Northern California January 28, 2020
Yosemite’s Iconic Firefall In Northern California Will Be Visible For Two Weeks In 2020
It’s that time of year again! Yosemite National Park’s famous natural phenomenon, the Firefall, will once again be making an appearance this February. This year, the iconic Yosemite Firefall is expected to be visible for two weeks, so you’ll want to be sure to make time to see it. A strange phenomenon that has turned into a beloved tradition, seeing Horsetail Falls glow as if it’s on fire is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. Interested in seeing it this year? Read on to learn about all of the details!
The beauty of Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park isn't exactly a secret around here. It's one of the park's most popular features. However, you can see it in one of its most rare forms when you visit it this February as it transforms into the Firefall.
Located on the east side of El Capitan, Horsetail Fall is a seasonal waterfall that flows only in the winter and early spring. Seeing it as it cascades down the side of El Capitan in two, 1,500-foot streams is always a mesmerizing experience. And yet, it becomes even more spectacular for a select amount of time in February.
Visible almost every year in the month of February, the Firefall occurs when the sunset hits the waterfall just right and illuminates it in a fiery red glow. It really does look like a waterfall of fire!
Catching this stunning effect firsthand can be tricky. It's only visible on evenings when the sky is completely clear of clouds and fog and the sun must set at just the right angle. Oh, and the waterfall must be flowing at just the right amount for it to work.
If all the conditions line up perfectly, then the Firefall will appear—but only for approximately 10 minutes, so make sure your camera is ready. Exactly when the Firefall appears changes from year to year, but for 2020 it's expected to be visible from February 12 through February 28. It's predicted that the absolute best time to view it will be on February 22 between 5:28 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.
There's no designated spot for viewing the glowing waterfall, although the picnic area at El Capitan is certainly one of the most popular viewing destinations. You can really stop and set up your viewing point just about anywhere between Yosemite Falls and the picnic area. No permits or passes are required to view the phenomenon.
The epic Yosemite Firefall will be here before you know it, so start making plans to visit it right away. If you do end up planning a trip to see the falls, be sure to dress warmly and prepare to get there early. This is one view you can't let yourself miss.
Have you had the pleasure of seeing the Yosemite Firefall before? Tell us about your experience in the comments! Make the most of your time at Northern California’s extraordinary national park and take a look at this list of
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