Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, located in the central eastern portion of California covers an area of 747,956 acres in Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera Counties. 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 archeologists, 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.