Yosemite National Park is located in Sierra Nevada, California and is one of the first wilderness areas to be named a National Park in the U.S. The park is almost 1,200 square miles and is well known for the waterfalls, however, one can discover vast valleys, immense plains, old giant sequoias and a grand wilderness land.
The first visitors started coming to the park in 1855. By 1864 President Lincoln established the Yosemite Grant. This grant made the valley and Giant Sequoias area of Mariposa Grove as a state managed public reserve.
In 1890, Robert Underwood Johnson, editor of Century Magazine, and John Muir, thought that the valley was being adverversly affected by grazing and the timber business. They successfully convinced congress to make the high country a national park.
In 1906, Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were again given over to the control of the federal government. It was specified as a World Heritage Site in 1984 and has over 3.5 million tourists each year, for the most part spending time in the valley since 89% of the park is concluded to be wilderness.
Yosemite gets most of its rain in January, February, and March. Summers are typically warm and dry. Spring and fall are transitional months, when comfortable, bright days can without warning bring storms. Clouds can accumulate all throughout the summer to stage breathtaking thunderstorms. Not just a great Valley ... but a shrine to human foresight , strength of granite, power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
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