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Winter Adventures in Yosemite National Park

Winter Adventures in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is one of the country’s most iconic—and most visited—national parks, often filled with so many people in the summer months that it can be hard to find a peaceful nature experience. In the winter months, however, the nearly empty park is often blanketed in snow, providing crowd-free activities that show off its natural wonders.

 

Snowshoeing

If hiking is your usual mountain activity, then low-impact snowshoeing is the way to go in the winter. Book a guided tour so you don’t have to worry about following a map as you traverse the snow-covered wilderness of Yosemite Valley, the giant sequoia grove, the high country, or other park locations. Most tours typically include use of equipment, so you won’t have to rent your own snowshoes and poles.

 

Cross-Country Skiing

Unlike downhill skiing—where you take a lift up the mountain, zoom down, and repeat—cross-country skiing is done on flat terrain or rolling hills, providing a good workout while you explore the winter landscape. In Yosemite, the Crane Flat area is home to marked winter trails such as the Crane Flat Lookout Trail and South Landing Road Trail. Trails are designated “easiest,” “more difficult,” and “most difficult” and are used by snowshoers, too.

 

Photography

Follow in the footsteps of photographer Ansel Adams, who took some of his most famous shots in Yosemite. Book a photography tour of the park in winter as the season provides more solitude for getting shots without people in them, as well as a different perspective on nature, especially if it’s snowing. Note, however, that various sections of the park are closed in winter, so photo locations may be limited.

 

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Most visitors to this area of California who want to ski and snowboard head to one of Lake Tahoe’s many resorts, but Yosemite does have its own designated space: Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly known as Badger Pass). The resort features gear rental, a handful of chairlifts, a terrain park, a tubing hill, lesson for kids, and 10 runs that range from beginner to intermediate to advanced.

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Yosemite Valley Winter Hiking Tour

Yosemite Valley Winter Hiking Tour

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While Yosemite is at its most popular during the warm summer months, the beloved National Park is equally in the winter months, with fewer crowds and beautiful snowfall on many of the valley's surrounding peaks. Withthis customizable winter tour, you'll get to experience Yosemite in a way that interests you, with a wide option of activities running from hikes to museum tours.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.00
Price varies by group size
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$234.00
Price varies by group size

Giant Sequoia Snowshoe and Yosemite Valley Waterfalls Adventure

Giant Sequoia Snowshoe and Yosemite Valley Waterfalls Adventure

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The perfect way to experience Yosemite this winter! Before we drink our hot cocoa and stand in awe under the largest tree species on earth, we'll enjoy an incredible hike or introductory snowshoe along an historic stagecoach road into the Tuolumne Grove. After a delicious made to order hiker's lunch (included), you'll experience all of Yosemite Valley's incredible waterfalls, including the Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America! We'll also see Yosemite Valley's most iconic landmarks and vistas on this fun and informative naturalist tour! Note: Snowshoeing is dependent on season and snow levels. Points of Interest: Giant Sequoias Yosemite Falls, Ribbon Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Horsetail Falls, Staircase Falls, Sentinel Falls, Tamarack Falls, The Cascades, Half Dome, El Capitan and Tunnel View
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$293.44
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$293.44

Private Guided Snowshoe Hike in Yosemite

Private Guided Snowshoe Hike in Yosemite

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Discover the stunning winter scenery of Yosemite National Park on a guided snowshoe hike that goes deep into the frozen landscape. Join a group of beginning snowshoers, or take on an extended trail for this 4- or 6- hour adventure, and watch for the tracks that deer, coyote, bobcats and bears leave in the pristine snow. See the Yosemite Valley or the High Country, take in views of soaring rocks with an icy glaze, and experience the remarkable tranquility of this park’s quietest season.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$250.00
Price varies by group size
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$250.00
Price varies by group size
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Giant Sequoia Grove Hike or Snowshoe

Giant Sequoia Grove Hike or Snowshoe

Discover the towering Giant Sequoia trees of Yosemite during the winter on this half-day snowshoe hike. Hike through the Tuolumne and Merced groves to marvel at these 3,000-year old trees that reach heights upwards of 300 feet. Traverse the dense forests with hiking shoes or snowshoes, if there is a lot of snow on the ground, and learn about the biodiversity of the park.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.00
Price varies by group size
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$234.00
Price varies by group size

Snowshoeing Adventure to Badger Pass and Dewey Point

Snowshoeing Adventure to Badger Pass and Dewey Point

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Spend the day traversing Yosemite’s backcountry from Badger Pass to Dewey Point. Strap on snowshoes and embrace the cold as you traverse the winter wonderland and get panoramic views of Yosemite, including El Capitan. This hike reaches heights of 7,200 feet and ranges from moderate to difficult. There's also the option to extend the hike to Crocker Point or Stanford Point for a max round trip circuit of 10.5 miles.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$234.00
Price varies by group size
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$234.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures