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Yosemite National Park

Created by Congress on October 1, 1890, Yosemite National Park is located in the central eastern portion of California and covers an area of 747,956 acres in Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera Counties. It gets its name from the battle cry of Native American's who once lived there, which was Yo-che-ma-te, or 'some among them are killers'.

Reaching across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the park is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, and Giant Sequoia groves. According to archaeologists, the Yosemite Valley has been inhabited for nearly 3000 years, though humans may have first visited the area as long as 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. The park receives over 3.7 million visitors each year.

Yosemite National Park, South Dome, 1900

Yosemite National Park, South Dome, 1900

Yosemite, CA - Half Dome at Sunset

Yosemite, CA - Half Dome at Sunset

Yosemite, CA - Sentinal Bridge

Sentinal Bridge,Brian Grogan,Yosemite,2001

Yosemite National Park, CA - Stoneman Bridge

Yosemite National Park - Stoneman Bridge

Yosemite, CA - Upper & Lower Falls

Yosemite, CA - Upper & Lower Falls

Yosemite, CA - Vernal Falls

Yosemite, CA - Vernal Falls

Yosemite National Park, Domes, 1865

Yosemite National Park, Domes, 1865

Yosemite National Park, CA - Half Dome

Yosemite National Park, Half Dome

Yosemite National Park, CA - Mountains

Yosemite National Park, Mountains - 2

Yosemite National Park, CA - Mountains

Yosemite National Park, Mountains

Yosemite National Park, CA - River

Yosemite National Park, River

Yosemite National Park, CA - Rock Climbers

Yosemite National Park, Rock Climbers

Yosemite Valley, CA - From Artists Point, 1898

Yosemite Valley from Artists Point, 1898

Yosemite Valley, CA - 1866

Yosemite Valley, 1866

Yosemite National Park, CA - Waterfall

Yosemite National Park, Waterfall

Yosemite National Park, CA

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, CA - River

Yosemite National Park, River

Yosemite National Park, CA - Rock Climbers - 2

Yosemite National Park, Rock Climbers - 2

Yosemite, CA - Stair Step Rocks

Yosemite - Stair Step Rocks