Yosemite Village, California

Yosemite Village (formerly, Yosemite and Yo Semite)[2] is an unincorporated community in Mariposa County, California.[1] It is located 44 miles (71 km) northeast of Mariposa,[2] at an elevation of 3996 feet (1218 m).[1]

Yosemite Village
Yosemite Village
Location in California
Yosemite Village
Yosemite Village (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°44′43″N 119°35′54″W
CountryUnited States
CountyMariposa County
Elevation3,996 ft (1,218 m)
Area code209

Yosemite Village is the primary developed place in Yosemite Valley and is located within the Yosemite National Park. Situated along the north side of the valley floor, its permanent population includes staff of the National Park Service, which administers the park, and some concession workers associated with various contracts in the Park.

The Village has some public facilities, such as a fire station, a post office (ZIP Code 95389), a medical clinic, a convenience store, restaurants, gift shops, a school (kindergarten through eighth grade). The Park's headquarters facilities and its main visitor center are also located here.

The Yosemite Lodge is located on the west end of the village near Yosemite Falls. The Ahwahnee Hotel is a few blocks to the north. Both are operated by concessionaires under contract to the National Park Service. The architecture of Yosemite Village is characterized by shed style and makes extensive use of native woods. The earliest 20th-century buildings were designed by landscape architect Charles Punchard, Jr., among others in the National Park Service.

The first US post office opened in 1869, originally named "Yo Semite." The spelling was changed to Yosemite in 1908 and to Yosemite National Park in 1922.[2] In 1906, Major H.C. Benson was commanded to build and garrison Fort Yosemite in the valley.[2] US Army troops were stationed at Fort Yosemite until 1916, when the National Park Service was established to administer Yosemite and other national parks.[2]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Yosemite Village has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[3]

See also


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Yosemite Village, California
  2. Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 849. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. Climate Summary for Yosemite Village, California

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