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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park vividly illustrates the effects of glacial erosion of granitic bedrock, creating geologic features that are unique in the world. Repeated glaciations over millions of years have resulted in a concentration of distinctive landscape features, including soaring cliffs, domes, and free-falling waterfalls. There is exceptional glaciated topography, including the spectacular Yosemite Valley, a 914-meter (1/2 mile) deep, glacier-carved cleft with massive sheer granite walls. These geologic features provide a scenic backdrop for mountain meadows and giant sequoia groves, resulting in a diverse landscape of exceptional natural and scenic beauty.

"Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space." --Ansel Adams

Yosemite National Park facts

Acreage 747,956 acres
Elevation in Feet 0 ft.
Miles of Trail 0 mi.
Number of Campsites 1,720
Climate Forest
Year Founded 1890
Annual Visitor Count 3,882,642
Number of Animal Species 420
Entry Fee $15.00


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