Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Scenic Spots in Yosemite

Cathedral Rocks and Spires

Cathedral Rocks and Cathedral Spires in Yosemite Valley are a prominent collection of cliffs, buttresses and pinnacles located on the south side of the valley near its entrance. There are three main summits to Cathedral Rocks dubbed Higher, Middle, and Lower Cathedral Rocks. Adjacent to Higher Cathedral Rock are ...

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Crane Flat

Crane Flat is a pleasant forest and meadow area located 16 miles (30 minutes) from Yosemite Valley. Nearby are the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias, which are only accessible by foot. Crane Flat is accessible by car all year. A snow play area is open during winter. ...

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El Capitan

El Capitan, a massive granite monolith, stands 3,593 feet from base to summit. From spring to fall, climbers come from all over the globe to scale El Capitan. Note: Please park on the paved road shoulder next to El Capitan Meadow. Delicate meadows are easily damaged by trampling, so ...

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El Portal View

El Portal View is located two miles up the Glacier Point/Badger Pass Road from Chinquapin (intersection with the Wawona Road) provides a great view down the Merced River Canyon, below Yosemite Valley, and to the Coast Ranges (if visibility is good). ...

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Giant Sequoias

Massive, ancient giant sequoias live in three groves in Yosemite National Park. The most easily accessible of these (spring through fall) is the Mariposa Grove near the park's South Entrance, off of the Wawona Road (Highway 41). Two smaller--and less visited--groves are the Tuolumne and Merced Groves near Crane ...

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Glacier Point Road

The Glacier Point Road is open late May through sometime in November; Glacier Point is approximately a onehour drive from either Yosemite Valley or Wawona. The Glacier Point Road takes you right to the brink of Yosemite Valley. Go to the railings edge and catch your breath at an ...

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Half Dome

Yosemite's most distinctive monument, Half Dome, dominates most Valley views. Standing at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome rises to an elevation of 8,842 feet. At 87 million years old, the granite of Half Dome crystalized deep within the earth under miles of overlying rock. Forces of ...

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Hetch Hetchy

Hetch Hetchy, a lesser known twin to Yosemite Valley, is home to spectacular scenery and is the starting point for many less-used wilderness trails. The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is the source of drinking water for much of the San Francisco Bay Area. Although the road to Hetch Hetchy is ...

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O'Shaugnessy Dam

O'Shaugnessy Dam, at the west end of Hetch Hetchy Valley, provides a viewpoint of the Valley's waterfalls, rock formations, and reservoir. The Hetch Hetchy Road is open all year, though it may close for periods after snowstorms, and is open only during daylight hours (approximately). ...

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Olmsted Point

Olmsted Point, along the Tioga Road, looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east--and from a very different angle. Though you might not immediately recognize Half Dome, it is one of the most prominent peaks you can see from Olmsted Point. The Tioga Road is open to cars from ...

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Pothole Dome

Pothole Dome, at the west end of Tuolumne Meadows, along the Tioga Road, affords many visitors' first view of Tuolumne Meadows. You can also find a nice viewpoint from near Lembert Dome, at the east end of Tuolumne Meadows Directions This peak is located in Toulumne Meadows. Reno (RNO) is ...

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Sentinel Rock

Sentinel Rock overlooks Yosemite Valley along the opposite side of the Valley From Yosemite Falls. ...

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Three Brothers

The Three Brothers are located just east of El Capitan. It is made up of Eagle Peak (the uppermost "brother"), and Middle and Lower Brothers. It is best viewed from Southside Drive or the Merced River just east of El Capitan Picnic Area. ...

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Tioga Road and Tuolumne Meadows

The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park), is generally open to vehicles from late May or early June through sometime in November. It offers a 39-mile scenic drive between Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows through forests and past meadows, lakes, and granite domes. From sometime in November through ...

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Tunnel View

Tunnel View provides one of the most famous views of Yosemite Valley. From here you can see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising from Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the background. Directions This viewpoint is at the east end of the Wawona Tunnel along the Wawona Road (Highway 41). ...

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