On this day in 1864, President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant, protecting the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley – an area that would later become Yosemite National Park. It was the first time the government protected land because of its natural beauty so that people could enjoy it. Thanks to John Muir’s passionate writing to further protect the delicate ecosystem of the High Sierra, Yosemite National Park became our nation’s 3rd national park 26 years later. Learn more: https://on.doi.gov/2xPYUz3. Photo courtesy of Menx Cuizon.
The Tioga Road at Yosemite National Park in California is now open for visitors exploring the remarkable trails in the Tuolumne Meadows. Removed from the hustle and bustle of Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows offer peaceful surroundings and amazing scenery. Hiking trails for varying levels of difficulty lead to a paradise of water, rock, forest and sky. We recommend cooling your heels at Upper Cathedral Lake. Photo by Luke Tyree (www.sharetheexperience.org).
“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
Born April 21, 1838, John Muir has become America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist. He shared his love of the outdoors through writing and inspired people to protect our country’s wild places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Sequoia & Kings Canyon national parks – earning him the nickname the Father of the National Parks. His passion for these special places fueled the formation of the National Park Service in 1916 – two years after his death. Check out 10 Muir quotes that’ll inspire you to explore public lands: on.doi.gov/2p3hcX7
Photo by William Woodward (www.sharetheexperience.org).
#TBT to this spectacular view from Yosemite National Park’s famous Horsetail Fall in 2017 when the waterfall looked like lava flowing down the side of El Capitan. This rare phenomenon “firefall” only happens for a short time in February – when there are clear skies, enough snow for the waterfall to flow and the setting sun hits the waterfall at just the right angle. This year, it doesn’t appear that Horsetail Fall will be putting on its show, but if you want take your chances, be sure to get your permit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/horsetailfall.htm.
Photo courtesy of William Rainey.
No matter the season, Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful places on earth. What’s your favorite time of year to visit this stunning California park? Photo of a double rainbow 🌈 over Yosemite Falls by Rob Lester, National Park Service.
The early hours of the morning provide a unique stillness. Fog settles, and the light begins to illuminate the underside of clouds. It’s like a scene in a painting. Here’s to a new year and experiencing awe-inspiring moments like this one at Yosemite National Park in California. Photo by National Park Service.
Happy first day of winter! ❄️☃️❄️
It is a magical time to visit Yosemite National Park in California. The silence and beauty of winter at Yosemite is an unforgettable experience as mesmerizing granite formations are dusted with snow and reflected in the glassy surface of the Merced River.
Check out these amazing photos of public lands in winter: https://on.doi.gov/2Bt6ijV
Photo by National Park Service.
Happy birthday, Yosemite National Park! On October 1, 1890, Yosemite became a national park, and 127 years later, it’s still wowing visitors with its waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, deep valleys and ancient giant sequoias. What’s your memory about this legendary California landmark?
Learn more: https://on.doi.gov/yosemite
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Basiago.