The Yosemite Firefall In Northern California Will Be Visible For Two Weeks Again This Year

It’s that time of year again! Yosemite National Park’s famous natural phenomenon, the firefall, will once again be making an appearance. Visitors can catch the firefall from mid-to-late February each year at sunset when the orange glow of the water creates the illusion of hot, molten lava flowing from the mountain. A strange phenomenon that has turned into a beloved tradition, this firefall in Northern California is something you have to see to believe. Interested in checking it out for yourself this year? Read on to learn about all of the details.

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For two weeks in February, Yosemite Park’s Horsetail Falls will glow as if it’s actually on fire; this truly is something you need to see in person. This year’s Yosemite Firefall happens February 13-25, so start making plans to visit it ASAP. And 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 scenic view you can’t won’t want to 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 these 7 Little-Known Things To Do On Your Next Visit To Yosemite.

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Firefall In Northern California

February 01, 2021

What are some little-known facts about Yosemite National Park?

In addition to, you know, being the site of a firefall in Northern California, Yosemite National Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty and memorable things to see and do! Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, this site is renowned for its sequoia trees, Tunnel View, El Capitan, and the Half Dome Hike — but there are definitely some hidden gems and little-known facts about this beautiful state park. Perhaps most noteworthy is The Ahwahnee Hotel, an iconic example of parkitecture (a design aesthetic meant to blend in with natural surroundings), and its interior was actually the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of The Shining. Another cool tidbit? Horse enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that you can actually tackle the trails on horseback; trail rides are typically offered in 2-hour, half-day, and full-day increments, and we recommend this option for the scenic Mirror Lake trail.

What are some other scenic parks in Northern California?

Northern California is an absolutely stunning place to live and to visit, with the most beautiful and scenic outdoor parks. Some of our favorites include Castle Crags, Lava Beds National Monument, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lake Tahoe, and Gold Country. And of course, the California Redwood National and State Parks, one of the state’s most wondrous treasures.

Are there any waterfall hikes in Northern California?

There are! If you live near Redding, there are five different waterfalls you can see in one day! There are also several waterfall hikes in Northern California that are short and accessible; we enjoy Bridal Veil Falls, Potem Falls, and Hedge Creek Falls. And, of course, there’s the whole firewall in Northern California, which will take your waterfall hike to the next level.

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