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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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Best of Yosemite Small Group Tour: Giant Sequoias & Glacier Point

Best of Yosemite Small Group 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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$149.00
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One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias

One Day In Yosemite Private Tour: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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$307.70
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$234.00
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$234.00
Price varies by group size
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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