Life Inside Yosemite National Park with @trevlee

For more photos and videos from an insider’s perspective of Yosemite, follow @trevlee on Instagram. To see more from visitors to the park, explore the Yosemite National Park location page.

After visiting California’s Yosemite National Park on a road trip through the western United States, Instagrammer Trevor Lee (@trevlee) knew he was hooked. “On our way back from San Francisco we visited Yosemite. We only spent a few hours there, but I had never seen such beauty.” With his memories of the park inspiring him, Trevor set out to find a way back to the park. Within the year, he left his native Ohio for a job working in Yosemite’s employee recreation department.

As part of his position, Trevor doesn’t just spend his workday in Yosemite—he lives within the park itself. “When I’m not working, I’m out exploring the endless Yosemite beauty. There is so much to do here and so many great people to experience it all with,” he explains.

During the US government shutdown in October of this year, Trevor was one of the few who had access to the park: “I still worked and lived in the park during the shutdown, but there weren’t any tourists! We all had the park to ourselves. During the sixteen days we were closed, I camped on Half Dome and Eagle Peak, hiked Mt. Hoffman and the Ledge Trail, and did countless other things that I could have never done if it wasn’t for the shutdown.”

Through his own photos and videos, Trevor shares moments from off the beaten path as a way to show his followers the beauty of being alone in nature. For those headed to Yosemite, Trevor has some advice for getting a unique shot: “To get a unique perspective of Yosemite takes effort: you need to go to places people don’t go, you need to hike long distances, and climb up rarely traveled routes. Great photos aren’t taken, they’re made, so you need to take risks and explore the unknown.”