We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
Website
Description:

Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.

Book In Advance
More Info
$129.00*
and up
Yosemite and Glacier Point Day Tour
More Info
$260.00*
and up
Private Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco
More Info
$140.00*
and up
Yosemite In A Day Tour from San Francisco

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 793 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 443
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Easy to Miss ... Amazing Sight

We came across this landmark and may have confused it at first with another one. While you are driving along the road be mindful of the signs. It is easy to miss.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sherif S
Add Photo Write a Review

793 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 527: English reviews
Level Contributor
70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came across this landmark and may have confused it at first with another one. While you are driving along the road be mindful of the signs. It is easy to miss.

Helpful?
Thank Sherif S
Louisville, Kentucky
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I hiked 17 miles roundtrip to the top of El Capitan. AMAZING VIEW of the park and Half Dome. Took 9 hrs. I would recommend this hike to anyone who could do it. It is a strenuous uphill hike through various terrians, starting out on paved road, then rock then through a beautiful forest and back on... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jessica0003
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Need to visit Yosemite, you will marvel at all around you and more.. Hike bike or sit and watch the climbers scale the face of this huge monolith

Helpful?
Thank Nancy S
silicon valley
Level Contributor
305 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This magnificent giant is unbelievable from so many views. up close you can see the climbers up high. from a distance it is beautiful.

Helpful?
Thank travel4fun111
Yuba City, United States
Level Contributor
33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Much more impressive in person than in a picture, watched a few climbers as they were climbing the face of El Capitan.

Helpful?
Thank Bradley J
Talbott, Tennessee
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Seeing El Capitan was breathtaking. I had always seen pictures of El Capitan but seeing it is person was thrilling. It is so massive that it is really hard to process. We were there two days and I was truly captivated by El Capitan.

Helpful?
Thank denise050733
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
120 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The view from the valley was amazing and words are weak to describe it. Look for rock climbers in a good weather day. There are several view points to see El Capitan but personally the best is the Valley View, off the northside drive, right before Pohono bridge, where Merced River bends. You can see the reflection of El Capitan... More 

Helpful?
Thank JYCaryNC
Mount Shasta, California
Level Contributor
37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Read up on the history of climbing to gain a better understanding of how this formation has helped to shape the sport. So many interesting characters have climbed here - some of the stories seem unbelievable, but most of them are true. During climbing season, you may be able to see climbers - bring binoculars.

Helpful?
Thank LenticularLemurian
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take some good binoculars and your folding chair to see this sport in beautiful Yosemite Valley! Parking available along the side of the road.

Helpful?
Thank Biztraveler11
Coolum Beach, Australia
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not one picture taken, that can correctly encapsulate the scale of this rock. None of man's creations can compare to El Capitan.

Helpful?
Thank Chris B

Travelers who viewed El Capitan also viewed

Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite National Park, CA
 
Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite National Park, CA
 

Been to El Capitan? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Capitan and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from El Capitan staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?