Our Top-Rated Yosemite National Park guides can’t wait to help you explore this breathtakingly beautiful wilderness nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Established as a national park in 1890, it covers an area of over 750,000 acres. These lands, home to the Ahwahneechee people for as long as 7,000 years, contain evidence everywhere of its rich and storied history.
One of the most iconic features of Yosemite National Park is its towering granite cliffs, including the famous Half Dome and El Capitan. The park also contains numerous waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls, which is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world.
The park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including black bears, mule deer, coyotes, and a variety of bird species. In addition to the natural beauty of the park, it also contains numerous hiking trails, campgrounds, rock climbing routes, and scenic drives, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
One of the best times to visit Yosemite is during the spring and summer months, when the weather is mild and the park’s famous wildflowers are in bloom. However, the park is also beautiful during the fall and winter, when the changing leaves and snow-covered landscapes create a picturesque winter wonderland.
Lasting Adventures has been running guide service trips in Yosemite since our founding. Today, we offer a wide variety of adventure options, from backcountry backpacking trips to our top-rated youth programs. You can learn more about the types of trips we offer below, or browse a sortable catalog of our all Yosemite National Park Guide Service adventures by clicking the button below!
One of the most iconic natural wonders in the world, Half Dome draws thousands of hikers and backpackers to its summit every year. Reaching the summit at 8.839’ is a physically difficult and incredibly rewarding experience, and a must-do for any serious hiker. Half Dome requires a long uphill hike at altitude followed by a final 400 foot ascent up the side of the dome using steel cables. Since 1997, we’ve guided groups along every step of this exhilarating experience. Our catalog of Yosemite trips includes several backpacking trips that summit Half Dome, as well as our signature Half Dome in a Day Trip. These trips are among our most popular adventures, and for good reason! (All Lasting Adventures trips including required permits.)
Join us for a featured adventure or customize your own Yosemite guided backpacking trip with your family, friends, or group! Our guided multi-day trips can be tailored to your group’s experience and fitness levels, and can feature any number of Yosemite icons on your bucket list. Each of the options on our Yosemite backpacking trips menu offers an entirely unique experience in different areas of Yosemite, but don’t worry—our staff will help you choose! With trips ranging from 3 to 7 days and easy to strenuous, there are options for every visitor. The best part? We provide top-of-the-line gear and gourmet food (did someone say backcountry breakfast burritos?)!
To get the most out of the park on a time crunch, there’s no better experience than a Yosemite National Park guided hike with our knowledgable guides! We offer customizable route options ranging from easy and informative valley tours to intense and adventurous mountain ascents, featuring some of the best trails in Yosemite! Explore the park’s life-changing views and rich history with the knowledgeable eye of our expert staff guiding you through encounters with both icons and local secrets. If you’re looking for a challenge, check out our Extended Yosemite Day hikes (like Half Dome in a Day!) which combine both the wow and excitement factors into an unforgettable experience. We’ll bring gear and snacks!
For many of our Yosemite National Park guides, some of their first and most powerful experiences in the park were on classic, multi-day camping/hiking trips as kids. The convenience of base camping in a car-friendly site gives you the opportunity to explore something new each day with our knowledgeable guides and return to the comfort of your camp at night. Can’t get your own Yosemite camping reservation? No problem! We have reservations readily available to accommodate you.
One of the most comfortable ways to see Yosemite is by adventuring daily and returning to a resort-style lodge at night for private and cozy accommodations, and for this package we have partnered with Rush Creek Lodge! Rush Creek Lodge provides a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience in a hillside woodland setting at the Highway 120 West entrance to Yosemite National Park. The modern-day active traveler will appreciate daily activities in Yosemite followed by a nightly retreat to this top-notch resort complete with a large pool, hot-tubs, plenty of dining options, and a magnificent children’s center. What’s best? All-you-can-eat s’mores every night!
Winter is one of the best times of the year to experience the grandeur and solitude of Yosemite National Park. Each year as the summer crowds head out, Yosemite transforms into a secluded winter wonderland of snow covered cliffs and peaks. This time of year also features rare sights only seen later in the year including the undulating, slushy “Frazil Ice” rivers and an enormous “snow cone” that piles up beneath Yosemite Falls. Allow one of our knowledgeable Yosemite guides to show you all the mystery and wonder Yosemite has to offer in the winter! All tours are private.