Visiting Yosemite In September

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Yosemite enthusiasts usually visit the Park during off season months.  Fall which starts towards the end of September is one of the best months for hiking and a great time to visit when summer crowds decline dramatically after the Labor Day holiday when children start heading back to school.  Each season in Yosemite offers its own special wonders, and Yosemite’s Fall is no exception. Fall in Yosemite is one of the least crowded times of the year, making it a great time to enjoy the natural beauty of the park without being too interrupted by your fellow man. Opportunities for fun, sightseeing, and wildlife watching are arguably just as prevalent throughout Yosemite in the fall as they are in the summer. Here are just a few great activities that you can enjoy with your loved ones during the fall season in Yosemite.


While the famous waterfalls of Yosemite are usually slowing down in the fall months, the streams below them are extremely active. With less people around to scare the fish, more aquatic life can be seen swimming down the creeks and rivers during the fall. Fishing is open during the fall months of September, October, and November along the lower portion of the Merced River and on Tenaya Lake. The lake offers great fishing for beginners while Merced is an exciting challenge.

Natural beauty

In addition to Yosemite's many Evergreen trees, a wide variety of deciduous trees change color in Yosemite in the fall. The beautiful foliage can be seen throughout the park and ranges in colors from bright yellow to vibrant gold to deep purples and reds. Nature photographers love visiting Yosemite in autumn to get beautiful pictures of the park's amazing colors. Wildflowers often stay in bloom well into the fall, making Yosemite a colorful and alluring place.

Cooler temperatures

While some people prefer the hot sun of summer, sports enthusiasts love coming to Yosemite in the fall to enjoy their favorite activities without being exhausted by the heat. Temperatures in Yosemite remain brisk and inviting well into the fall, creating ideal weather for rock climbers, cyclists, hikers, runners, and other sporting enthusiasts.

Lots to do:

Though some summer activities shut down during the fall, there is still a plethora of opportunities to have fun in Yosemite National Park during the fall months. Tours including the moonlight tour and the open-air tram tour are available throughout the season. You can also enjoy hikes, wildlife watching, bird watching, rock climbing, photography tours, and some water activities. Special activities are also available during the fall including Vintner’s Holidays beginning in early November at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. This special celebration of wines and artisan foods brings many travelers to the park year after year.

Whatever you're planning to do in Yosemite this fall, be sure to book your Yosemite lodging with Scenic Wonders. With over 120 properties to choose from, and four locations to start your adventure.  Yosemite’s Scenic Wonders offers cabin, condominium, and home rentals within the gates and surrounding areas of Yosemite National Park. You'll never be far from your favorite activities with a Yosemite cabin rental from Scenic Wonders. Our Yosemite lodging is the perfect cozy retreat after a long day of exploring the park and enjoying the beautiful foliage of Yosemite’s Fall.


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