YOSEMITE — A new app will make it easier for visitors to explore the wonders of Yosemite National Park.
Created by Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy, park officials announced Monday, Aug. 5, the new app is now available on iOS as NPS Yosemite National Park and on Android as NPS Yosemite.
“This app features incredible content about what to see and do in Yosemite in different areas of the park during all seasons,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “It’s a great tool intended to enrich visitors’ time in Yosemite.”
App users will find basic information about park services and programs as well as an interactive map designed to help visitors locate iconic features, scenic spots, trailheads and amenities.
The app features one-day itineraries to explore different areas of the park, such as hiking in Yosemite Valley, experiencing the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and picnicking at Tenaya Lake. It also offers self-guided tours to learn about Yosemite’s history and natural phenomena as well as schedules for a variety of activities, including art workshops and theater performances and ranger-guided programs.
The app also provides basic details about bus shuttles, road conditions, parking, where to eat in the park and much more.
“This is a powerful tool to have in your hand to explore and learn about the park,” said Yosemite Conservancy President Frank Dean. “As more people experience Yosemite’s beauty, learn of its history and create memories, it will inspire them to preserve and protect it.”
Yosemite Conservancy donors contributed to building the app. Members of the National Park Service in Yosemite, Yosemite Conservancy and other park partners created the content in the app based on years of experience working with park visitors in and around the Yosemite area.
Most app content can be downloaded before arriving in the park and used offline in areas of limited cell service.
Users are also able to find Yosemite Conservancy-led programs and adventures and link to the Conservancy website to learn more about the organization or to donate.