The Yosemite Area Rapid Transit

Wanna leave your car and take the bus to the park? Can do, easy. The YARTS bus is a for-profit enterprise designed to move bodies from outside the park to inside. If you have a ton of time, it might be worth it rather than driving all the way in and dealing with parking.

I am going to the Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting this Thursday and considered YARTS.  The meeting is where all of the Visitor/Tourist Bureaus gather to discuss events and support for the park. Kinda like a Giant Chamber of Commerce session. Obviously, they are trying to fill rooms and sell meals. I have no problem with that.

I’m hardly in a “gateway” town – San Jose-by-the-sea is about 200 miles west, but I was invited by the kind people from Mariposa and Coulterville. To save dough-ray-me$ I will be at the Yosemite Bug again. $23 with my Yosemite Conservancy coupon. But I digress.  The YARTS bus only makes a few runs this time of year and I’d be stuck there a long time. But you may want to consider it. Here are the stops they make on the Hwy 140 run. All the way from Merced. In fact, if you have a ton of time, you can even take a bus or train from the SF Bay Area to Merced.

Merced Airport

Merced College

Merced Mall/Target

Catheys Valley

Midtown Mariposa

Roadside Rest

Park and Ride


Midpines Park & Ride

Midpines Post Office

Yosemite Bug Resort

Cedar Lodge

NPS Maintenance

Barium Mine Road

El Portal Post Office

Yosemite View Lodge

Curry Village

Ahwahnee Hotel

Valley Visitors Center

Yosemite Lodge

Unrelated thought worth quoting: Every day I get in the queue to get on the bus that takes me to you. I’m so nervous, I just sit and smile; your house is only another mile. Thank you, driver, for getting me here. You’ll be an inspector, have no fear. I don’t want to cause no fuss, but can I buy your Magic Bus?” – The Who

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. Maureen L says:

    in the summer, there’s also a YARTS route from Lee Vining over the Tioga Road and into the Valley (and goes to June Lake and Mammoth).

    Eastern Sierra Transit Authority has a bus down 395 from Reno to near Mount Whitney that would hook up with this.

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