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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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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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Discover the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada on this full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Travel aboard a comfortable van through historic Gold Rush towns to reach the park, where you’ll be amazed by supersized natural wonders like Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan. Take a hike among ancient sequoia trees, and enjoy several hours to explore the park’s wonders on your own.
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  • 14 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.00
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

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Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park on this 2-day overnight adventure from San Francisco. Explore highlights of both Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada high country, where you can hike among Giant Sequoias, photograph the spectacular views from Glacier Point, and swim or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore the famous park on your own, and stay overnight either in the heart of Yosemite Valley or at a nearby lodge.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$449.00
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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

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On this 3-day Yosemite camping tour, visit Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide, spending two nights in a tent at a campsite. Enjoy the stunning natural sights of the park, such as Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and go hiking amid the giant sequoia trees. With both guided portions and free time to explore the park on your own, this tour provides a convenient and balanced way to experience one of America’s favorite national parks. Previous camping experience is not required!
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$529.00
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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

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Walk to soaring cliffs and alpine meadows on a private, guided hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. Tailor this 5- or 6-hour trip to your interests and ability, then find your perfect trail into the wilderness. Learn about the history and ecology of the High Sierra as you walk alongside your guide, and find uncrowded paths in the heart of the park. Enjoy a backcountry picnic and discover stunning views of the Yosemite Valley or High Country, or challenge yourself to take on a longer hike with more elevation gain.
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  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

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Explore the stunning trails of Yosemite National Park on this guided hiking excursion. Select a specific hike for your skill level, with options ranging from beginner to strenuous, and enjoy the views from Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, El Capitan, Half Dome and more. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this renowned landscape as you hike in the fresh air. An experienced guide will provide insightful commentary along the way.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
Price varies by group size
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Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson

Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson

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Capture unforgettable images of Yosemite National Park with a 4-hour photography lesson for beginners or advanced photographers. Bring your camera and learn new techniques from an expert instructor, and watch the afternoon light transform the soaring cliffs, alpine rivers and high meadows of this remarkable landscape. Set up at a series of shooting locations that include iconic views and lesser-known sites as you follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams, Carlton Watkins and Edward Weston in California’s most iconic national park.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$575.00
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Yosemite Yoga Hike

Yosemite Yoga Hike

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This unique, unforgettable yoga hike is perfect for all skill and experience levels, even beginners. On this excursion you'll explore your inner peace while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite. Enjoy your journey to a peaceful lake to learn about the history of Vinyasa Flow before settling onto your mat for an enriching session with a master yoga instructor. Fluid poses and gentle breathing techniques are the focus of this yoga practice; you'll be especially inspired in the incredible surroundings.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$485.00
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