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Yosemite National Park

Sunset in Yosemite

Sierra Nevada mountains of California are called the "range of light." Nowhere is this special quality more glorious than in Yosemite. Here the sparkling Merced River meanders through wildflower meadows, waterfalls break over granite cliffs into rainbow showers, giant sequoias tower in the sky, and sheer rock walls catch fire in the last light of day. Wherever you go in Yosemite with kids, you'll be amazed by its natural beauty.

Tip: Read our blog post "Where to Stay in Yosemite"

    Yosemite Valley

Tuolumne Meadows

    Glacier Point

Mariposa Grove & Wawona


Tips for Yosemite with kids

family hotels yosemite
Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Yosemite National Park, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids list of best family hotels for Yosemite, all styles and price ranges, in areas inside or convenient to the national park:

Yosemite family hotels
yosemite family vacation rentals

Family friendly vacation rentals in Yosemite, all styles and price ranges, inside the park.

Yosemite family house rentals
kids books yosemite california

Find out about Yosemite National Park – how the valley was formed by glaciers, amazing rock formations, giant waterfalls, towering sequoias, wildlife (bobcats, golden eagles, mule deer, butterflies, marmots), Native Americans and explorers, conservation and protecting the park. (Easy reader)


The Camping Trip That Changed America
Barb Rosenstock, Mordicai Gerstein

Ride with President Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir through Yosemite, from the giant sequoia groves to Glacier Point, far above the valley below. Hiking on their own and sleeping outdoors, even when it snowed in May, it was simply glorious. Roosevelt went on to preserve America's wilderness. (Picture book)


childrens books yosemite The Camping Trip That Changed America
John Muir - kids books Yosemite  
John Muir
Thomas Locker

John Muir first saw Yosemite Valley when he was herding sheep, and was so enchanted, he made Yosemite his home. Muir explored the mountains, observed the wildlife, plants and trees, and helped to create the national park. This is his story. (Picture book)


Two Bear Cubs
Robert D. San Souci, Daniel San Souci

Charming retelling of a Miwok legend, two playful bear cubs wander off into Yosemite Valley. While they are napping on a big flat rock, the rock grows taller and taller, and the cubs are lost from view. Fabulous illustrations. (Picture book)


Two Bear Cubs childrens books yosemite  California
the sequoia lives on  
The Sequoia Lives On
Joanna Cooke, Fiona Hsieh

Before a visit to the Mariposa Grove, discover wonders of giant sequoias, from tiny seeds released by fire or forest animals, growing to become the largest trees on earth, and living for thousands of years. (Picture book)


Yosemite National Park
Audra Wallace

Explore Yosemite with Ranger Red Fox – giant rock formations like Half Dome, wild water falls, towering trees, amazing animals, mini-field guide, leaf tracker, map. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)


yosemite national park

"How big is Yosemite Falls?"
"How small is a sequoia cone?"
Delightful introduction to Yosemite landscape and wildlife for toddlers, beautifully illustrated! (Board books)



Not a kids book, we always bring this field guide with us on our trips to Yosemite. Sections organized by trees, wild flowers, fish, birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, animal tracks, making it easy to identify what you'll see in the national park. (Guidebook)


Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park guidebook  

This is our favorite guidebook for Yosemite day hikes. Detailed maps, driving directions to the trailhead, hiking distances, what to look for along the way, for 80 different hikes. (Guidebook)


(More children's books on other California pages)
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