Best Time to Visit Yosemite to Avoid Crowds

Yosemite National Park is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and iconic landmarks, attracting millions of visitors annually. This well-deserved popularity leads to larger crowds during peak travel seasons – so many may argue that the best time to visit Yosemite to avoid crowds is in early spring, late fall, and winter.

Read on to find out how to get the most out of Yosemite National Park in early spring, late fall, and winter! 


Yosemite Falls during the spring season.

Early Spring

The winter snow begins to melt in early spring, making way for bright wildflowers and luscious greenery. The park’s waterfalls are at peak flow during this time due to the melting snow, and create a spectacular sight to see. Temperatures are mild in Yosemite between April and May, ranging between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (F) daily, the perfect weather for outdoor exploration. 

Guests at Rush Creek Lodge can hike the Mist Trail or Lower Yosemite Falls Trail to see the waterfalls at their best, watch for wildlife waking up from their winter hibernation, and enjoy various seasonal activities offered by Rush Creek Lodge, like stargazing and nightly s’mores by their outdoor fireplace. 

Planning a spring visit to Yosemite? Save on your spring trip at Rush Creek Lodge when you pick the Yosemite Spring Savings package.


A father and son hiking a Yosemite valley.

Late Fall

Another one of the best times to visit Yosemite National Park to avoid crowds is late fall, October through November. Summer crowds dwindle away and the park transforms into a quieter, even more peaceful experience, enhanced by vibrant autumn colors. Average temperatures between 40 and 70 degrees F provide comfortable conditions for any kind of exploration. 

Guests at Evergreen Lodge can enjoy the outdoor hot tub and solar heated pool, perfect to relax muscles after a long day on the trails. Hot tub stargazing is a guest favorite in the cooler months. 

Evergreen Lodge offers Yosemite Fall packages, letting the rates fall with the leaves: on select dates in October and November, save up to 15% off your Evergreen Lodge cabin rental. 

Evergreen Lodge and Rush Creek Lodge also have a full schedule of festivities planned for Thanksgiving week, including a Thanksgiving feast and sunset hayride. 


Happy snowshoers in the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias.


Winter is the best time to visit Yosemite to avoid crowds if you’re ready to take on the snow. Challenge yourself on a snowshoe hike, check out ice skating nearby, or cozy up by the fire back at the lodge. See how the landscape changes in the snow, and keep your eye out for wildlife wearing their majestic winter coats!

The park receives snowfall that renders some areas inaccessible, so make sure to check the park’s official website for road closures and conditions

Guests at Evergreen Lodge save up to 25% off with rates as low as $176 nightly with the Yosemite Holiday Breakaway Special, inviting you to rest and recharge between the exciting but hectic holiday season. 

To avoid the crowds and experience the serene beauty of Yosemite National Park, consider planning your visit during the early spring, late fall, or winter.

Rush Creek Lodge and Evergreen Lodge offer a host of daily activities during these times. From hiking and wildlife spotting to s’mores and snowshoeing, you can have a great time in Yosemite while avoiding the crowds when you plan a stay with Rush Creek Lodge , Evergreen Lodge, or Firefall Ranch.