This natural event occurs when the setting sun hits these Falls at the right angle making it look like lava! When the conditions are perfect, this waterfall glows orange and red at sunset.
$30 per vehicle, 7-day pass; free with National Parks Pass
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N37° 43' 42.024"W119° 36' 29.3796"
The featured image is of Horsetail Falls, nicknamed Firefalls during the short period of February when it illuminates in a colorful hue.
From February 12–26th, the park service creates a restricted zone from Yosemite Valley Lodge to El Capitan Crossover. This zone offers some of the best views of Horsetail Falls. All visitors can enter the restricted zone on foot. To park inside the zone, you must obtain one of 300 free permits (250 available online, 50 first-come, first-served).
When you arrive in Yosemite Valley, follow Southside Drive to the reserved parking area just beyond Cathedral Beach. There will be signs clearly posted instructing you where to park. At this point, you will need to present your parking permit to the ranger.
The featured shot was shot on the bank of the Merced River.
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