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Yosemite National Park

Sunset in Yosemite

The nature writer John Muir coined the phrase "Range of Light" for the Sierra Nevada mountains. Nowhere is this special quality more glorious than in Yosemite. Here the sparkling Merced River meanders through wildflower meadows, waterfalls break over granite cliffs into rainbow showers, and sheer rock walls catch fire in the last light of day. Whever you go in Yosemite with kids, you'll be amazed by its natural beauty.

    Yosemite Valley

Tuolumne Meadows

    Glacier Point

Wawona & Mariposa Grove


Tips for Yosemite with kids

family hotels yosemite
Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Yosemite National Park, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids list of best family hotels and vacation rentals for Yosemite, all styles and price ranges, in areas inside or convenient to the national park:

Yosemite family hotels
Yosemite family house rentals
kids books yosemite california
Two Bear Cubs childrens books yosemite  California  
Two Bear Cubs
Robert D. San Souci, Daniel San Souci

Charming retelling of a Miwok legend, two playful bear cubs wander off into Yosemite Valley. While they are napping on a big flat rock, the rock grows taller and taller, and the cubs are lost from view. Fabulous illustrations. (Picture book)


Squirrel and John Muir
Emily Arnold McCully

Delightful tale of a little girl, Floy Hutchings (nickname "Squirrel"), growing up in Yosemite Valley. Along with John Muir, Squirrel hikes in the mountains, listening to the sound of snowflakes falling on the ground and the trees singing in the wind. (Picture book)


Squirrel and John Muir yosemite kids
childrens books yosemite The Camping Trip That Changed America  
The Camping Trip That Changed America
Barb Rosenstock, Mordicai Gerstein

Ride with President Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir ("Teedie" and "Johnnie") through Yosemite, from the redwood groves to high in the mountains, far above the valley below. Hiking on their own and sleeping outdoors, even when it snowed in May, it was simply glorious. (Picture book)


The Tree of Time
Kathy Baron

Before you visit the Mariposa Grove, walk through time as a little tree sprouts in the time of the Romans, grows taller and bigger through the centuries, and is still growing when the pilgrims land on the shore of America. Illustrations and homey details bring the giant sequoias to life. (Picture book)


The Tree of Time sequoias yosemite kids
Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park guidebook  

This is our favorite guidebook for Yosemite day hikes. Detailed maps, driving directions to the trailhead, hiking distances, what to look for along the way, for 80 different hikes. (Guidebook)


(More children's books on other California pages)