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Yosemite National Park, California
Half Dome

Half Dome, viewed from Columbia Point

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What to See: The following are all accessible and reachable by shuttle:

  • Yosemite Valley Visitor Center: Exhibits, bookstore, theater
  • Yosemite Museum: art gallery, Demonstrations, giant sequoia tree, interpretive ranger
  • Indian Village of Ahwahnee: Reconstructed Indian Village of Ahwahnee with outdoor displays
  • The Ansel Adams Gallery: The work of Ansel Adams, contemporary photographers, and other artists
  • Yosemite Art Center: Art classes are offered during the summer and fall. Call 209-372-1442 for more information.
  • Lower Yosemite Fall: The world’s fifth tallest waterfall

Where to Stay: Three campgrounds in the Valley offer accessible campsites, suitable for wheelchairs: Lower Pines, Upper Pines, and North Pines. Specific sites have accessible fire rings and picnic tables with extended tops. Electric power to charge a wheelchair can be found at Lower Pines.

Other options include the following lodges/hotels: The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge, Curry Village, and Housekeeping Camp.

Amenities: Manual wheelchairs and electric scooters can be rented at the bicycle-rental stand at Yosemite Lodge and Curry Village. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 209-372-8319.

Free accessible shuttle buses also run in several areas of the park and have wheelchair lifts and tie-downs. For more information, call 209-372-1240.

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