Yosemite Waterfall

Almost everyone knows Yosemite Waterfall by sight: the crown jewel of Yosemite Valley, it's an icon of the park and also the highest waterfall in North America. But did you know that dozens of other waterfalls can be found in the Groveland area? One of these is Ribbon Fall, which can be seen during a drive into the valley—just look for a parking area past the turn to its even more famous neighbor, Bridalveil.

You can see Bridalveil from Big Oak Flat Road, which leads straight off from our hotel and into the park. Get a closer look on the trail to its base before continuing down the road another 15 minutes to Glacier Point, which offers views of Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls. Glacier Point is open from around May to November. Wheelchair-accessible trails to these falls will also be open so long as the road is.

Dedicated waterfall seekers should also try the Panorama Trail to Illiouette Fall or the relatively lesser-known Wapama Falls in Hetch Hetchy Valley. Look for Horsetail Fall from El Capitan picnic area, which is on the way. If you can make it at sunset, you'll see the cliff catch its light and turn Horsetail into a fiery stream!

These are just a few of the many waterfalls in Yosemite National Park; for complete information, we recommend visiting the Park website and other resources. While making plans, please remember that Yosemite's waterfalls are fed by snowmelt: most will be at their peak during May and other spring months, although some like Bridalveil and Nevada flow year-round.

It's not an overstatement to say that a visit to Yosemite isn't complete without seeing a waterfall or two. Fortunately, with a little advance planning it's easy to make them a part of your next stay with the Groveland Hotel!