About Yosemite


October 1, 1890, John Muir and his peers pushed for legislation and action to safeguard nature. The president at the time, Benjamin Harrison, had signed a bill to officially make Yosemite a national park. Interestingly, Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were designated as national parks in 1864 through a land grant provided by President Lincoln at the time, but they were not included until 1906. The 1890 decree established a buffer zone surrounding the Valley and Grove.



Museums Near Yosemite National Park

Only one hour from Yosemite's South Gate, this museum will give information on seeing the various historical and recreational places as well as an appreciation for the history around Yosemite.

Raymond Museum

This place is the subject of a unique collection of antiquities and historical things.

Coarsegold Historic Museum

The museum is centered on two 1870s residences that have been repaired and decorated.

Fresno Flats Museum

Take a step back in time as you travel into the underground tunnel and learn how gold was harvested in the mid-nineteenth century.

California State Mining and Mineral Museum

This museum offers a once in a life time experience by riding the logging train through a four mile journey.

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

Why Visit a National Park?

National parks are protected pieces of land and bodies of water that the public can access. This allows individuals the opportunity to explore the wilderness and access outdoor activities they wouldn't be able to partake in a city. Some examples would be hiking, kayaking, and so much more.

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