The spring and summer months in Yosemite are perfect for those interested in the myriad of activities the park is best known for, like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and wildlife viewing. Located a pretty hour's drive away from Yosemite, Mariposa Lodge offers clean, spacious guest rooms in a location close to Mariposa restaurants and shopping. After a day of outdoor adventures, return to Mariposa Lodge for a warm welcome and some R&R.
Yosemite Spring Activities | April & May
In the spring, snow begins melting as the weather warms, making rivers and creeks swell with water, and causing the park's many waterfalls to be at their peak runoff in May and June. Most of the park is still covered in snow in the spring months, with Tioga and Glacier Point Roads remaining closed until late May, but Wawona, Yosemite Valley, and Hetch Hetchy are typically free of snow by May.
Waterfalls Worth the Hike
Visit Horsetail Falls in mid- to late-February, when, for just a few days, the sun sets in such a way that the falls light up and appear to be on fire—it's become known as the Horsetail Firefall. There are no crowds at this time, and the best place to get a great shot of this marvel is on the road leading out of Yosemite Valley. There's a clearing near a picnic area on this road that offers the best view and photo op.
Bridalveil is the ultimate waterfall in Yosemite—an iconic fall that gets its name from an ongoing windswept spray of water that resembles a bridal veil. This is one of the few falls in the park that flows year-round.
The highest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls is at its most powerful in the spring. The spring is also when you can get a glimpse of the "moonbow" phenomenon, where on a clear night with a bright moon, the light of the moon on the waterfall mist creates a rainbow.
Nevada & Vernal Falls
Nevada and Vernal Falls are the payoff for a hike on the Mist Trail, so named because mist from the falls sprays the path. All along the hike to the falls, you'll witness some spectacular views, but be careful, because the path can get quite slippery. The springtime is the best time to visit these falls.
Yosemite Summer Activities | June-September
Summer is the most crowded time in Yosemite, as all of the areas of the park are accessible since the last of the snow has melted. Wildflowers are all abloom in June in Yosemite Valley and Wawona, with some varieties blooming in Tuolumne Meadows in July.