Yosemite National Park – California, United States
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is a US national Park in the state of California and is spanned over Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties.
The park is managed by the National Park services and covers around 747,956 acres of land. The park reaches across Sierra Nevada western slopes mountain chain. The park is visited annually by around 3.7 million people and most spend their times in a seen square mile valley called Yosemite Valley.
The park is internationally known for its giant cliffs, waterfalls, streams and diverse greenery.
The initial idea of the park was to dedicate it to the wilderness and today 95 percent of the park is covered with wilderness.
The park has around 7,000 plant species and 50 percent of them are found in Sierra Nevada.
It is considered a world heritage site.
The Yosemite Valley is inhabited from last three years however it was discovered in 1885 by US entrepreneurs, who wrote articles about its beauty.
The Yosemite Valley represents only one percent of the area but that is the place where most people arrive. The higher countryside of Yosemite contains beautiful sites including Dana Meadows, Clark Range and Kuna crest. The place has a Mediterranean climate and precipitation falls during winter while other seasons are dry.
The most important loss to Yosemite’s wildlife is the air pollution, exotic species, natural fires and habitat fragmentation. Apart from that road kills and human foods have also affected the wild inhabitants.
There have been many forest fires in the valley however not many have turned out lethal. The only lethal fire ever recorded was in 1988.
The park is open around the year and many activities are available for tourists including hiking, natural walks and photography. Some locations in the valley can only be reached through automobiles.