Aerial view of Nevada and Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park, CA
Nevada and Vernal Falls seen aerially in Yosemite National Park, California. Nevada Falls (594 feet) appears at the top of the photo, and Vernal Falls (317 feet) appears at the bottom. Trails go to both waterfalls, but the one to Nevada Falls is more strenuous and steep. The waterfalls snake between rugged rock formations, and in the background, mountain peaks are covered in snow.
Yosemite National Park was one of the earliest national parks. Formed in 1890, it was preceded only by Yellowstone and Sequoia National Parks. Its creation was advocated by naturalists such as John Muir and Galen Clark, as well as many other influential figures. Today, it protects a broad variety of flora, fauna, geography, and Native American heritage. It is famous for its waterfalls, but visitors can also enjoy lush meadows, craggy rock ridges, and mammoth sequoias. 95 percent of the park’s 747,956 acres is designated wilderness.