Yosemite History & Museums: Yosemite National Park Chapel

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Yosemite Chapel

Yosemite Chapel is a unique location in Yosemite National Park, where visitors can have their wedding, renew their vows, conduct a baptism or take part in other special activities.

  • Yosemite Chapel in Yosemite National Park is the perfect place for a wedding
  • Located in Yosemite Valley on Southside Drive
  • This chapel is surrounded by breathtaking views
  • Attend community services and other special events in this beautiful church
  • Sunday services are held at 9:15 am all year


Yosemite National Park Chapel is the park’s oldest structure, offering a peaceful and quiet place to enjoy the beauty of Yosemite, pray or attend a service. The surrounding scenic views provide a romantic place to begin a life together with the one you love, thus making this spot an ideal wedding destination.

Location & Information

Yosemite Church is in Yosemite Valley, on Southside Drive. Look for the chapel on the right-hand side of the road about a quarter mile past the Swinging Bridge Picnic Area as you enter the valley.

Yosemite Chapel provides services the year round. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Sunday Service is held at 9:15 am and 11 am each Sunday. In the winter months, there is a Sunday Service at 9:15 am and a mid-week service on Thursday at 7 pm.

Contact information: 209-372-4831


Yosemite National Park Church offers services in a wonderful location surrounded by phenomenal scenery. Here is a list of events you may like to experience at this Yosemite Chapel:

  • Weddings
  • Marriage vow renewals
  • Baby dedications
  • Baptisms
  • Community seminars
  • Children’s vacation Bible School
  • Annual Community Christmas Dinner
  • Other special occasions

Fun Facts

The first service at Yosemite Park Chapel was held in 1879.

The first organ in Yosemite Chapel was donated in the name of Florence Hutchings, who was the caretaker of the chapel from 1879 to her death in a climbing accident in 1881.

When President Grant died in 1887, a special memorial service was held at Yosemite Chapel and the organist was none other that Sir Arthur Sullivan of the famed Gilbert and Sullivan team.