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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite, CA 95389
(209) 372-0200

About Yosemite National Park

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Cascades of rushing water, natural alpine gardens and groves of giant sequoias make Yosemite a wonder to enjoy any season of the year.  Yosemite is a work of nature formed by massive glaciers thousands of years ago.  The Tunnel View turnout at the eastern end of the Wawona Tunnel of Highway 41 is one of the most photographed vistas on Earth.  It provides a classic view of Yosemite Valley, including landmarks such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Falls.  Although Bridalveil Falls appears to be small when seen in comparison to the surrounding canyon walls, it is the height of a 62 story building.  Yosemite Falls drops 2,425 feet, making it the highest waterfall in North America.  El Capitan is one of the largest single granite rocks in the world, standing 3,593 feet from base to summit.  Tuolumne Meadows is the largest sub alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada.  California bighorn sheep may be seen grazing along the road beyond the eastern boundary of the park.  Badger Pass, opened to skiers in 1935, is the oldest established ski area in California.  The resort offers visitors Nordic/alpine skiing and snowboarding.  Since 1927, the world renowned Ahwahnee Hotel has played host to American presidents, foreign dignitaries, and thousands of park visitors.  Its history has earned it a place on the National Register of historic places.  The Wawona Hotel, located near the south entrance to the park, offers turn-of-the-century charm and has a challenging nine-hole golf course.  In the heart of Yosemite Valley is Curry Village, which celebrated a century of providing family fun and hospitality in 2006.  Located on Highway 41, 92 miles north of Fresno, Yosemite is open year-round and offers a wide range of activities including snow skiing, ice skating, swimming, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, rock climbing, golf, picnicking, and sightseeing. 

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