Yosemite National Park with 748,542 acres of land was established in 1890. The most popular destination in Yosemite is a Yosemite Valley where the most famous sites of the park are concentrated such as Half Dome and EL Capitan.
Yosemite National park is one of California's and America's most important national reserves. Yosemite National park gets close to 4 million visitors per year.
Yosemite Valley's seven square miles consist of a main loop that most tour buses follow stopping at the main points of interest. Yosemite National park's visitors center is located in the Yosemite Village along with shops, restaurants, the Yosemite Museum, the Indian Village, and the Ansel Adams Gallery. Tours of the valley can be taken at the visitors center. Tours from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park generally stop at the Yosemite launch which is a short distance from the Yosemite Village.
One of America's favorites, Yosemite Park is located in California close to the border with the state of Nevada in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Yosemite park has taken millions of years to be created and it is constantly evolving. Yosemite Park is the result of a Glacier Tanya sliding down hill as it melted and carving the granite stone that formed a "V" shaped valley into a "U" shaped valley.
Today, natural forces are still chipping away at the shape of Yosemite National Park. Floods, land & rock slides, fires, and man are influencing the trajectory of Yosemite park. Even the famous Yosemite valley is the result of generations of Native Americans burning to promote the growth of grass for the manufacture of ornaments such as basket weaving.
Many of the trees in Yosemite park valley are not native. And to top it all off, the Yosemite park valley used to have a lake which was drained by the blasting of a natural damn by an early white settler.
But don't frown, Yosemite park will keep on transforming long after we are all gone and there is nothing we can do to stop it.