Outdoor ActivitiesWith a variety of outdoor activities and awe-inspiring natural landscapes, there’s no better place to find adventure than Yosemite Valley. Nature enthusiasts enjoy bird-watching and botany, while thrill seekers love the biking, climbing, rafting, and hiking found near the White Chief Mountain Lodge. See below for more activities.
Yosemite Outdoor Activities
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Ice Skating
ADVENTURE AWAITS AROUND EVERY CORNER
Endless outdoor activities and adventures await you here. With Yosemite Valley as one huge natural playground, you’ll marvel at the natural wonders around every corner. Check out some of our guests' favorites below!
This breathtaking waterfall was called "Pohono" by the Ahwahneechee Indians, which means spirit of the puffing wind. The swirling wind often shifts the veil of water and makes for a beautiful view.
Experience the history of the Gold Rush era at this museum, which features over 13,000 mining artifacts, rare specimens of crystalline gold, gems, and mineral specimens, as well as the 13.8-pound Fricot "Nugget"— the largest 19th-century specimen of crystallized gold still in existence.
At 4,000 feet tall, this is the largest single granite rock on earth, drawing rock climbers from around the world.
This turnout along the Merced River overlooks El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall. and the valley.
On the rim of Yosemite Valley, this point looks down 3,214 feet to the valley floor, delivering a breathtaking overlook of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra.
Dominating the valley view, Half Dome rises 4,733 feet, offering a challenging but rewarding hike to the top.
During the Spring and early Summer, Mirror Lake offers impressive views and reflections of Tenaya Canyon. By summer’s end, the lake becomes a meadow.
This grove of giant sequoia stands is a one-mile hike from the parking lot at Crane Flat on Tioga Road.