Ansel Adams epitomized the majestic scenery of Yosemite with his early black and white photos that would later define the field of fine art photography. The national park is famous for many wondrous sights and hikes, but one aspect that’s memorable about Valley is its unforgettable waterfalls. Thousands of people flock to the park’s trails and cabins every year just to witness the strong gushing streams of water pouring down mountains.
Browse the next set of pages and explore the photos and artworks that feature the 4 most notorious waterfalls of Yosemite.
Yosemite Falls maintains a strong flow late into the summer but runs dry by mid-August, due to a phenomenon called The Yosemite Effect—its inability to retain groundwater because of soil composition. Snowstorms in late autumn and winter feed the creek streams that power the Falls. It holds the controversial claim of being the tallest waterfall in North America at a height of 2,425 feet; it’s considered the top waterfall in California. Despite the infrequent schedule of water flow, Yosemite Falls is considered the most beautiful waterfall in the United States. Explore Yosemite Falls Posters >>
Horsetail Falls is infamous for a natural phenomenon that occurs in few places around the world: fiery waterfalls. In mid-February the combination of evening sunlight, clear skies and strong water flow causes the water to appear as a bright orange hue for a few minutes. People have reported viewing other colors such as purple, yellow, gold and red. The nickname for this event is The Firefall. Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and photographers gather around the Falls to witness this happening. Explore Horsetail Falls Posters >>
Waterwheel Falls is 1 of 2 waterfalls that feature a natural waterwheel effect (LeConte Falls is the second), but Waterwheel Falls is the largest sight. The effect happens when flowing water spills into a depression or groove, and then gets catapulted as it leaves. The maximum height that has been achieved is 30 feet, but the average is 15 to 20 feet. The waterfall is located in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne where the Tuolumne River flows and it’s the largest waterfall in the region at 800 feet tall. Explore Waterwheel Falls Posters >>
Bridalveil Fall is one of the most iconic waterfalls of the park. It’s commonly called the Gateway of Yosemite Valley and stands opposite of El Capitan. In the summer, autumn and winter the water flows are soft; in spring, the currents are strong and “thunderous”. Standing 620 feet tall, it’s one of the few waterfalls (perhaps the only) that flows year-round. The Native Americans call this waterfall Pohono, which translates to “puffing” or “evil wind”. Explore Bridalveil Fall Posters >>
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