Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park is located in California. It is one of the oldest nature preserves in the United States. The park is 195 miles long and 95% of the park is wilderness. Three million people visit Yosemite National Park a year.


Yosemite National Park includes waterfalls, mountains, glaciers, two major rivers, and meadows. It is home to Mirror Lake where you can see your reflection, and the Yosemite Falls, which is the tallest waterfall in North America. The Half Dome is located in the park and it a granite formation shaped like a dome. The park is known for its giant sequoia trees which are the largest living things on earth.


Yosemite is home to hundreds of wildlife and plant species. Many fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, frogs, toads, turtles, and lizards live in the park. Other popular animals include skink, snake, mule deer, bobcat, and coyotes.

Things to Do

Yosemite has many hiking trails, scenic roadways, granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, and sequoia groves. People can drive the roads, camp, stay in hotels or cabins, horseback ride, rock climb, ice skate, backpack, bird watch, fish, picnic, stargaze, and volunteer. Winter activities include ice skating, cross country skiing, skiing, and snow shoeing.

Fun Facts

Yosemite National Park is open 365 days a year.

Giant Sequoias live to be 3,000 years old.

An ice cone is visible at the top of Yosemite Falls in winter.

Source: National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/