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How to Spot Wildlife in Yosemite

How to Spot Wildlife in Yosemite

Many make the trip into Yosemite National Park in search of mountain peaks, waterfalls, and the area’s varied wildlife. But it can be hard to spot some of the park’s 400+ species of animals. Here are the best ways to see bears, foxes and more.

Best Ways to Spot Wildlife in Yosemite

  • Visit with an experienced naturalist guide who knows the park well. Tour guides can share the best places to see animals, as well as information about the various species.

  • Head to meadows such as Mariposa Grove and Tuolumne, which are rich habitats where animals are more likely to be seen. At higher elevations, groves of the famous giant sequoias offer bountiful biodiversity.

  • Check in with a National Park Service ranger; they have the latest information and tips for wildlife viewing.

What You Can See

Black bears, mule deer, bobcats, mountain lions, foxes, and bighorn sheep are some of the most commonly spotted mammals at Yosemite National Park. There are also more than 250 species of birds, plus a variety of amphibians and reptiles, including three species that can only be found in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Keep an eye out for turtles, snakes, and the Yosemite toad.

Tips for Wildlife Viewing

  • Stay quiet. Large and small animals will both steer clear of loud noises or rapid movements.

  • Avoid large groups of people. Wild animals are not likely to be found near crowds.

  • Look for animal tracks. Evidence of an animal’s presence is the best clue that they may be nearby.

  • Do not disturb the animals’ habitats. Respect the home of wildlife, and do not cause harm to them or yourself in an attempt to encounter animals.

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Best of Yosemite Small Group Tour: Giant Sequoias & Glacier Point

Best of Yosemite Small Group Tour: Giant Sequoias & Glacier Point

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Explore the best of Yosemite National Park without the hassle of logistics or a crowded shuttle on this small-group tour that makes it easy to explore park highlights like Glacier Point, El Capitan, Tunnel View, and the giant sequoias of Tuolomne Grove. Take in the views while a driver handles the winding roads, and stop for an included picnic lunch at beautiful Cathedral Beach.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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$149.00
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One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias
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One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias

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See what Yosemite has to offer on this packed private sightseeing hike and tour. You’ll get an overview of Yosemite in one day, from Giant Sequoias to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Falls. Stop for hikes, photo ops of iconic landmarks, and swims underneath waterfalls. You’ll hike between 2-6 miles (3.2-6.7 kilometers) with the activity level adjusted based on the preferences of your group.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$307.70
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Private Giant Sequoia Grove Hike

Private Giant Sequoia Grove Hike

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Walk amongst one of the world’s oldest living things: the Giant Sequoia trees of Yosemite National Park. The Tuolumne and Merced Groves are home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world. Reaching heights of 300 feet (91 meters) and living thousands of years. The hike can be customized depending on the group and your guide carries water purification and first aid equipment and other necessities. All profits from this tour support youth summer camp programs in Yosemite.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.00
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$234.00
Price varies by group size