Project goal: Install informational signs at the Yosemite Falls day-use parking area to improve visitor experiences and safety.

Why this work matters: The Yosemite Falls parking area, located west of the Yosemite Valley Lodge, provides hundreds of vehicle spaces for visitors, staff and residents. When people get out of their cars, though, they face a disorienting situation: no permanent maps, signs or other guidance to help them start their day in the park. That lack of readily available information results in confusion, improper food storage and traffic jams caused by pedestrians streaming across nearby Northside Drive.

This grant funds the installation of new visitor-focused signs in the Yosemite Falls parking area, designed to guide people toward a successful experience in the Valley. The signs will include important wayfinding information to help visitors get oriented, navigate to their next destination, and figure out when and where to cross roads. The new signs will also offer hiking safety tips and instructions for securely storing food and other scented items in bear-proof food lockers.

How your support helps: By funding the creation and installation of these critically needed signs, your gifts will help alleviate visitor confusion at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Your support will ensure people have the information they need to start their journeys in the Valley, will reduce congestion and safety issues caused by unnecessary road-crossings, and will improve the visitor experience at a popular, convenient parking area.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park and Leslie Stone Associates.

Adrienne Freeman

Visual Information Specialist, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

"This project will help address issues of visitor experience, congestion and safety by providing easy-to-use wayfinding and path-of-travel directions for visitors parking at the Yosemite Falls day-use lot."