El Portal California, CA Info

Yosemite National Park
> El Portal California

El Portal California is the western gateway to Yosemite National Park and a great place to make your home base while you visit all the natural wonders of the park.


El Portal CA sits at 1,939 feet above sea level, a small town that caters to those visiting Yosemite National Park. Right at the western entrance to the park, it offers easy access to tons of recreation both inside and outside Yosemite.


El Portal lies along the Merced River on California Highway 140.


El Portal California information includes what sort of lodging and dining is to be found in this, the gateway to Yosemite. It’s a small town thus there are only two lodging options, both with restaurants. You’ll also find El Portal has a community center, a small general store, a gas station and post office.


  • Rafting
    Since the mighty Merced River flows right nearby, rafting portions of the river at El Portal offers the outdoor lover some exciting adventures. There are Class III and IV whitewater rapids to brave.
  • Hiking
    Just northeast of El Portal is the small town of Foresta. Hike an easy trail out and back to Foresta Falls. If you drive into Yosemite, you can start a terrific hike from Tunnel View to Inspiration Point. This 2.6-mile hike gives you picturesque views.

Getting Here

From El Portal, to enter Yosemite National Park, you simply follow California Highway 140 east towards Yosemite Valley.

Questions & Answers