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Know Before You Go | Yosemite National Park

Whether you're preparing for your upcoming Yosemite adventure or just want to learn more about California's crown jewel, we've got you covered. We've rounded up an array of helpful resources, from wildlife guides and packing tips to compelling first-hand accounts written by Nat Hab travelers and staff.
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Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

Learn about black bears, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, mule deer and more wildlife you may encounter during your explorations of Yosemite National Park.  
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Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

Find out what the typical weather conditions in Yosemite National Park in this month by month breakdown of temperature and precipitation.
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Packing List

Packing List

Check out our comprehensive list of all the clothing and gear you’ll want to pack in preparation of your Yosemite adventure.
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Travel Stories & Articles
Yosemite: Beyond the Yosemite Valley

Yosemite: Beyond the Yosemite Valley

—By Laura Kiniry
Check out some of our favorite spots beyond the Yosemite Valley!
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Protecting Mountain Lions Before They Become an Endangered Species

Protecting Mountain Lions Before They Become an Endangered Species

—By Ruksana Hussain
Discover how to conserve cougars across the U.S. from threats like human encroachment, poaching and hunting, habitat loss, vehicle collisions and pollution.
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A Guide to Outsmarting Crowds at Yosemite National Park

A Guide to Outsmarting Crowds at Yosemite National Park

—By Cathy Brown
Travelers should not let a fear of crowds keep them from enjoying Yosemite in all of its summer splendor. With the proper itinerary and experienced guides, any time of the year is wonderful to get to know this awe-inspiring national park.
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Waterfalls, Lakes & Granite Domes of Yosemite

Waterfalls, Lakes & Granite Domes of Yosemite

—By Emily Goodheart
Enjoy these photos from Expedition Leader Ant Bennet, taken while guiding An Insider’s Journey into Yosemite.
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Hooves and Horns: Ungulates of North America’s National Parks

Hooves and Horns: Ungulates of North America’s National Parks

—By Michelle Peters
See which native North American ungulates you may see on your travels with Nat Hab and learn some fun facts about them!
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Learning from Libby Lightning in Yosemite National Park

Learning from Libby Lightning in Yosemite National Park

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
Our jaws dropped the typical three inches that most visitors’ mandibles do on their initial drive into Yosemite Valley. Seeing El Capitan—one of the largest exposed pieces of granite in the world...
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Video: Hike Yosemite’s Half Dome, in High Definition

Video: Hike Yosemite’s Half Dome, in High Definition

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
Yosemite, one of the most amazing places on our planet, is one of those parks that especially calls to all of those who love high places. And, recently, it became the venue for one of the most spectacular...
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Studying the Structure of Giant Sequoias to Keep Us Safer

Studying the Structure of Giant Sequoias to Keep Us Safer

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
Yosemite National Park’s massive mountains—such as El Capitan, one of the world’s tallest monoliths—and its many waterfalls—such as Yosemite Falls, which drops 2,425 feet and is the highest falls...
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The Ahwahnee: Yosemite’s Iconic National Park Lodge

The Ahwahnee: Yosemite’s Iconic National Park Lodge

—By Emily Goodheart 
A Yosemite nature tour would not be complete without a stay at The Ahwahnee, a gem among national park lodges with a historical legacy. Travelers on An Insider’s Journey into Yosemite will spend three...
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Yosemite National Park Photo Roundup: Waterfalls, Lakes & Granite Domes

Yosemite National Park Photo Roundup: Waterfalls, Lakes & Granite Domes

—By Emily Goodheart 
Yosemite National Park is California’s crown jewel, a rich landscape of imposing granite cathedrals, towering sequoias and majestic waterfalls. Enjoy these photos...
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Bighorn Sheep Return to Their Yosemite Homeland

Bighorn Sheep Return to Their Yosemite Homeland

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
Naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir once referred to them as “the bravest of all Sierra mountaineers.” Who were these intrepid adventurers? Here’s a clue: they had more than two...
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