Yosemite National Park

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Yosemite National Park

(yōsĕm`ĭtē), 748,436 acres (302,881 hectares), E central Calif.; est. 1890 as a result of the efforts of conservationist John MuirMuir, John,
1838–1914, American naturalist, b. Dunbar, Scotland, studied at the Univ. of Wisconsin. He came to the United States in 1849 and settled in California in 1868.
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. Located in the Sierra Nevada, it is a glacier-scoured area of great beauty; Mt. Lyell (13,114 ft/3,997 m) is the highest peak. Enclosed within the park is the famed Yosemite Valley (alt. c.4,000 ft/1,200 m), surrounded by cliffs and pinnacles; Half Dome, which reaches a height of c.4,800 ft (1,463 m) above the valley and El Capitan, which rises perpendicularly c.3,600 ft (1,097 m) above the valley, are the highest of the surrounding peaks. The world's three largest monoliths of exposed granite are found in the park. There are also many lakes, rivers, streams, and waterfalls, the most noted of which is Yosemite Falls, the highest in North America, with a drop of 2,425 ft (739 m) in two segments; Ribbon Falls has a 1,612-ft (491-m) drop. A 54-mi (87-km) segment of the Tuolumne River, which originates from snowmelt off Mts. Dana and Lyell, is protected within the park before it crosses over into Stanislaus National Forest. Three groves of sequoias are within the park's limits, which also include other types of trees and more than 1,000 varieties of flowering plants. In the scenic Hetch Hetchy ValleyHetch Hetchy Valley,
in Yosemite National Park, central Calif., on the Tuolumne River. It once rivaled Yosemite Valley in beauty and grandeur. O'Shaughnessy Dam (completed 1923; enl. 1938) turned the valley into a lake c.
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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Bibliography

See J. Muir, The Yosemite (1912).

Yosemite National Park

Address:9039 Village Dr
PO Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389

Phone:209-372-0200
Fax:209-379-1800
Web: www.nps.gov/yose/
Size: 761,266 acres.
Established: Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove granted to State of California on June 30, 1864; park established on October 1, 1890; Federal Government accepted lands returned by state on June 11, 1906. Wilderness designated on September 28, 1984. Designated a World Heritage Site on October 31, 1984.
Location:There are five entrances to the park: South entrance is on CA 41, 64 miles north of Fresno; Arch Rock entrance is on CA 140, 75 miles northeast of Merced; Big Oak Flat entrance is on CA 120, 88 miles from Manteca; Tioga Pass entrance is on Highway 120, 10 miles west of Lee Vining; and Hetch Hetchy entrance is accessible via CA 120 and Evergreen Rd.
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, lodging, groceries, restaurant/snacks, bicycle trail, boat rental, boat ramp, bathhouse, visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, shuttle buses, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, mountain climbing, swimming, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, auto touring, ranger-guided walks.
Special Features:Park embraces a spectacular tract of scenic wildlands in the Sierra Nevada that stretches along California's eastern flank. Ranging from 2,000 feet above sea level to more than 13,000 feet, park encompasses alpine wilderness, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias. Park highlights include: Yosemite Valley with its high cliffs and waterfalls; Tuolumne Meadows, a high subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; Glacier Point, which offers a spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; and the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias.

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Yosemite National Park

 

a park located in the Sierra Nevada in California. It was the first protected scenic region of the USA (1864) and became a national park in 1890. Its area in 1970 was 304,000 hectares. The park includes the scenic valley of the Merced River, with cascades of waterfalls, coniferous forests, and three groves of giant sequoias with specimens that are thousands of years old. The mammalian fauna (78 species, including the American black bear and the mule deer) and avian fauna (200 species) are varied. More than 1.7 million tourists visited the park in 1966.

Yosemite National Park

a national park in central California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains: contains the Yosemite Valley, at an altitude of about 1200 m (4000 ft.), with sheer walls rising about another 1200 m (4000 ft.). Area: 3061 sq. km (1182 sq. miles)
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