Yosemite National Park

John Muir called it a “cathedral.”  Indeed, Yosemite is unrivaled in its ability to inspire an almost religious joy and awe in all who visit.

The National Parks Explorer takes you through the most famous and most beautiful valley in America – Yosemite Valley.  It also guides you through the Mariposa Grove of the Giant Sequoias, among the largest and oldest living things on earth, and through Tuolumne Meadows, the iconic subalpine meadows surrounded by the High Sierras, where John Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson conceived the idea of the Park. And then there is Half Dome, an icon of Yosemite.  It rises 8,800 feet above sea level and has been climbed by thousands of visitors. If you dare, you can climb the last 400 feet pulling yourself hand over hand on a cable installed right on the rock face.

The National Parks Explorer contains over 200 articles on Yosemite’s charms, including wildlife, wildflowers, waterfalls, day hikes, and more.

Selected Content
Places to Go – Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, and Glacier Point.
Things to Do – Backpacking, climbing, auto-touring, bicycling and more. Day hikes sorted by difficulty, length, or elevation gain.
Yosemite Park History – The Mariposa Wars, Yosemite Grant, Buffalo Soldiers, John Muir…
Nature & Science – Waterfalls, granite domes, gigantic trees, and a landscape carved by glaciers.
Park Info – Facilities, services, reservations, seasons, lodging, camping info and more.

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