Yosemite is the natural habitat for a variety of wildlife, including bears, deer, coyotes, various species of fox, raccoons, various snake species, skunks, and much more.
Located in California, Yosemite National Park has some of the most beautiful scenery on the earth. In 1864 President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant which protected Yosemite Valle. Later, John Muir fought to protect the area surrounding the valley as well. As a result, the door was opened to form the National Park System of which Yellowstone was the first. Yosemite was declared a National Park by Congress on October 1, 1890, but California continued to maintain control of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. In 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt signed a bill that took control of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove from California.
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How Yosemite Valley was formed:
Starting about 10 million years ago a series of glaciers began to form in the area that was destined to become Yosemite. An Additional series of Glacial movement continued to sculpt the area about 2 to 3 million years ago.
About 1 million to 250,000 years ago one or more of the glaciers formed in the higher Alpine Meadows moved slowly down the river valleys. As the glaciers moved down the slopes they broke away the granite rock sculpturing what was eventually to become Yosemite Valley.
About 10,000 years ago the valley glaciers had melted, leaving Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite 2: The outside of the Covered Bridge at Wawona
Yosemite 1: A view from inside the Covered Bridge at Wawona.
Yosemite 3: A classic scene of Yosemite Valley taken from the look-out area just outside the Wawona Tunnel.
Yosemite 4: A classic view of Yosemite Falls from Glacier Point.
Yosemite 5: Creek, just below Bridalveil Falls.
Yosemite 6: A view of the clouds forming in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite 7: A view of Half Dome taken from Yosemite Valley
Yosemite 8: The snow has mostly melted Yosemite Valley
Yosemite 9: A classic scene of Yosemite Valley taken from the look-out area just outside the Wawona Tunnel.
Yosemite 10: The river just below Vernal Falls.
Yosemite 11: A view of the Merced River in lower Yosemite Valley with Yosemite Falls in the background.
Yosemite 12: El Capitan This photo was taken from the scenic look-out just outside the Wawona Tunnel.
Yosemite 13: A black and White picture of Half Dome taken in the 1980s.
Yosemite 14: A black and White picture of Yosemite Valley taken in the 1980s.