Yosemite National Park Photo Gallery

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Yosemite National Park covers almost 1,200 square miles of scenic wild lands that were set aside in 1890 to preserve a portion of the central Sierra Nevada that stretches along California's eastern flank. The park ranges from 2,000 feet above sea level to more than 13,000 feet and has these major attractions; alpine wilderness, three groves of Giant Sequoias and the glacially carved Yosemite Valley with impressive waterfalls, cliffs and unusual rock formations.

Yosemite National Park provides a vast variety of activities for visitors of all interests and skill levels. There are four visitor centers in Yosemite National Park. The Valley Visitor Center, located in Yosemite Valley, is the largest and most comprehensive in terms of displays, books, postcards and maps. The Big Oak Flat Information Station, Wawona Information Station and Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center are open on a more limited basis. Regularly scheduled ranger-led walks, talks and evening programs. Concessioner-operated bus tours, guided horseback rides and bicycle rentals are also available on site. For scenic driving there are one-hundred and ninety-six miles of paved roads within the park. To avoid crowds, travel to Yosemite at times other than spring weekends and busy holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

People interested in hiking, walking or backpacking can choose from any of 840 miles of trails. Eight-miles of paved bike path also provide a unique way to explore in Yosemite Valley.

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