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Wawona Visitor Center
Wawona Hotel Drive, off 41
(near Wawona Hotel in Yosemite Valley)
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
+1 209 375 9501
NileGuide Expert tip:
The only other place in the south end of the park that you might go first would be the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
Located adjacent to the stately Wawona Hotel, the NPS Visitor Center is housed in the former Hill's Studio. Artist Thomas Hill is famed for his ginormous landscape paintings - one of which was specially hung in Washington, D.C. for President Obama's inauguration. If you've entered Yosemite from the south this is the place to get started with your orientation to the park, to buy books, maps, posters, etc., to pick up a Wilderness permit for backpacking and to ask a ranger your questions.
Find the Wawona VC by turning in at the Wawona Hotel entrance, and looping the drive until you see the sign. The facility is closed in the winter.