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AutoCamp’s Guide to Fall in Yosemite

Experience fall foliage, local cider, and more

Autumn in the Yosemite Valley is truly magical. Fewer crowds, perfect temperatures, and fabulous fall colors make for an idyllic time to visit. Whether you’re traveling with friends, loved ones, little ones, or furry friends, there is something for everyone this season in Yosemite. 

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AutoCamp Pumpkin Patch

Explore our on-site pumpkin patch. Choose your pumpkin and decorate without venturing far from your Suite. After a day of exploring, grab a warm cup of hot cider from the Clubhouse and cozy up with a blanket to watch a movie out on the lawn!

Go Leaf Peeping

The High Country of Mariposa will be the first area in the valley for leaves to change color, starting in late September – October. Tioga Road (Highway 120) and Glacier Point Road are some of our favorite drives to witness spectacular fall colors. If you prefer a hike, get into the backcountry from almost any trail from the park to witness changing leaves. 

Here’s a list of fall foliage to look out for in Yosemite:

  • Quaking Aspen (golden yellow)
  • Dogwood (red)
  • Heath/Goose/wild berries (orange, yellow, red)
  • Sugar Maple (red)
  • Bigleaf Maple (yellow)
  • Oak (yellow/orange/brown)
  • Cottonwood (yellow)

Easy Park Access

At this time of year, you don’t need a reservation to enter Yosemite National Park. Fewer crowds and crisp hiking air make October one of the best months to explore Yosemite’s iconic views. Experience thundering waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, pristine rivers, and more with a half-day Yosemite Valley Tour.

Cider Tours 

Tour a working apple orchard and cider mill in the foothills of Central California. A day spent at Sierra Cider doesn’t just include some very delicious tastings and a tour of the extensive orchard—it also offers a brief history of American hard cider making.