Tunnel View

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

Start Exploring
Tunnel View


  • Yosemite Valley from Tunnel Viewpoint.- Tunnel View
  • Yosemite Valley from Tunnel Viewpoint: Illustrated.- Tunnel View
  • Yosemite Valley from Tunnel Viewpoint.- Tunnel View
  • Tunnel View at dusk.- Tunnel View
  • Moonrise over the South Rim. Tunnel View.- Tunnel View
  • Light filters around Half Dome.- Tunnel View
  • The sun peeks over Cathedral Peaks.- Tunnel View
  • The Golden State shows her colors.- Tunnel View
  • Winter fog rolls against El Capitan.- Tunnel View
  • Straight look through the valley from Tunnel View just after sunset.- Tunnel View
  • Purple skies remain after the sun disappears.- Tunnel View
Overview + Weather
Iconic Yosemite Valley viewpoint.
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Perhaps made most famous by Ansel Adams*, the vantage of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View is recognizable world round, regardless of whether you have ever stepped foot in Yosemite National Park.

Just east of the Wawona Tunnel on CA Hwy 41 and at the far western edge of Yosemite Valley, the viewpoint is perched 500 feet above the valley floor. It provides a framed view of many of the park's most iconic and famous granite rock formations including El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome and Cathedral Rocks, as well as Bridalveil Falls. 

* Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite National Park in 1916 at the age of 14. He later wrote in regards to his first view of Yosemite Valley that "the splendor of Yosemite burst upon us and it was glorious...One wonder after another descended upon us...There was light everywhere...A new era began for me."

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide + Map

Field Guide + Map

Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(7 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(50 within a 30 mile radius)

Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
45 Members
Who's Done It
146 Members
Submission by
1260 Adventures Explored
1258 Adventures Published
107 Adventures Explored
93 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info