Facts about Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, located in California, is 761,268 acres in size. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Originally, this only applied to the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove area, but thanks to John Muir, who pushed the issue, it was expanded to include the forests and mountains surrounding the valley. It had been home to the Ahwaneechee Native Americans for 4,000 years before it became a national park. Trappers and the California Gold Rush altered everything. The park was designated as a national park in 1890.
The Mariposa Indian War, which ended in 1851, arose as a result of the way Native Americans were treated when the gold rush began.
In 1855, an artist named Thomas Ayres painted landscapes in Yosemite, and a businessman named James Hutchings wrote articles about it. Tourism to Yosemite increased dramatically as a result of these articles and Ayres’ paintings.
The Half Dome is a granite formation in Yosemite National Park. It rises 5,000 feet above the valley floor.
The Sierra Nevada Mountains are home to the park.
Yosemite National Park contains the tallest waterfall in North America. Its flow peaks in May and it has a drop of 2,425 feet. Yosemite Falls is its name.
Bridalveil Falls is a waterfall located in the park. The falling water appears to be a bride’s veil blowing in the wind because the wind blows it to the side.
The shape of Yosemite Valley is thought to have been formed by a glacier.
Yosemite is home to 20% of California’s 7,000 plant species.
Yosemite has 500 giant sequoias, which can live for up to 3,000 years. They are thought to be the world’s largest living things.
A sequoias seed is about the size of a piece of oatmeal.
Yosemite’s first concession was established in 1884. It was both a shop and a bakery.
In 1903, President Roosevelt camped in Yosemite for three nights.
President Roosevelt took control of Yosemite from California in 1906 and transferred it to the federal government.
Yosemite’s mountains continue to grow one foot every 1,000 years.
The park is home to at least 90 mammal species, including black bears, coyotes, gophers, and chipmunks.
There are at least 300 black bears in the park, and there could be up to 500.
For a time, black bears in Yosemite gained notoriety for breaking into park visitors’ cars in search of food.
There are over 800 miles of trails for hikers to explore.
There is a lot of rock for rock climbers to climb. El Capitan, with a 3,300-foot rock face, may be the most difficult.
Only a small portion of the park is visited by visitors; the majority of it remains untouched by humans.
Yosemite National Park has five distinct planting zones.
The brown bear and California condor are no longer found in Yosemite.
Yosemite National Park still has approximately 225,000 acres of old growth forest.
Yosemite attracts approximately 3.5 million visitors each year.
In 1984, the park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.