John Muir was once quoted, saying of Yosemite: “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
From the iconic images of Tunnel View to any view captured by Ansel Adams, the beauty of Yosemite Is anything but underwhelming. The 1,169 square miles of Yosemite are home to hundreds of wildlife species and thousands of native plants.
If you hike any trail within the Park, or wandering around Yosemite Village, the numerous amount of plants may surprise you. Plant species varies at different altitudes throughout the Park, however. One might argue that depending on which elevation you’re at and what vegetation is growing in that area, it can feel as if you’ve entered a different park.
If you remember nothing else about the wildlife within Yosemite National Park, remember this: Do not feed or approach animals. Rather, enjoy the beautiful creatures from a safe distance and allow them to roam around and find their own natural sources of food. Whether you see a squirrel, deer or coyote, protect both the wildlife and yourself and please don’t approach them.
As we said, Yosemite is filled with breath-taking natural beauty. We’ve heard people say “it’s nearly impossible to take a bad picture of Yosemite” – we agree. Many visitors (new or returning) find themselves falling in love with the park’s many waterfalls; most notably, visitors love the 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls which flow into the scenic Valley meadows.
Other notable instances of natural beauty within Yosemite: Half Dome, Mount Lyell, various glaciers and El Capitan.
If you want more information about the wonders of the nature of Yosemite National Park, feel free to visit the National Park Service at www.nps.gov, or contact us