Yosemite Village


Yosemite Visitor Center

Yosemite Village is the main visitor area where you’ll find the Valley Visitor Center, a source of historical and useful information to make your visit to Yosemite even more memorable. There may be moments of feeling overwhelmed or confused because there is so much to see and do – when that happens, reach out to a Park Ranger. They are knowledgable, friendly, and ready to help.

If you arrive in Yosemite Valley in July or August, be prepared; this is the height of the tourism season. The number of park visitors for 2014 was recorded at 4,029,416.

Yosemite Village is located along the north side of the Yosemite Valley floor 27 miles (43 km) northeast of Mariposa at an elevation of 3996 ft. (1218 m). It is the largest developed region in the Valley.

There are a number of services and facilities available in the village: lodging, grocery store, convenience stores, gift shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, bicycle rentals, ATM machine, a medical clinic, dental services, main post office, fire station, a school (kindergarten through eighth grade), and the park’s headquarters – National Park Service.


Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

A nearby prominent waterfall – Yosemite Falls – ranks number 5 out of the 10 tallest waterfalls in the world (2,425 ft.) and holds the undisputed title of the tallest waterfall in North America. By comparison Niagara Falls is only 167 ft. high.


Looking for a place to stay? Just down the street, approximately 1.6 miles, from Yosemite Village is the Yosemite Lodge At The Falls – a beautiful location for families, group retreats and visitors seeking to blend the comforts of a hotel while exploring the wilderness.

Amenities include wireless internet, TV, and a refrigerator. The Olympic size pool may seem out of place among the nearby waterfalls. The hotel does not have air conditioning in any guest accommodations, however, the provided fan works very nicely pulling in the cool outdoor air inside. Yosemite Lodge also offers a restaurant and a bar/lounge area to help wind down an eventful day.

Food & Beverages

Degnan’s Deli
A popular place at lunchtime. Sandwiches are a big item ($5-$9) either pre-made or made-to-order. Salads, vegetarian and gourmet foods, snacks, espresso and other beverages are also available.(Open year-round, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Degnan’s Cafe
Offers coffee drinks, ice cream and bakery goods.
(Open in the summer only, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Degnan’s Loft
The pizza is good, and includes a variety of toppings from chicken and pesto to olives and pepperoni. Drinks of your choice: sodas, wine and beer.
(Open in the summer only, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. M-F, Noon to 9 p.m. Sat-Sun)

Village Grill
Serves hamburgers, veggie burgers, fish sandwiches, chicken strips, onion rings, fries and the like. No inside seating – eat at a table on the deck or take it away.
(Open spring through fall, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Grocery, Books, & Gifts

Village Store Gift/Grocery
A general merchandise store offering groceries, clothing, camping supplies, books, magazines, postcards, gifts, souvenirs and an ATM machine.
(8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Yosemite Bookstore – Visitor Center
Attached to the Valley Visitor Center, the bookstore offers an array of Yosemite Association and National Park Service guidebooks, maps, posters, children books and videos about the natural and human history of the park.
(9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Village Sport Shop
Fishing license, hiking shoes, sun glasses, sun screen, sun hats, air mattresses, walking sticks, daypacks, fanny packs – with the exception of mountain climbing equipment, which can be found in Curry Village, the Sport Shop has it all for outdoor fun.
(Open spring through fall, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Habitat Yosemite
Sells sculpture, bears in all forms – stuffed and carved, jewelry, wind chimes, music, videos and toys, games, books for children.
(Open spring through fall, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Museums & Galleries

The Ansel Adams Gallery
The gallery offers the work of Ansel Adams, other photographers and artists, camera walks, workshops, and classes. For more information on activities, call 209/372-4413, or visit www.anseladams.com.
(9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Yosemite Art & Education Center
Free art classes are offered for adults. Children over 10 may participate when accompanied with a parent/guardian. Topics of interest include nature sketching, watercolors and silk-screening.(Wednesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Yosemite Museum
Indian Cultural Exhibit – Interprets the cultural history of Yosemite’s Miwok and Paiute people from 1850 to the present. Also, rotating works of artists-in-residence are on display in the museum gallery.
(9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Yosemite Museum Store
Offers books about Native American history and culture, traditional American Indian arts and crafts such as beadwork, leather items, beautiful jewelry, and fine baskets.
(9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May close for lunch)

Post Office

Main Post Office
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Medical Services

Yosemite Medical Clinic
Emergency care: 24 hours daily
Drop-in and urgent care: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Appointments: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F, located on Ahwahnee Drive
Call 209/372-4637

Dental Services

Next to Yosemite Medical Clinic
Call 209/372-4200 or 209/372-4637

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