Out of the 58 National Parks the United States has to offer, I have visited four. Arches National Park in Utah, Hawaii Volcanoe’s National Park on the Big Island, and both Rainier and Olympic National Parks in Washington State. There are so many more I’m anxious to explore and California’s Yosemite National Park is high on my bucket list.
Named a national park in 1864, Yosemite is known for it’s towering pinnacles, incredibly stunning overlooks, rock-climbing and challenging day-hikes that will leave you both breathless and wet. What its most well known for though and what I’m most excited to experience and photograph is its impressive collection of water falls. I recently read the following quote from travel writer, Michael Turtle which said, “the rivers and waterfalls through the park are like veins, bringing life to the park from an unseen beating heart”.
I may not be able to visit Yosemite at exactly the ideal time to view the waterfalls, which is during Spring, but I will get there this year and I can’t wait to witness the power of these majestic falls and feel that heart beating through the park!
Here are a few of the ones I’m most looking forward to seeing!
- 620 ft.
- Flows year around.
- One of the most photographed falls in the park.
- 594 ft.
- Nevada Falls was named from a Spanish word meaning “snowy” due to the forceful mist that comes for the water hitting the slick and rocky slopes on its way down resembling snow.
- Sits above Vernal Falls and is accessible by hiking the Mist Trail.
- 317 ft.
- To get up close and personal with Vernal Falls hike Mist Trail, said to be the best hike in the entire park with some of the best views.
- Hike to the top of the falls and take in the scenery at Emerald Pool.
- Approximately 2,130 ft
- Flows seasonally in winter to early spring
- In February, if conditions are just right, you can witness the waterfall illuminated from the setting sun giving the impression it’s on fire.
- Yosemite Falls is the tallest falls in North America at 2,425 ft.
- Said to be so powerful it actually shakes the ground.
- Consists of multiple plunges and cascades.
Some other National Parks that top my list are Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Denali.