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Margery H. Freeman
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Yosemite National Park, California
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The cascading water of Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

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The cascading water of Nevada Falls in Yosemite National Park, California. Nevada Falls tumbles 594 feet down a rock face polished smooth by the violence of the water. It free-falls for almost half of that distance, and when the water strikes stone below, it creates billowing plumes of mist, hence the name “Mist Trail” for the path to the falls. This trail continues from the one at Vernal Falls, but becomes steeper and more strenuous.

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 and preserves 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.