Mountains & Landscapes

Prehistoric glaciers that once washed down over the mountains and cliffs have formed unusual U-shaped valleys and left behind granite rock formations for you to marvel at, such as Half Dome and El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley.

Above: Project Yosemite is a timelapse video project set in Yosemite National Park and shot by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill.

Isosceles Peak reigns over Dusy Basin in Kings Canyon National Park

Canyons and Valleys in Yosemite Park

During the earth’s last ice age, massive glaciers moved down from the Sierra Nevada’s high country, polishing not just the mountain peaks and iconic granite domes, but also softening and widening Yosemite’s ancient valleys and canyons. Read More...

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Famous Mountains in Yosemite

Apart from its grand waterfalls, Yosemite National Park is best known for its towering granite rock formations and epic Sierra Nevada mountain peaks, a couple of which rise above a breathtaking 14,000 feet. But to enjoy these natural wonders, you don’t have to be an accomplished alpinist or an expert rock climber. Read More...

Yosemite Tunnel View with Bridal Falls and El Capitan

Famous Viewpoints

Yosemite’s Tunnel View with Half Dome, Valley View with Merced River, Glacier Point, and Olmsted Point are the most famous views in the National Park. Read More...

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Forming Yosemite’s Granite Domes

Toward the end of Earth’s last ice age, huge glaciers moved down from the Sierra Nevada high country carrying debris that scoured and polished Yosemite’s granite rocks to a smooth surface. Read More...

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Keeping Yosemite Park’s Air Clean

Although the park is federally protected by the Clean Air Act, air pollution can sometimes be a problem. Nothing can be as much of a letdown for visitors as stopping at one of Yosemite’s famous viewpoints or hiking all day to reach a mountain summit, only to have the Sierra Nevada vistas obscured by haze and air pollution. Read More...

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Mountains Beyond Yosemite Park

Take time to explore the granite domes and craggy peaks of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the eastern Sierra Nevada. Read More...

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Must-See Sights in Yosemite National Park

There’s a lifetime’s worth of wonders waiting inside Yosemite, but don’t worry– you’ve got time to see all the highlights, even on a short vacation. Read More...

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Preserving Yosemite’s Natural Soundscapes

The soundscape of Yosemite is just as important of a natural resource to the park as its mountain peaks and rushing waterfalls. Read More...

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Reading the Rocks

Signs of Yosemite’s glacial past are everywhere. Follow these tips on what to look for and where to find them. Read More...

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Renaming Mammoth Peak after Jessie Benton Fremont

Yosemite National Park’s Mammoth Peak may be renamed in honor of 19th century female preservationist Jessie Benton Fremont. The measure would be a tribute to a woman who worked doggedly to preserve the land that would become Yosemite in 1890. Read More...

Rockfall at Yosemite Falls Lower Falls. Photo by James Sumner [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Rockfalls in Yosemite Valley

To get a good look at evidence of rockfall in any season, just follow the easy walking trails that lead right up to base of the valley’s famous waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Read More...

Snow Plants. Photo by Bill Bouton from San Luis Obispo, CA

Snow Plants and Other Wildflowers in Yosemite

In early Spring, Snow Plants pop their bright scarlet heads up through the snow. “It looks like a neon red psychedelic asparagus.” Read More...

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The Night Skies of Yosemite

The national parks in general and Yosemite in particular are known as some of the last great spaces without significant light pollution. That translates into an incredible opportunity to do some stargazing, get a glimpse of the Milky Way and maybe even look for a foreign galaxy or two. Read More...

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Tuolumne River Meadows in Yosemite National Park

At 8,600 feet they are one of the highest elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A single road, Tioga Pass Road makes them accessible by car. Read More...

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Views from Olmsted Point in Yosemite

Olmsted Point is a viewing area on Tioga Road with views of Tenaya Canyon. Southwest you see into the valley with a view of the northern side of Half Dome. To the east, you see a view of Tenaya Lake. Read More...

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When Glaciers Ruled in Yosemite

Yosemite’s cliffs, domes, and valleys are products of powerful forces. Watch a video about the past and 2 remaining Sierra glaciers, Maclure and Lyell. Read More...

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Yosemite Dome Scrambles

Head to these granite gems for big vistas and easy treks across rock that is full of geology lessons. Read More...

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Yosemite Geology 101

Learn how volcanoes, glaciers and erosion from millions of years ago shaped today’s gorgeous landscape of Yosemite National Park. Read More...

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Yosemite HD Video

Beauty of Yosemite you could never even begin to imagine. By Project Yosemite Read More...

Yosemite Half Dome on an autumn morning

Yosemite in Autumn – Photos & Video

Autumn in Yosemite is a quite time with colorful leaves and meandering brooks. Take a moment and soak in the serene views in this video. Read More...

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Yosemite Wildflowers

Yosemite’s wildflowers may be small in scale but they are just as showy as the park’s dramatic domes, waterfalls and giant trees. See poppies, shooting stars, lupine, lilies, monkey flower, paintbrush, and columbine Read More...

Yosemite's Half Dome reflected in the river on an autumn day

Yosemite’s Half Dome

Half Dome is 8,800 feet of towering granite and a world-renowned destination for hikers. It is a 14-16-mile roundtrip hike and takes about 10-12 hours Read More...

Clothespin Tree in the Mariposa Grove of Sequoia. Photo by Peter Flanigan

Yosemite’s Landscapes and Life Zones

The Yosemite region encompasses a diversity of life zones, rising from the foothills of California’s Central Valley into high country of the Sierra Nevada. Read More...