How to Get From Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite

View of Tioga Pass on the way from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite

Nestled in the Eastern Sierras, Mammoth Lakes is a premier destination for outdoor adventures. Not only does our mountain town offer an awe-inspiring setting for hiking, biking, and fishing, but we are also less than an hour away from the east entrance of Yosemite National Park. Plan a day trip from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite and experience one of the country’s most spectacular natural wonders this summer. Today, we will highlight everything you need to know about getting to the park and what to do when you’re there. Read on to learn more about visiting Yosemite with 1849 Mountain Rentals:

How to Get There

Tioga Pass Road is the only road connecting Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite. Please keep in mind that Tioga Pass is closed in the winter and usually opens for the season in late May or June. Check updates on the Tioga Pass road status here before planning your trip. 

Let someone else drive and access the park via the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System. They provide transportation from July to September, with weekend services in June and September and daily trips throughout July and August. Make reservations online and depart for your adventures from The Village at Mammoth Lakes!

As of 2024, reservations are required to enter Yosemite National Park from April to October. Please book your reservation in advance to ensure a spot. 

5 Things to Do at Yosemite National Park

Travel along Tioga Road and stop at these impressive sights on your way from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite:

  1. Visit one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada, Tuolumne Meadows. Choose from several day hikes in the meadow and hike past rivers, mountain peaks, glacially carved domes, and wildflowers.
  2. Cool down from the summer heat at the largest lake in Yosemite’s high country, Tenaya Lake. Enjoy scenic mountain views as you swim, paddle, or picnic at the lake. 
  3. Stop at Olmsted Point along Tioga Road for inspiring views of Yosemite Valley and the iconic Half Dome summit. 
  4. Hike through the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and marvel at two dozen towering trees in the grove. 
  5. If you are willing to drive longer, we recommend driving 2.5 hours to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. There, you can discover some of the park’s most iconic attractions, including Yosemite Falls, Tunnel View, and El Captain Meadow. 

Reserve Your Mammoth Lakes Condo Rental

Travel back from Yosemite to Mammoth Lakes and unwind in your spacious condo with 1849 Mountain Rentals. Our condos range from one to five bedrooms, so groups of all sizes can experience Mammoth this summer. Enjoy amenities like fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, complimentary WiFi, parking, and free firewood. Whichever slopeside condo rental you choose, you’ll have more space to enjoy with friends and family!