Yosemite in April: Best Activities for Late Spring

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Updated 4/11/2018

By April, the Sierra Nevada is truly showing signs of springtime transformation, even as the snowpack still sits deep in the high country. The month is a wonderful time for Yosemite vacations, to usher in the warm season surrounded by mountain beauty.

Places to Go

April is one of the premier times of the year to explore the park's famous heart, Yosemite Valley. This is not least due to the fact that the great waterfalls off the ringing domes and cliffs--such as Yosemite, Bridalveil, and Horsetail--are usually flowing stronger with each passing day as snowmelt sets in across the watersheds. Hetch Hetchy Valley, another great destination for waterfall-lovers, is also quite accessible in April. If you're hoping to explore the giant sequoias of the Mariposa Grove, you may or may not find the road open, but even when closed it's an easy, two-mile hike in to the big trees.


In Yosemite Valley and other lowland sites, April tends to be a mild, enjoyable month weather-wise. You'll typically experience daytime highs in the 60s; it's usually in the 30s at night. Remember to pack for the possibility of rain or even snow.

Hoofing It

The National Park Service notes that the snow level in Yosemite in April is typically around 6,000 feet. Lower-elevation hikes are typically snow-free, and routes to mid-elevations, such as to Vernal Fall, are becoming increasingly accessible. Backpacking opportunities aren't plentiful yet, unless you're an experienced snow-camper.


By April, the wonderful biking paths lacing Yosemite Valley are usually free of snow, and the weather's often conducive to a pedaling sightseeing tour. Yosemite vacations in April are glorious. Let Scenic Wonders be your ticket to an unforgettable springtime experience!

Book Your Yosemite Vacations Today

When you’re planning your Yosemite vacations this winter, consider your Yosemite lodging choices with Scenic Wonders. We offer Yosemite reservations within the gates of the park. With one of our cozy cabins, condominiums, or homes, your Yosemite accommodations will be just minutes from your favorite Yosemite activities. Give us a call at 1-888-YOSEMITE ( 1-888-967-3648) to learn about our rentals and to make your Yosemite reservations today. Yosemite National Park Blog Scenic Wonders’ Yosemite blog provides the latest news related to Yosemite National Park. By reading our blog, you’ll stay up to date on activities, accommodations, and more. Photo credit: judyandrino

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