Yosemite National Park
The very first residents of Yosemite was as many as 10,000 years ago. These residents were Native Americans. The first non-native settlers were in 1850 when gold was discovered within the location. Tourists began seeking the inspiring views from Yosemite back in 1855 and people began living in the valley all year long!
Points of Interest
Yosemite is known for the beautiful waterfalls you can find just around the corner. There are six major waterfalls known in Yosemite, although you are able to find more. The park is also known for its spectacular rock formations. The most famous is Half Dome, featured to the right, standing at 8,842 feet! Imagine the view of the park!
Wildlife in the park
Yosemite is home to some previously endangered species, such as peregrine falcon, golden eagle, and bighorn sheep. Along with the endangered species, you can also encounter members of the mammal family. These include black bears, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and an array of squirrels. There are many types of birds to bird watch.
REMINDER: animals can be encountered at any time, but do NOT approach or feed any animals
Trees and Plants
Yosemite's landscape is home to 37 species of trees and hundreds of species of wildflowers, many of which are only found within the park. Some trees you'll notice are the California Black Oak, Giant Sequoias, and many more.
In Yosemite, there are numerous outdoor activities to experience! You can start your day with biking through the park and ending with fireside stories at night. There are activities for all ages and abilities. How many parks offer a stargazing tour?! Yosemite does! During Halloween time there's even a Halloween Cemetery Tour.
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