This private tour of Yosemite National Park takes you on a 5-hour nature excursion, led by a local naturalist guide. Depending on your preferences and the time of year, hike through Yosemites wildflower meadows to admire abundant floral displays, or go in search of diverse birdlife as you drive to some of the parks most productive habitats. Both wildflower and bird enthusiasts will learn about Yosemites natural history while connecting with the great outdoors.
Details about this tour
Meet at a prearranged location in Yosemite National Park in the morning for your 5-hour private tour, which can be customized to suit your fitness level and interests. Youll be greeted by your guide, a local expert in the regions natural history with more than two decades of experience leading tours in the Sierra Nevada.
Camera in hand, walk with your guide through Yosemites meadows, whose diverse wildflowers attract pollinators and nature lovers alike, or hop in your own car and follow your guide in search of prime bird habitat. Along the way, your guide shares knowledge of favorite places and connects you with Yosemites ecosystems. (See tour options below.)
Stop frequently to rest, learn about your surroundings, and fuel up with your pre-packed snacks, water and lunch (own expense). Then continue exploring the meadows, fields and forests of Yosemite before your tour ends at the starting point.
Yosemite is home to several unique species of wildflowers, which blanket the Sierra Nevada throughout spring and summer. With dynamic shifts in elevation, Yosemite is the perfect place to watch the progression of flowers as they move from the foothills to the high country. Hike with your guide to a region of the park with abundant blooms. Depending on the season, you may identify different species, including monkey flowers, tiger lilies, Indian paintbrush, shooting starts, asters, buttercups and lupines, each enchanting you with their brilliant displays of color and lovely scents.
If you love watching birds through your binoculars, youll enjoy spotting some of Yosemite s 262 species of birds, including 165 resident and migratory species, as you tour some of the parks most productive habitats. Drive your own vehicle, following your guide to locations where feathered friends are commonly spotted, and enjoy long stops at each site. The tour can be modified to search for certain target species, or to account for shifting bird populations. You might observe flocks of warblers, vireos, flycatchers and tanagers forage for insects, seeds and berries; listen to various birdcalls and songs; or learn about raptors like the sharp-shinned hawk and the elusive peregrine falcon.
Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
- Private tour
- Professional guide
- Lunch & snacks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please provide your hotel and contact information (phone number, email and accommodations) in the Special Requirements box at checkout. Hotel information is for guides' reference only; pickup/drop-off is not included.
Please dress in athletic-wear and bring water, lunch and snacks
Recommended items to bring: camera, gloves, extra layer of clothing, jacket, sunscreen, hat, snacks and water