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Photograph Yosemite's Tunnel View

Mariposa County, California

based on 17 reviews


Added by Andy Best

Tunnel view is a quick drive from the valley. There is parking on both sides of the road, so get be sure to have your camera ready to go.

Tunnel View sets you up for an iconic view of some of the major highlights of the Yosemite valley including Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome in the distance. To access the viewpoint, from Northside Dr., turn right onto Wawona Rd. You'll continue on Wawona Rd. up until you see you parking areas on both sides of the road and a tunnel right in front of you. Depending on availability, choose either side of the parking area. You can also circle back around and park just prior to either parking lot on the side of the road.

This area can get pretty crowded during the summer months, so get there early so you have time to set up and pick your spot.

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Photograph Yosemite's Tunnel View Reviews

The always crowded, always beautiful vista of Yosemite Valley. Photography-wise, definitely try and be here for sunrise when there are less people around. PRO TIP: The iconic "Clearing Winter Storm" shot by Ansel Adams was actually shot from Artist Point (a couple hundred feet above Tunnel View). The trailhead starts on the hill just behind the parking lot, and after a short hike, you're likely to have that view all to yourself!

Great place for sunrise - often pretty crowded.

Neat view, very accesible and can be kinda crowded.

It can be a little windy up there, bring a jacket! Also, if you like to draw / paint, you can park in the lot, and walk to the wall surrouding it (facing the valley) and work up there for hours. On full moon nights you'll see a number of photographers that set up for long shots here too.

Stunning view of the valley! Even though it can get a little crowded, you should be able to find your spot to take it in. There's parking on the right side of the street as you head up the hill, before you hit the parking lot. I'd recommend taking one of those as the lost fills up quick.

Time it for a moonrise in the middle of the valley!

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