58° F

Experience Level



4-5 miles


4,000 feet

Registration Fee


Program Overview: Did you know there are more species of woodpeckers in Yosemite than in any comparable area in the United States? During this guided day program, you’ll join an experienced naturalist and fellow participants to learn about the park’s diverse woodpeckers in Yosemite Valley and nearby areas. As you hike, look and listen, you’ll also get an introduction to fire ecology, including how wildfire — often thought of as a purely destructive force — plays an important role in creating habitat for woodpeckers and other birds. With limited foliage and no distraction from summer songbirds, November is a perfect time to spot and hear Yosemite’s woodpeckers as you enjoy a day of relaxed hiking in and around the Valley.

Know Before You Go

  • When: Saturday, November 6, 9 am to around 3 pm.
  • Where: Yosemite Valley and surrounding areas
  • Registration includes: Guided day program, park entry (as needed), and two nights of tent camping at a shared group site in Yosemite Valley (November 5 and 6). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Lodging: Tent camping (included), or upgrade to Yosemite Valley Lodge for an additional fee. Camping and lodging dates cannot be adjusted. The upgrade option expires 30 days before the program.
  • Experience level: No experience necessary!

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COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. For example, participants will hike single-file and keep moving to avoid crowding the trail, and instructors will stop to offer interpretation only when there is ample space to stay at least six feet apart. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.