Yosemite National Park: Points of Interest (with Map & Photos)

Coordinates: 37°44'33"N 119°32'15"W / 37.7425°n 119.5375°o 37.7425; - 119. Yosemite National Park 5375 is a protected natural area of ​​the United States located in the state of California, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, between Mariposa and Tuolumne counties, within the Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite National Park Points of Interest
Yosemite National Park Points of Interest

It covers an area of ​​308,073 hectares or 3,081 km2 and reaches the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to the west: about 89% of the park is still considered to be in the wild, that is, an area where the contribution of changes by the man is minimal; the geology of the Yosemite area is characterized by granitic rocks and remnants of older rocks. It is one of the most popular parks in the United States, and is visited each year by more than 5 million people, being full of extraordinary natural beauty, dotted with imposing cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, giant trees and streams: in 1984 it was designated as a World Heritage Site. of Humanity by UNESCO for its spectacular peaks of granite rocks, waterfalls, streams and clearings, the giant sequoias, and in general for its biodiversity.

About 10 million years ago, the Sierra Nevada rose and then stopped to form its own gentle slopes to the west and more unfavorable slopes to the east. Uplift increased the subsidence of river and stream beds, resulting in the formation of narrow canyons. About a million years ago, accumulated snow and ice formed glaciers at the height of alpine peaks, which instead moved into river valleys. Yosemite Valley ice strength must have reached 4,000 feet (1200m) during the first glacial period.

Yosemite National Park Points of Interest
Yosemite National Park Points of Interest

The Valley's movement of ice masses cut and carved the U-shaped valley that draws so many visitors today for the sight of its fantastic scenery. Uplift increased the subsidence of river and stream beds, resulting in the formation of narrow canyons. About a million years ago, accumulated snow and ice formed glaciers at the height of alpine peaks, which instead moved into river valleys. Yosemite Valley ice strength must have reached 4,000 feet (1200m) during the first glacial period. The Valley's movement of ice masses cut and carved the U-shaped valley that draws so many visitors today for the sight of its fantastic scenery.

Uplift increased the subsidence of river and stream beds, resulting in the formation of narrow canyons. About a million years ago, accumulated snow and ice formed glaciers at the height of alpine peaks, which instead moved into river valleys. Yosemite Valley ice strength must have reached 4,000 feet (1200m) during the first glacial period. The Valley's movement of ice masses cut and carved the U-shaped valley that draws so many visitors today for the sight of its fantastic scenery. Yosemite Valley ice strength must have reached 4,000 feet (1200m) during the first glacial period. The Valley's movement of ice masses cut and carved the U-shaped valley that draws so many visitors today for the sight of its fantastic scenery. Yosemite Valley ice strength must have reached 4,000 feet (1200m) during the first glacial period. The Valley's movement of ice masses cut and carved the U-shaped valley that draws so many visitors today for the sight of its fantastic scenery.

Yosemite National Park Points of Interest
Yosemite National Park Points of Interest

Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitats in the Sierra Nevada, and a great biodiversity of plants and animals can be seen in the park. The park has peaks that range from 600 to 4,000 meters in altitude, and contains four large vegetative zones: premontane, mountain, subalpine, and alpine forest. At 7 o'clock. 000 different species of California plants, about 50% are found in the Sierra Nevada and about 20% within Yosemite park. In the park you can find the ideal habitat and documentation relating to 160 rare plants with respective rare geological formations and special soils that characterize the narrow range where these plants can be found.

Among the main attractions are: Grizzly Giant, the 63.7 m tall sequoia in the Mariposa Groove area, the Half Dome, the largest granite rock in the world; Yosemite Falls, which also reaches 700m in height; and Glacier Point, a vantage point 2,100m above sea level.

Yosemite National Park Points of Interest
Yosemite National Park Points of Interest

Yosemite Falls are the highest waterfalls in the park. At the highest point they reach 730 meters in height and the highest jump made by the water is 440 meters. They are divided into three parts, as a result of the height at which they are located: the giant sequoias are a highly sought after attraction by tourists.

There are about 1,000 redwoods in the park, and the locality of greatest interest is Mariposa Groove. Mariposa Grove is a forested area near Wawona. In this forest there are more than 200 redwoods and this is where the largest are. The main attraction is the Grizzly Giant, the largest sequoia in the park, which is approximately 1600/2000 years old. Another attraction is the fallen monarch, or the fallen king, a 70-meter sequoia fallen after a landslide, which today shows its roots with a diameter of 70 cm each. Half Dome is Yosemite's most famous granite peak; towers over the park reaching a height of almost 2700 m. Until 1870 it was considered an impossible peak to climb, but today many people reach the top every day.

Yosemite National Park Points of Interest
Yosemite National Park Points of Interest

Due to the high number of hikers, reservation for access to the equipped road leading to the summit has been made mandatory. There have been around 20 fatalities here in recent years, in fact it is ranked as one of the most dangerous peaks in America. El Capitan is a granite rock about 900 m high located in the southeastern part of the park.

Native Americans considered this rock sacred. Today it is one of the most famous destinations in the world for climbers and base jumpers, thus also becoming the scene of some fatal accidents. On the east side of El Capitan gushing waterfall Horsetail (in English Horsetail Fall), a seasonal waterfall with a drop of about 480 meters and a total height of about 630 meters, which is famous because during the few days of the year, around 17 As of February 19, the sunset light makes them fluoresce red-orange, making it similar to a waterfall of fire. Glacier Point is a panoramic point at 2100m altitude. From here you have the whole view of the park.

Yosemite National Park Map