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Horsetail Falls – Yosemite National Park, California

Horsetail Falls – Yosemite National Park, California

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The explicit scene of lava flowing from a height of 2,000 ft. can be mind-numbing and simultaneously mind boggling. The beautiful seasonal falls of California, in the Yosemite National Park will give you an opportunity to evidence the rare event of such a kind. The falls can be enjoyed only during a specific season and have waters flowing from huge heights which leave you spell bounded. The best way to bask in the beauty of these falls is to visit it in the mid February or by the end of the month. The place might be crowded at this time of the year by the photographers for the perfect snap of the glistening orange fluid, but your resilience to see the amazing site will definitely be paid back once you see the falls. It is only a few occasions that you get to see such miraculous happenings in nature when the water suddenly turns into flowing fire. Due to the rays of the setting sun falling at a particular angle on the waters, the water is imparted with a yellow color in the beginning which turns into a reddish orange lava flow subsequently.  If observed from the right places, where the sun backlights the falling water, the view is totally breath taking. The falls comprises of two streams descending side by side altogether; one on the east is larger than the one on the west. Flowing on the eastern side of the El Capitan, it is situated on the western side of the Lake Tahoe. The entire water flow in totality seems to be a bit narrow and small for a waterfall, but being seasonal it is bound to happen. In spite of its size, it manages to attract hoards of public and tourists attention every year. Ironically, the same place was previously used by a hotel in 1870 to create the famous man made attraction of fire falls using bark embers, which were pushed over the nearby Glacier Point. The show was both amusing as well as unsafe for the spectators and the environment and had to be banned. Also known as the Fire Falls, it needs a visit to believe its true existence.

Besides this wondrous beauty, there are a number of other falls in the vicinity of these falls. Famous as the California’s Waterfall Mecca, the Yosemite National Park has the most scenically placed falls throughout its expanse. The varied range from big to small, tall to short, you get to experience the countless water falls here residing amidst the deep valleys and the lush green meadows. Not so far from the Horsetail Falls, these other falls are also equally delightful to the eyes.

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

With the humungous height of 2,425 feet, the Yosemite Falls are the pride of the National Park and belong to the list of World’s Tallest Water Falls. It comprises of three sections, the upper Yosemite, the middle cascades and the lower Yosemite. It is known for the Moon Bow that it forms and the snow cone formation at the base of the upper waterfall.

Bridalveil Fall

Bridalveil Fall

A striking resemblance to the swaying veil of a bride was the reason why these falls where named so. Greeting you at the entrance of the valley, these waters take your heart away in one glance. Being perennial, the flow of these falls is high in volume. The high winds that blow these waters away from the wall of the water falls give it an appearance of the veil. The astounding site is just the beginning of the journey, is what the falls assure you.

Sentinel Falls

Sentinel Falls

Located just west of the Sentinel Rock, these falls are divided into a number of cascades which range from a height of 50 to 500 feet.  With the low drainage and seasonal occurrence of these falls, it is mostly missed by the tourists visiting during the odd season.

Vernal fall

Vernal Falls

The Vernal fall flows throughout the year and has the major attention from the hikers. Situated below the Nevada Fall on the Merced River, these falls flow at the peak levels during the months of May and June. Hiking on the rocky trails begins from the Happy Isles and can be completed by reaching the topmost point of the falls. A cherry on the cake is when you go ahead with the hike to reach the head of the Nevada Falls. These falls can be viewed from the Glacier Point and have the most enchanting scenario displayed when you look at them. Without visiting these falls, the trip to Yosemite National Park will prove to be incomplete.

The package of water-filled fun and frolic can be enjoyed in the Yosemite National Park apart from its other attractions. The best time on an average to visit this place and manage to catch onto almost all the falls in action, is spring and a few months after that. The holy grail of water falls situated in a picturesque frame of greenery and valleys, the falls truly show you the meaning of what heaven is. A surreal example of science in disguise of a miracle is the falls in the Yosemite National Park.

 

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