Geography of the Yosemite area

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Yosemite National Park as seen from space

Yosemite National Park is located in the central Sierra Nevada of California. Yosemite is surrounded by wilderness areas: the Ansel Adams Wilderness to the southeast, the Hoover Wilderness to the northeast, and the Emigrant Wilderness to the north.

The 1,189 sq mi (3,081 km²) park is roughly the size of Rhode Island and contains thousands of lakes and ponds, 1,600 miles (2,600 km) of streams, 800 miles (1300 km) of hiking trails, and 350 miles (560 km) of roads.[1] Two federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Merced and the Tuolumne, begin within Yosemite's borders and flow westward through the Sierra foothills, into the Central Valley of California. Annual park visitation exceeds 3.5 million, with most visitor use concentrated in the seven square mile (18 km²) area of Yosemite Valley.[1]

The geography of the Yosemite area can be visualized with the clickable map, below:

Half Dome Wapama Falls Lake Eleanor O'Shaughnessy Dam Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Tuolumne River Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne Tuolumne Meadows Hetch Hetchy Valley Bridalveil Fall El Capitan Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Illilouette Fall Liberty Cap Yosemite Falls Little Yosemite Valley Glacier Point Mariposa Grove Mount Clark - 11,522 ft Clark Range Heinrich C. Berann Mount Dana - 13,061 ft Tioga Pass Dana Meadows Lembert Dome North Dome Tenaya Lake Tenaya Canyon Cloud's Rest Merced River Ribbon Fall Yosemite Valley Tiltill Valley Cherry Lake Wawona Chilnualna Falls Sentinel Rock Tamarack Flat Porcupine Flat Badger Pass Ski Area Tioga Pass Road Matterhorn Peak - 12,244 ft Mount Gibbs - 12,773 ft Cathedral Peak - 10,940 ft Mount Lyell - 13,114 ft Mount Maclure - 12,694 ft Cathedral Range Mount Starr King - 9,092 ft
Painting of Yosemite by Heinrich C. Berann. Aerial view of the entire park from the west, looking east. Mouse over the picture and click on an area of interest.


  1. ^ a b "Nature & Science". United States National Park Service: Yosemite National Park. Retrieved January 27, 2007.