A Land of Giants

Yosemite National Park


Stand amongst the granite cathedrals and appreciate the true reach of what we can do to save our special places. When ordinary citizens mobilized to save this iconic landscape, the spirit of the National Park Foundation was born. Today, we carry forward their enthusiasm as we work to inspire the next generation of park lovers.

Yosemite Information

As one of America’s most popular national parks, Yosemite boasts some of the best views, hiking trails, and family vacation opportunities in the country. 

As one of America’s most popular national parks, Yosemite boasts some of the best views, hiking trails, and family vacation opportunities in the country.

Visitors hiking up Half Dome at Yosemite
Ansel Adams frames a shot in the trees

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”
— Ansel Adams

Yosemite is a land where history was made—our nation's first land dedicated to recreation and enjoyment. As the precedent for all future American national parks, we truly know there would be no national parks without Yosemite. Located in central California, Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 and draws four million annual visitors. Almost 95 percent of the park’s 747,956 acres (roughly the size of Rhode Island) is classified as wilderness.

Yosemite National Park offers an abundance of activities and sightseeing destinations. The Valley is a 7 mile wide canyon with incredible rock formations, including El Capitan, the world's tallest granite monolith and one of the world's top rock climbing destinations. Yosemite Falls is the largest waterfall in North America with breathtaking views. Peak visitation at the falls is in the spring as it is comprised entirely of melting snow. The park is also known for its Giant Sequoia trees, which are estimated to be over 3,000 years old. 

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Visiting Yosemite

Colorful sunset over cliff at Yosemite National Park
Waterfall at Yosemite National Park
Giant sequoia trees at Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park with trees covered in snow
Beautiful fall foliage in Yosemite National Park

Map of the Park

Yosemite National Park
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite , CA

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Cliff base
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snow covers giant sequoia trees
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