Yosemite Wilderness


The Yosemite Wilderness now contains a total of 704,624 acres and is managed by the National Park Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of California. In 1984 the Yosemite Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.Leave No Trace principles:Plan Ahead and PrepareTravel and Camp on Durable SurfacesDispose of Waste ProperlyLeave What You FindMinimize Campfire ImpactsRespect WildlifeBe Considerate of Other VisitorsRegulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.Contact Information:SUPERINTENDENTYosemite National ParkP.O. Box 577Yosemite National Park, CA 95389Phone: 209-372-0200Fax: 209-372-0220Visitor information for deaf/hard of hearing only: 209-372-4726.


Driving DirectionsFrom the North and WestSan Francisco/Bay areaDistance: 195 mi / 314 kmTime:4-5 hoursTake I-580 east to I-205 east to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.SacramentoDistance: 176 mi / 283 kmTime: 4 hoursTake Highway 99 south to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.Reno & Lake TahoeApproximately June through October, conditions permittingDistance: 218 mi / 351 km (Reno)Time: 5 hoursTake US 395 south to Lee Vining; take Highway 120 west into Yosemite National Park (open late May/June through October, depending on conditions).All yearDistance: 315 mi / 507 km (Reno)Time: 8 hoursTake I-80 or I-50 west to Sacramento; take Highway 99 south to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park. From the SouthLos Angeles areaDistance: 313 mi / 504 kmTime: 6 hoursTake I-5 north (or I-405 north to I-5) to Highway 99 north to Highway 41 north (Fresno) into Yosemite National Park.San Diego areaDistance: 441 mi / 710 kmTime: 8 hoursTake I-5 north to Highway 99 to Highway 41 north (Fresno) into Yosemite National Park.Las VegasJune through October, conditions permittingDistance: 350 mi / 560 kmTime: 6-7 hoursTake I-15 west to Barstow; Highway 58 west to the junction with US 395; go north on US 395 to near Lee Vining; take Highway 120 west into Yosemite National Park (open late May/early June through October, depending on conditions).November through MayDistance: 495 mi / 797 kmTime: 8-10 hoursTake I-15 west to Barstow; Highway 58 west to Bakersfield; take Highway 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.




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