People from all over the world travel to California to see the wonders of Yosemite National Park, which include the famous El Capitan and Half Dome formations. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Yet 95% of what Yosemite has to offer is rarely seen by tourists who stick to just 'the valley' and don't get out of their cars. This other 95% is only accessible by hiking trails for a reason – it is a designated wilderness area to protect the plants and animals of this unique region. Let Lifeschool show you what Yosemite has to offer.
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite is one of the largest and most intact habitat protection areas for wildlife in the region. Elevations range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet and contain a large variety of vegetation zones which include lower and upper montane forests, subalpine, and alpine zones. Yosemite contains more than 20% of the plant species that are found in California, including rare plants, rare local geologic formations, and unique soils.
And then there is the geology! Glaciers once covered the region in thicknesses up to 4,000 feet deep. These massive glaciers carved out and sculpted the U-shaped valley that attracts millions of visitors each year. Besides Yosemite Valley, there are other destinations within Yosemite, like Hetch Hetchy and TuolumneMeadows, where glacial action also created breathtaking landscapes.
Yosemite is the outdoor lover's ultimate playground! Within its borders and nearby you can enjoy:
Day hiking to amazing waterfalls and to the tops of domes with spectacular views; one of these great hikes is considered by our trip leaders the best day hike ever!
Backpack out of Tuolumne Meadows to remote alpine valleys and peaks where few visitors have ventured
Perfect your fly fishing technique on one of Yosemite's numerous rivers and streams
Observe the rich abundance of animals and plants along the trails, lakes, rivers and streams of Yosemite's backcountry.
Go rock climbing and bouldering with experienced rock climbing guides on several of Yosemite's world-famous climbing hot spots
Spend a day floating leisurely down the Merced river in your own inner tube
Go hiking or horseback riding through the many groves of Giant Sequoias just south of Yosemite