Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park is located in the eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in east central California, United States. The park covers an area of 761,266 acres or 1,189 square miles (3,081 km) and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain.

Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Although not the first designated national park, Yosemite was a focal point in the development of the national park idea, largely owing to the work of people like John Muir and Galen Clark.

Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. The park has an elevation range from 2,000 to 13,114 feet and contains five major vegetation zones. Of California's 7,000 plant species, about 50% occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20% within Yosemite. There are more than 160 rare plants in the park.

Summer weather is warm to hot, with occasional rain (usually as afternoon thundershowers, especially at the higher elevations). Yosemite Valley & Wawona (4,000 ft, 87°F. Most of the water flowing in Yosemite comes from snowmelt in the high country, so runoff decreases during the dry summer. Peak runoff typically occurs in May or June, with some waterfalls (including Yosemite Falls) often only a trickle or completely dry by August. Other waterfalls, including Vernal, Nevada, and Bridal Veil, run all year, however their flow can be very low by late summer.



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