Travel Information for the Highway 41 Region
The Highway 41 corridor into Yosemite is the southern approach. The main airport serving this region is Fresno/Yosemite International Airport. Amtrak train service stops in Fresno and Madera. Greyhound Bus Lines also has a stop in Fresno. From these hub cities, there is no regular transport to Yosemite, but major car rental services are available.
While the Southern Yosemite Highway is usually open year-round, but road conditions can change at any time, so it is wise to check with Caltrans at 1-800-427-ROAD and Yosemite Park at (209) 372-0200 for the most current information before you leave. When traveling in the Sierra Nevada from November through April, you should always carry tire chains in your vehicle, and know how to use them.
From Fresno, simply drive north on Hwy. 41 for a little over 1 hour, passing through Coarsegold, Oakhurst and Fish Camp before reaching the South Entrance of Yosemite. If you are coming via Madera, take SR 145 to Hwy. 41, and then head north. Once you reach the Park, it is another 10 minutes to Wawona and then an hour to Yosemite Valley. It is a good idea to keep your fuel tank full when driving in the mountains, and there are no gas stations between Oakhurst and Wawona, and none at all in Yosemite Valley.
Fresno/Yosemite International Airport – www.flyfresno.org
Los Angeles International Airport - www.lawa.org/lax/
San Francisco Bay Area airports –
San Francisco International Airport – www.flysfo.com
San Jose International Airport – www.sjc.org
Oakland Airport – www.oaklandairport.com
Car Rental Links:
Other Transportation Links:
Amtrak – www.amtrak.com
Greyhound – www.greyhound.com
Free Yosemite Park Shuttle - www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bus.htm
Local Gas Prices (Madera County) - www.gasbuddy.com
Local Road & Weather Links:
Caltrans – www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo
Yosemite Park – www.nps.gov/yose
Sierra Sun Times - www.goldrushcam.com
Oldies 1610 - www.oldies1610.com