Often referred to as "the grandest view in all the West," Glacier Point is a 7,214-foot overlook that allows an awe-inspiring view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and all its granite neighbors, Nevada and Vernal Falls, and the crest of the High Sierra. Glacier Point's large overlook area was completely restored in 1999, with a large amphitheater for evening ranger talks and an imposing log cabin that serves as a snack stand and gift shop. The historic stone-built Geology Hut still stands, along with numerous interpretive displays that explain the natural and cultural history of the area.

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Expert Review of Glacier Point

Parks and Outdoors Review of Glacier Point

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking,Scenic Drives
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • No trip to Yosemite is complete without a visit to the grand vista at Glacier Point. For those who don't want to hike to the point, a scenic one-hour drive will get you there.
  • If you don't want to drive your own car to Glacier Point, you can take a tour bus from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (fee required).
  • For a scenic drive combined with a scenic hike, take the tour bus to Glacier Point, then walk back downhill to Yosemite Valley via the Panorama Trail or the Four-Mile Trail.

above Yosemite Valley at the end of Glacier Point Road
Parking: 24 hours a day
Price: free

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 209/372-0200
Transportation: private car or tour bus
Price Information: free
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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