Yosemite National Park


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Archeological finds suggest Yosemite Valley has supported human inhabitants for thousands of years and may have visited the area almost 10,000 years ago! The indigenous people of Yosemite were known as the Ahwahnechee. The European influence came around the 19th century when the California Gold Rush pushed more and more people east. Since then, Yosemite has became a high protection and reserve area. When the National Park Service was created in 1916, Yosemite was transferred to their jurisdiction.


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Since Yosemite is located in California, climate conditions are relatively mild. Warm summers and cool winters are the main conditions you'll see. Yosemite itself has vastly different sights in different seasons though.
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Yosemite Park is home to many kinds of wildlife. The most common are listed below:

  • Black Bears
  • Mule Deer
  • Coyotes
  • California Ground Squirrel
  • Mountain Lions
  • Marmots
  • Ravens
  • Red-tail Hawks
  • Peregrine Falcon (previously endangered, recovered in Yosemite)
  • Great Grey Owl
  • Rattlesnake
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Mosquitoes

Geological Interest Points

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Half Dome, a 5,000 foot rock formation, is used as a statement in Apple's newest Operating System based on the park, OS X Yosemite.

Plant Life

Outdoor Activities

There are many things to do in Yosemite. Some of the most common things are horseback riding, fishing, hiking, zip lining, rafting, and viewing the amazing scenery that the park has to offer.