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How to Spot Wildlife in Yosemite

How to Spot Wildlife in Yosemite

Many make the trip into Yosemite National Park in search of mountain peaks, waterfalls, and the area’s varied wildlife. But it can be hard to spot some of the park’s 400+ species of animals. Here are the best ways to see bears, foxes and more.

Best Ways to Spot Wildlife in Yosemite

  • Visit with an experienced naturalist guide who knows the park well. Tour guides can share the best places to see animals, as well as information about the various species.

  • Head to meadows such as Mariposa Grove and Tuolumne, which are rich habitats where animals are more likely to be seen. At higher elevations, groves of the famous giant sequoias offer bountiful biodiversity.

  • Check in with a National Park Service ranger; they have the latest information and tips for wildlife viewing.

What You Can See

Black bears, mule deer, bobcats, mountain lions, foxes, and bighorn sheep are some of the most commonly spotted mammals at Yosemite National Park. There are also more than 250 species of birds, plus a variety of amphibians and reptiles, including three species that can only be found in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Keep an eye out for turtles, snakes, and the Yosemite toad.

Tips for Wildlife Viewing

***Stay quiet.**Large and small animals will both steer clear of loud noises or rapid movements.

***Avoid large groups of people.**Wild animals are not likely to be found near crowds.

***Look for animal tracks.**Evidence of an animal’s presence is the best clue that they may be nearby.

***Do not disturb the animals’ habitats.**Respect the home of wildlife, and do not cause harm to them or yourself in an attempt to encounter animals.

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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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Discover the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada on this full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Travel aboard a comfortable van through historic Gold Rush towns to reach the park, where you’ll be amazed by supersized natural wonders like Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan. Take a hike among ancient sequoia trees, and enjoy several hours to explore the park’s wonders on your own.
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  • 14 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.00
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

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Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park on this 2-day overnight adventure from San Francisco. Explore highlights of both Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada high country, where you can hike among Giant Sequoias, photograph the spectacular views from Glacier Point, and swim or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore the famous park on your own, and stay overnight either in the heart of Yosemite Valley or at a nearby lodge.
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  • 2 days
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$449.00
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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

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On this 3-day Yosemite camping tour, visit Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide, spending two nights in a tent at a campsite. Enjoy the stunning natural sights of the park, such as Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and go hiking amid the giant sequoia trees. With both guided portions and free time to explore the park on your own, this tour provides a convenient and balanced way to experience one of America’s favorite national parks. Previous camping experience is not required!
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  • 3 days
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$529.00
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Yosemite 3-Day Camping Tour

Yosemite 3-Day Camping Tour

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Explore Yosemite in a sleeper coach with a group of like-minded alternative travelers and backpackers. Spend three days hiking and listening to guided commentary, sleeping in the coach each night. Swim at Mono Lake, hike in a sub-alpine meadow, and camp outside if you wish.
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  • 3 days
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4 Day Sierra Nevada Tour of Yosemite and Tahoe from San Francisco

4 Day Sierra Nevada Tour of Yosemite and Tahoe from San Francisco

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Experience the grandeur of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountain range including Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes. This 4-day excursion, departing from San Francisco, takes you into the rugged Ansel Adams Wilderness and introduces other landmarks including Yosemite’s giant sequoias, Devil’s Postpile National Monument and the ghost town of Bodie State Historic Park. You’ll discover an outdoor playground filled with pristine lakes and sweeping vistas, with the option to kayak, stand-up paddleboard or bike around Lake Tahoe. Overnight hotel or camping  accommodation is included on this small-group tour by minibus.
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  • 4 days
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Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Day Tour

Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Day Tour

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Explore glacially-formed cliffs, wildflower-speckled meadows, and hike to the towering Sequoias in the heart of Yosemite’s dynamic wilderness. Immerse yourself in our day-long tour with our professional guides as they lead you through not only Yosemite Valley but also to see the ancient Giant Sequoias of Tuolumne Grove. You’ll capture the endless skylines, rock formations, and waterfalls as you enjoy an overview of how Yosemite Park’s unique landscape was formed, who came before, and how the park became the nation’s first ever protected national park. Next, strap up your hiking boots and embark on the 2.5 mile (4 km) round trip hike down to the Sequoia Grove which most day tour visitors do not get the chance to see. With 1.5 hours of free time in Yosemite Valley you’ll also get the chance to wander through the picturesque meadows, check out the Visitor’s Center or just find a serene overlook to sit and reflect.
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  • 14 hours
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Best of Yosemite Tour: Giant Sequoias & Glacier Point

Best of Yosemite Tour: Giant Sequoias & Glacier Point

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Scattered across sprawling and mountainous Yosemite National Park, lie spectacular views and sky-high trees. Join us on this small-group tour of Yosemite's most photographed landmarks, many of which most park visitors never even see. Within our small-groups you'll be accompanied by an expert driver & guide to witness waterfalls, hike between towering Giant Sequoias, enjoy a beach-side box lunch and photograph the famous viewpoints of Tunnel View and Glacier Point. Leave your car outside the park while you sit back, relax and leave the winding mountain driving to us. Don't forget your camera! This tour is a photographer's paradise.
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  • 8 hours
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Just One Day In Yosemite: Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias

Just One Day In Yosemite: Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias

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See what Yosemite has to offer on this packed private sightseeing hike and tour. You’ll get an overview of Yosemite in one day, from Giant Sequoias to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Falls. Stop for hikes, photo ops of iconic landmarks, and swims underneath waterfalls. You’ll hike between 2-6 miles (3.2-6.7 kilometers) with the activity level adjusted based on the preferences of your group.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Giant Sequoia Grove Hike

Private Giant Sequoia Grove Hike

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Walk amongst one of the world’s oldest living things: the Giant Sequoia trees of Yosemite National Park. The Tuolumne and Merced Groves are home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world. Reaching heights of 300 feet (91 meters) and living thousands of years. The hike can be customized depending on the group and your guide carries water purification and first aid equipment and other necessities. All profits from this tour support youth summer camp programs in Yosemite.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.00
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Yosemite Classic Camping Trips

Yosemite Classic Camping Trips

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Our Classic Camping/Hiking Adventure is a traditional way of visiting Yosemite without the “roughing-it” experience of a backpacking trip. We will shuttle out daily from our campsite, with daypacks and lunch in hand, to our selected hiking destinations. As the #1 guide service in Yosemite, our tours highlight a variety of iconic and popular features throughout the park as well as some of the lesser known gems. We will hike to the top of giant waterfalls, along glacially polished granite, through alpine meadows full of wildflowers, and past giant sequoia trees. We will stand atop granite domes and reach the top of a major summit. Along the way, your professional and knowledgeable guide will share the history of Yosemite as well as information about the geology, natural history, plants, and animals of the area.
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  • 5 days
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$1,834.62
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