Winter Snow Bring Yosemite Waterfalls Back To Life

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Due to historic snowfall, waterfalls in Yosemite will be magificent this year! For waterfall viewing in Yosemite National Park, the best time to see the falls in all their glory is the Spring when melting snow fills our waterfalls, streams and rivers. If you can visit us in April, May and June, you're garanteed to see the falls at peak flows!

The tallest waterfall in the park, Yosemite Falls is one of its iconic landmarks

The falls consist of three sections: Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, and the Middle Cascades. The total height of the complex is 739 m from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall. This is twice the height of the Niagara Falls on the border of the USA and Canada! However, the in terms of width the falls are not as impressive as the Iguazu falls in Argentina and Brazil.

You can see Yosemite Falls from numerous viewpoints in the park, such as Glacier Point, Taft Point, and Yosemite Falls Overlook. There are also a few trails that provide impressive views on the falls: Lower Yosemite Falls Trail, the Four-Mile Trail, and the Yosemite Falls Trail.


Yosemite Falls

At 2,425 feet tall, Yosemite Falls is a three-tiered plunge of exceptional beauty that backdrops plenty of vistas from the Yosemite Valley floor. Despite its majesty, Yosemite Falls usually only flows seasonally; it tends to be nearly or completely dry by late summer. Springtime visitors marvel at its maximum incarnation. For a closer look, hike up to the bottom of the 320-foot Lower Yosemite Fall, or attempt the more challenging trek to the crest of the cataract.

Bridalveil Fall

Among the waterfalls, this is the one that welcomes you to Yosemite Valley, prominent from the Wawona and Big Oak Flat roads. Over 600 feet tall, Bridalveil runs perennially. If you pull off at the Bridalveil Fall parking lot on the way into Yosemite Valley, you can walk an easy half-mile paved path—often billowed with mist—to the base.

Horsetail Fall

Horsetail Fall is a 1,000-foot streamer gushing off the shoulders of one of Yosemite’s most famous landforms, the noble dome called El Capitan. Usually diminishing in flow by April, this waterfall is noteworthy for the infernal shimmer it assumes during mid- to late-winter sunsets.

Nevada Fall

Another year-round cascade, Nevada Fall—close to 600 feet tall—is a striking landmark from the amazing vista of Glacier Point, which usually becomes accessible by the end of May. You can get much closer to Nevada Fall by hiking the Mist Trail from Vernal Fall, another beautiful water drop, or taking the John Muir Trail.

See The Yosemite Waterfalls This Spring

If you’re planning on making Yosemite reservations this spring, consider making your reservations with Yosemite’s Scenic Wonders. We offer Yosemite cabins within the gates of the park. With one of our cozy cabins, condominiums, or homes, your Yosemite accommodations will be just minutes from your favorite Yosemite waterfalls, hikes and other activities. Give us a call at 1-888-YOSEMITE ( 1-888-967-3648) to learn about our rentals and to make your Yosemite reservations today. Yosemite National Park Blog Scenic Wonders’ Yosemite blog provides the latest news related to Yosemite National Park. By reading our blog, you’ll stay up to date on activities, accommodations, and more. 

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