For beautiful river views with an incredible backdrop, this location is not to be missed! Combined with the optimal light, the lively colors of the autumn trees will come alive on the Merced River.
$30 per vehicle, 7-day pass; free with National Parks pass
Wide-angle lens (16mm)
How to get there
N37° 43' 26.3424"W119° 37' 52.9824"
Whether you're driving into or exiting the park, you'll want to be on the lookout for El Capitan Dr. This road passes over a bridge which has the lookout over the Merced River!
Find parking wherever you can (there's lots close by) and make your way to the bridge for the beautiful view over the river. I faced south towards the Cathedral Rocks for this shot.
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