Yosemite National Park’s Waterfalls, Lakes and Rivers

Tioga Road going over Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park

3 Stops on Tioga Road in Yosemite

Although just about every bend in Tioga Road reveals another awesome view, here are three stops you won’t want to miss on the eastern section at Tioga Pass. Read More...

Merced River with El Capitan in the Background

Controversial Merced River Plan Finally Approved

After many years of back and forth comments, numerous plans and even court battles, Yosemite National Park is unveiling the Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. Read More...

At the base of Wapama Falls. Photo by David Krause

Easy Hike to Wapama Falls in Hetch Hetchy Valley

The valley has an iconic rock formation called Kolana Rock, and Wapama Falls which flows year-round, yet relatively few people visit this area of the park. Read More...

Horsetail Fall in February when the sun hits the water

Firefall in Yosemite Valley Mid to Late-February

The tradition of Yosemite’s firefall started in the late 19th century. Today park visitors see a natural firefall every mid to late-February. Read More...

Frazil ice in Yosemite Creek

Frazil Ice and Snow Cone Formations in Yosemite

Stand on the Yosemite Creek bridge below Yosemite Falls in March and April and you may see frazil ice in the creek and a snow cone under the upper falls. Read More...

Vernal Fall Overlook by Grant Ordelheide

Heroics and Tragedies at Yosemite’s Vernal Falls

A hero was made when Alec Smith leapt over the protective barrier at the top of Vernal Falls to save the life of a young boy. Most rescues don’t turn out successful. Read More...

Sunset at Nevada Falls. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

How to Photograph Waterfalls in Yosemite

Grant Ordelheide showcases his photos of waterfalls and gives you tips on how best photograph these cascades. Read More...

Lakes Beyond Yosemite Park

The following are a few of our favorite Sierra Nevada lakes outside Yosemite National Park. Read More...

Mirror Lake. Photo by Kelly Bounchareune

Lakes in Yosemite National Park

Among the most beautiful natural attractions in Yosemite are its pristine lakes. Favorite include Mirror Lake, Tenaya Lake, and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Read More...

Hiking past Vernal Falls on the Mist Trail in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Mist Trail, Yosemite’s Most Popular Waterfall Hike

Starting from the Happy Isles on the valley floor, the challenging Mist Trail climbs a granite staircase beside Vernal Fall and on to Nevada Fall. Read More...

Mono Lake South Tufa Area. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Mono Lake’s South Tufa Trail East of Yosemite

Immediately outside Yosemite’s east entrance is one of the oldest lakes in North America. See giant tufa formations on an interpretive trail. Read More...

Mono Lake Tufa Formations

Restoring Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra Nevada

The story of Mono Lake reflects the historical and political struggles between nature conservation and California’s burgeoning urban populations. Read More...

Confluence of middle and south forks of the Kings River in Kings Canyon National Park. Photo by Daniel Mayer [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Rivers Beyond Yosemite Park

Drive into the depths of the Kings River canyon or take a swim in the gently flowing Kaweah River. Rivers of the southern Sierra Nevada have a lot to offer. Read More...

Merced River with El Capitan in the Background

Rivers In Yosemite Park

In late spring and early summer, when melting snow from Sierra Nevada peaks thunders down into the valleys below, it’s easy to imagine how millennia of erosion has shaped the landscape of the park today. Read More...

Hikers crossing a river in Yosemite National Park

Safety in Yosemite’s Waterfalls, Rivers and Streams

Yosemite has many wild waterfalls, rivers and streams, causing visitors who are unprepared and don’t heed the posted warning signs to get into trouble. Read More...

Lembert Dome and Mt Dana from Tuolumne Meadows

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...

Moonbow at lower Yosemite Falls. Photo by Brocken Inaglory [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Waterfall Rainbows and Moonbows in Yosemite

Moonbows, Lunar Rainbows, or Spraybows are the moonlight refracking off a spray of water or waterfall. The best time to see them are during the full moon. Watch the video. Read More...

Yosemite Falls.

Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

In no other place in the Sierra Nevada mountains can you see so many impressive waterfalls gathered together in one spot. Read More...

Waterwheel Falls in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Yosemite’s Less Visited Waterfalls

If you’re looking for solitude, there are many more hidden waterfalls throughout the park, which are nearly as beautiful as their valley sisters. Read More...