Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, granite walls and domes. Within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys with vertical granite walls over which several major waterfalls pour, hanging valleys carved by glaciers, grand meadows, beautiful mountain peaks, the Merced River, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Yosemite National Park lands extend from 2000 feet (600m) to more than 13,000 feet (3900m) above sea level.
In 1890, Yosemite National Park was added to the newly instituted United States National Park system. However, Yosemite lands were first preserved by the United States Congress and President Abraham Lincoln who, in 1864, at the height of the American Civil War, granted them to the people of California for preservation.
The Park's 200 miles (320km) of roads provide access to many of its features and trail heads by private vehicle and in some areas by free shuttle bus. Discover the grandeur that can be found here and the values this special place offers.
Yosemite National Park is administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and includes the following regions:
* Yosemite Valley
* Tioga Road, Tuolumne Meadows, and the High Country
* Glacier Point and Badger Pass
* Giant Sequoia Groves
* Hetch Hetchy