Amazing Waterfalls in Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite is a home of hundreds of waterfalls and the best time to see its beautiful waterfalls is during spring when most of the snow melts. Peak flow occurs near May to June and most of the waterfalls gets dry or trickling by the end of August as snow melt is the lifeline of these waterfalls. Some of them are restored in late fall with storms and nearly all of them gets frost edges during the winter nights. Later these falls are restored after winter snow arrives.

Waterfalls at Yosemite National Park, California are special because some of them are located in such a way that they appear to be much more than just a normal waterfall.


This picture of Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park, California is captured from a position along the Merced River off Southside Drive.

Horsetail Fall is a small, ephemeral waterfall in Yosemite that flows over the eastern edge of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. For two weeks in February, the setting sun striking the waterfall creates a deep orange glow that resembles Yosemite’s historic “Firefall.”

The most popular place to see Horsetail Fall seemingly a fire is El Capitan picnic area, west of Yosemite Lodge and east of El Capitan. The “firefall” effect generally happens during the second half of February. A clear sky is necessary for the waterfall to glow orange.


This incredible shot of a rainbow that formed in the spray of a waterfall was captured by a young photographer who found himself in exactly the right place at the right time.

Another amazing shot of Yosemite Falls was taken by a student at the University of British Columbia, Justin Lee, who was hiking in California’s Yosemite National Park in July and found himself at a perfect place at the right moment where the waterfall was appearing like a rainbow due to the light reflection at a specif angle.

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