or cross-country ski through snow-covered forests on routes like Glacier Point Road. Take guided walks on snowshoes under a full moon beneath radiant skies.

Snow Adventures

In Half Dome Village, surrounded by towering cliffs and white-dappled oaks, ice skate on the rink. Learn about winter ecology from naturalist programs.

Entertaining Activities

– Tour the holiday decorations at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Warm up by roaring lodge fireplaces with hot cocoa and s'mores after playing in the snow.

Cozy Up

Seek out winter-adapted wildlife, such as bald eagles, jays, woodpeckers, and mule deer. In general, November through March is when bears hibernate.

Creature Spotting

– After all the playing in powder, unwind with a dip in Half Dome Village’s heated pool or book a massage. You’ll have earned some R & R!

Après-Adventure Relaxation

– Take in the magnificent holiday decor and gingerbread house display at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel festively dressed for Christmas.

Indulge in the Holiday Spirit

– Warm up with hearty comfort dishes like braised short ribs or venison stew at the Mountain Room Restaurant.

Wonderful Winter Dining

– Wake up to breathtaking views of Half Dome from your winterized tent cabin at Half Dome Village.

Unique Lodging Experiences

– Watch a fascinating documentary on California condors, Yosemite's history, or the national parks at the Yosemite Theater's movie showings.

Catch a Show

– Join rangers on snowshoe walks to see winter wildlife and learn wilderness survival skills.

Ranger-Led Adventures

– Young adventurers will get a kick out of becoming a Junior Ranger after completing the winter booklet activity packs.