Facts on Yosemite Valley

Facts on Yosemite Valley
An extremely large glacier carved out Yosemite Valley. The valley itself is a mere seven miles long and less than one mile wide; however, despite its small size, Yosemite Valley is one of the most scenic places on Earth.

Hiking Trails

Yosemite Valley has many magnificent hiking trails. Leisurely hikers opt for trails such as the mostly flat 2-mile-long Bridalveil Falls trail; however, experienced hikers and thrill seekers will enjoy the challenging Panorama Trail.


Features: Merced River Valley

It's easy to spend all of your stay at Yosemite exploring the many rock formations and waterfalls. However, the Yosemite Valley basin also offers unique outdoor experiences. Numerous bike paths wait to be explored, and wildlife such as birds, deer, coyote and foxes are common sights.

Considerations: Camping

The east end of Yosemite Valley has several campgrounds: the Upper Pines, Lower Pines and North Pines facilities. For a little more privacy seek out Campground #4, which contains 35 walk-in camping spots and is located on the north side of Yosemite.

Potential: Photo Opportunities

Yosemite Valley is excellent for photographers. Half Dome, El Capitan and Glacier Point are some of the most photographed natural monuments in the world. Adventurous photographers willing to go off the beaten path get rewarded with spectacular wildlife photographs.


An extremely large glacier that covered the western United States some 3 million years ago formed Yosemite Valley. The park is inhabited by the Miwok Native American tribe, who have lived at Yosemite for nearly 8,000 years.


No gas stations are allowed in Yosemite Valley. The nearest fuel stations are roughly 11 miles outside the park. Plan accordingly.


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