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Valley Visitor Center

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Must do for first time visitors

If you are visiting the park for the first time, this is a great place to start to get your... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Put the stamps on diary for permanent memory.

Since we came to Yosemite National Park by Yarts bus, we had to come twice- while coming and going... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are visiting the park for the first time, this is a great place to start to get your bearings and chat with a ranger. Be sure to walk through the museum.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since we came to Yosemite National Park by Yarts bus, we had to come twice- while coming and going back. In addition, we came here several times by free shuttle bus. There was lots of information, maps, hiking information and knowing more about the animals....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yosemite does an exceptional job of taking care of its visitors. The Valley Visitor Center is no exception. You have the amenities and aid station you need, you have rangers and volunteers as guides, and you have a number of locations for lunch. What you...More

Thank sschafe5
Reviewed July 24, 2018

Wow. This has been greatly changed and updated since my last visit in the 90s. I was so impressed. The Ansel Adams gallery has greatly increased the merchandise and also has great books now. The museum was very informative, with a very nice art gallery....More

Thank pgreenhalghccc
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Remodeled with new exhibits, history of area, take a with John Muir. Every age will learn new things about Yosemite Indians, Pioneers, Rangers and why it is so special to all who come to take away memories for a lifetime. Take your time to read...More

Thank ginnym92
Reviewed July 10, 2018

The folks here were so helpful and friendly. Lots of information on the park and a store if you want to buy some souvenirs. They have movies, too.

Thank Frank D
Reviewed July 6, 2018

We came to the Visitors Center mid-day after a couple of hikes and lunch. We had done a good bit of research before arrival, but the visitors center was good with displays, helpful staff, movies, restrooms, water fill station, gift shop, and the topographic model...More

1  Thank kmc11_11
Reviewed June 30, 2018

This is where the YARTS bus stops in Yosemite. The center is very helpful with maps and information about the park. The free shuttle of the valley floor also stops here.

Thank journeymaid48
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Just like any National Park Visitors center, Valley Visitors Center is a great place to find information about the park.. You can get information about where to park, what to see, about what trails to hike on based on your skill level. Also they have...More

Thank jeffrey w
Reviewed June 13, 2018

Guidebooks always say to stop at the visitor center, I rarely do. The best part of this one was the exhibit with the trails/mountains/waterfalls.

Thank Peggy S
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July 16, 2016|
Response from TeriPugh | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in El Portal on rt 140. Perfect location. Rented the only house in ElPortal right on the river. It was excellent.
jeremiah l
December 12, 2015|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Maybe the ranger on the Yosemite Facebook page knows. Note that questions posted on the TripAdvisor Yosemite forum will be answered the same day that they are asked. This Q&A feature is seldom viewed by anyone.