Two weeks ago, we wrote about the retreat of winter in Yosemite as spring approaches. But Yosemite remains unpredictable.
This past week, colder temperatures – along with more snow and precipitation – returned, bringing beautiful winter views to the park once again, along with welcome additions to the Sierra snowpack as California prepares for yet another year of drought conditions.
Winter peace and solitude can be found even in the normally busiest parts of Yosemite Valley, such as this location just off Southside Drive, with spectacular views of both El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall.
See the interactive 360° VR view at https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node194.
Yosemite in winter has few crowds. However, visitors should be prepared for dramatic and sometimes harsh weather conditions. Driving into Yosemite Valley does require advance preparation, with snow tires and chains often required for your vehicle.
Be sure to check current road conditions before attempting to drive into the park during winter, by calling 209-372-0200 (press 1, then 1), and online here.
Vehicles without required equipment may be denied entry at park entrance gates.
©2019 Photography by Scott Highton
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