You’ve seen all the pictures, but you really can’t understand until you are there and surrounded by all that is Yosemite Valley. Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, ancient giant sequoias, the list goes on.
Yosemite Valley is one of the most spectacular places on earth. It is Heaven on Earth for photographers. Many people like to visit in the spring when the falls are at their fullest. The winter is also stunning, especially the day after it snows.
No matter how many times you've photographed Yosemite Valley, each visit will give you a unique set of images. The mixture of sun and clouds dancing across the granite and lighting up the waterfalls creates a magical look that will show up on your photographs.
There's no bad time of day to take pictures in Yosemite Valley. Get there early for the morning light, or get there late for the afternoon sun. You can create images that have an out-of-this-world mysterious glow by photographing Yosemite Valley during a full moon. Even more exciting, go during the new moon, and grab some shots of the Milky Way from Tunnel View.
There's a whole lot more to see in Yosemite than just the Valley. The park includes 1,200 square miles of natural beauty. Late spring, summer and fall is when you can venture out past Yosemite Valley and take the roads that are closed in the winter and early spring. Keep checking our website as we feature other places in Yosemite on our "Best Places to Take Pictures In and Around Fresno" webpage.
- 80 miles north of Fresno on Highway 41
- Best time to go: Anytime
- Check website for restrictions and possible closures
- Entry fee: $35 per vehicle
- Walking required