Yosemite’s Glowing, Breathtaking “Firefall” Is Back the Last Two Weeks of February

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Glimpse the world-renowned “waterfall of fire.”

Horsetail Fall is a smaller, seasonal waterfall located on the eastern edge of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. And—for a few lucky days each February—the setting sun and snowfall cause the water to radiate brilliant orange and red hues, making it appear as though it is overflowing with neon lava. 

The rare phenomenon was thus nicknamed: “Firefall.” This year, it is expected to make its guest appearances from February 13 to February 27, 2020.

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The fiery lighting will only occur on evenings with a completely clear sky, and when the right amount of water is flowing, so it can take some serious luck catching the brilliant sight. But talk about worth it for this view:

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To view Horsetail Fall, park at the Yosemite Falls parking lot just west of Yosemite Valley Lodge), then walk 1.5 miles to a special viewing area near El Capitan Picnic Area. It’s snow season, so bring layers of warm clothes and a flashlight. 

Due to growing masses of visitors in recent years, reaching into the 1,000’s per day, various restrictions will be in effect, but no permit or reservation is required to view Horsetail Fall.

Where: Parking lot just west of Yosemite Valley Lodge, at 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389

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