Interesting facts about Yosemite National Park

yosemite national park

Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

There are 747,956 acres of land in Yosemite National Park.

The Ahwaneechee Native Americans lived in the Yosemite Valley for at least 4,000 years.

Yosemite National Park, established October 1, 1890, is one of the oldest nature preserves in the US.

It is believed that a glacier is responsible for producing the shape of Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America is located in Yosemite National Park. Its flow peaks in May and dropping a total of 739 meters (2,425 feet) from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall.

yosemite falls

El Capitan is the largest exposed granite monolith in the world.This vertical rock formation extends about 900 meters (3,000 feet) from base to summit along its tallest face.It is one of the world’s favorite challenges for rock climbers and BASE jumpers.

yosemite el capitan

Rising about 1,520 meters (5,000 feet) above Yosemite Valley and 2680 meters (8,800 feet) above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers.

yosemite half dome

Mariposa Grove have about 500 mature giant sequoias. Giant sequoias can live to be more than 3,000 years old. They are the largest known living things on earth.

yosemite mariposa grove giant sequoias

Mirror Lake is more of a pond than a lake, this Yosemite Valley spot is an extremely popular destination.Amazing reflections of Half Dome and Mount Watkins in spring, when the water level is high enough.

yosemite mirror lake

Yosemite’s peaceful meadows and wetlands are the best place to spot the park’s unique flora and fauna.Bears, deer, bald eagles, foxes, raccoons, gophers, chipmunks and more may be seen amidst the wildflowers and lush grasses.

yosemite meadows

Black bear population in Yosemite is estimated somewhere from 300 to 500.

The park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Nearly 4 million visitors come to this temple annually, most of them spending time in the Yosemite Valley.

“No temple made with human hands can compete with Yosemite,” – John Muir