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.

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.

Yosemite's granite domes from Tunnel View including Half Dome and El Capitan

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.

View of the Half Dome from Glacier Point in Yosemite

Glaciers 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.


Reading the Rocks

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

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.

Upper Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park

Visit Yosemite Virtually

You don’t have to visit to Yosemite to see the majestic sight of water tumbling down Yosemite Falls, to visit the top of North Dome or hear its rangers speak.


Yosemite HD Video

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