Yosemite Guided Bus Tours

Whether you're interested in cultural and natural history, astronomy - or you just want to see Yosemite National Park’s legendary big trees - our Yosemite bus tours offer just the thing to satisfy your curiosity. 

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Latitude: 37.74343 Longitude: -119.598166 Elevation: 3970 ft

Areas of Service and Expertise

What better way to discover the Park's incredible scenery and hidden secrets than by letting our professional Yosemite tour guides introduce you to the wonders of the land they call home? For additional information on any of the Park's Yosemite bus tours - or to make your reservations - please visit the following tour desks or give us a call at the numbers listed below:   

  • Yosemite Lodge Tour & Activity Desk (located in the lobby of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls)
  • Curry Village Tour & Activity Desk (located next to the Curry Village®registration desk - open summer only)
  • Village Area Tour & Activity Desks (located in front of the Village Store - open summer only)
  • By calling x1240 from any house phone, unless otherwise noted
  • By calling (209) 372-4FUN (4386)
  • The Big Trees Tram Tour is available on a first-come first-served basis only at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Reservations are not available.

Reservations can be made for most, but not all Yosemite tours.  Same day reservations may be available depending on space.  In the summer, advance reservations are recommended.

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

Valley Floor Tour
- On this year-round, two-hour tour, Rangers introduce some of Yosemite’s most famous sightseeing points in Yosemite Valley and describe the history, geology, plant and animal life of the region. Open-air trams operate from late spring through early fall. From late October through April, you can ride in an enclosed and heated motor coach.  The Valley Floor Tour has a new supplemental audio tour available for no additional charge to guests who would prefer to listen to the tour in Spanish.

Glacier Point Tour - The Glacier Point Tour is a spectacular four-hour round-trip journey that takes you from the valley to Glacier Point, which towers 3,200 feet above the valley floor and offers  panoramic views of Yosemite Falls, Nevada and Vernal Falls, as well as the magnificent High Sierra in the distance. Glacier Point tours also offers a one-way ticket for adventurers wishing to hike down on their own. This tour operates from late spring to early fall, conditions permitting. 

Grand Tour - The full-day Yosemite Grand Tour combines the Valley Floor Tour, Big Trees Tram and Glacier Point Tours into one. Bring your camera and lots of film for some breathtaking views as you explore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point.

Tuolumne Meadows Tour - An all-day adventure to the best kept secret in Yosemite: Tuolumne Meadows! Wild flowers, breathtaking vistas, granite domes and peaks, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails await you.  The Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus is also a popular option for backpackers and day-hikers who want to hike from Tuolumne Meadows back down into the Valley, as well as for guests who want to see this remarkable area without having to drive themselves.

Big Trees Tram Tour - The Big Trees Tram Tour is a fascinating audio tour of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Share the wonder of this ancient and beautiful grove as you hear about the history these magnificent trees have seen. This Yosemite audio tour is available in English, French, Spanish, Japanese and German.

Moonlight Tour - Following the same route as the Valley Floor Tour, participants ride in an open-air “green dragon” tram under the glow of a full moon. These two-hour Yosemite night tours take place during the full-moon from May through October, conditions permitting

Stargazing Tour - This night tour begins with a guided bus tour to Glacier Point, on which you will learn about Yosemite's diverse natural and cultural history.  At Glacier Point, you will have time to enjoy the breathtaking panoramas of Yosemite Falls, Nevada and Vernal Falls, and Half Dome, before the climax of the evening - an exciting 1-hour astronomy program under the stars.

Eco-Friendly Notes

DNC Parks and Resorts, Inc. created GreenPath®. GreenPath is a formal, documented and comprehensive environmental preservation plan, and covers just about everything we could think of to preserve and protect our natural resources. This plan is woven into everything we do - from contributions to environmental organizations to employee volunteerism. GreenPath is our way of making sure that our treasures are available for generations to come.

ADA Accessibility Notes

All tours are wheelchair accessible, but advance notice is required.  A sign interpreter is available year-round with at least two week’s advance notice.

Pet Friendly Notes

All bus tours, lodging and restaurants within Yosemite National Park do not allow pets. In Yosemite, pets are allowed on fully paved trails and roads, on a leash six feet or shorter, and cannot be left unattended.

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