The most beautiful mountains in the
world are located in Yosemite National
Park. Swiss Alps and the
Colorado Rocky Mountains both are
incomparable in their unique
experiences, but nothing quite compares
with Yosemite's Half Dome, part of the
Sierra Nevada mountain range.
One of the most spectacular times to see
these glorious mountains is in the
spring from March to June when the
waterfalls gush like a blushing bride.
It is not unusual to see brides & grooms
standing in front of the Bridalveil Fall
posing for a wedding day photograph. At
620 feet in height, the wind often blows
sideways, fanning the misty spray to the
shape of a bride's veil, thus the name.
The native American tribe of
Ahwahneechee Indians called it the
spirit of the puffing wind or Pohono.
Most everyone passes this fall as they
drive through the valley.
Ribbon Fall in Yosemite National Park
is the tallest waterfall in North
America, cascading 1,612 feet or more
than 1/3 mile from its heighest point to
the valley floor. It is so tall, it
almost feels and looks dream-like as you
watch the water descend.
A favorite shown in the photo and the
2nd portion of the video is Yosemite
Falls which measures 1,430
feet in its upper portion; 675
feet in the middle, and 320 feet as it
hits the rocks and ground running. The
spray from the fall spreads out and will
get your camera, hair and clothes wet.
Its total drop of the three combined
segments is 2,425 feet, and it ranks as
one of the tallest waterfalls in North
America and fifth highest in the world.
Other falls to see withing the park to
make up the 7 major falls you can watch
include: Illilouette Fall visible from below on the John Muir Trail. From Washburn Point, just before you get to Glacier Point; Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall are
both visible from the Mist Trail, which
truly provides a misty cooling
experience on hot summerd days in
Yosemite Valley. Horsetail Fall is
around 1000 feet in height and flows
from the eastern cliffs of El Capitan.
Some time around the last two weeks in February
the sun creates backlighting that makes
the fall glow orange and appear to be on fire.
Outside Yosemite National Park are
other waterfalls to visit, see,
experience and photograph. They include
Chilnualna Falls, a 300 foot
cascading waterfall with a large drop
seen from Wawona, in Southern Yosemite.
Downriver from Tuolumne Meadows is
Waterwheel Falls. This falls has an
effect that looks like a spinning
waterwheel. Two of the tallest falls
outside the park are Tueeulala Fall at
1,000 feet and Wapama Falls at a
whopping 1700 feet. Both can be found in
What's best about this season is that
the weather is excellent, there are no
real crowds to speak of just yet, and
hotel availability in spots such as
Yosemite View Lodge, Tenaya Lodge,
Ahwahnee and Wawona allows for
If you're looking for adventure, the
falls provide that. If you're seeking a
romantic place, visit the waterfalls. If
you just want some time to yourself, be
sure to make a visit to Yosemite
National Park part of your regimen to
getting yourself in balance with nature.
These waterfalls will fill your senses
and help you make it through whatever
life deals you.