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Bridalveil Fall

Be greeted by the thunderous waterfall that plunges into Yosemite Valley from high above when you reach the end of a pleasant wooded pathway.

Commonly the first waterfall visitors see when they enter Yosemite National Park, Bridalveil Fall is the perfect introduction to the region’s vast and monumental wilderness. Take the short and paved pathway to this breathtaking cascade and feel the invigorating spray of crisp mountain water on your face. Snap photographs of the drifting mists against a backdrop of glacially carved rocks.

Lace up your walking shoes and embark on the hike along the tree-lined path. As you wander along the paved trail, you’ll hear the sound of the water cascading over the cliff’s edge and into the pool below. See the 620-foot (189-meter) plunging fall coming into view as you reach the viewing platform.

During springtime, glacial melt bursts forth from the valley’s edge and creates a thunderous cascade. For the rest of the year, Bridalveil Fall is a wind-swept spray that flows like a pillar of mist. Seeing this phenomenon, Native Americans called the fall Pohono, which means “Spirit of the Puffing Wind.”

Choose from one of two shaded trails that lead to the stunning Bridalveil Fall viewpoint. The primary trail provides easy access to the breathtaking waterfall and is a 0.5-mile (0.8-kilometer) round trip. A slightly longer trail passing through pleasant meadows and over Bridalveil Creek presents views of majestic El Capitan along the way.

Be sure to pack a rain jacket during spring and early summer; sometimes the spray can be so strong it prevents access to the viewing platform. Wear sturdy shoes and take care when conditions are especially wet and slippery. Although the trail is paved, it is somewhat steep, limiting wheelchair access.

Bridalveil Fall is located in the central western part of Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Village is 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of the fall. Parking is available at the trailhead parking lot. This trailhead has a restroom. Reach the longer trail by driving a few hundred yards into Yosemite Valley and parking on the side of the road near the trailhead.


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Yosemite Valley Lodge £185
Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite Valley Lodge

9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Visitor Center is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

    The Ahwahnee £361
    The Ahwahnee

    The Ahwahnee

    9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is steps away from Ahwahnee Meadow and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Curry Village
      Curry Village

      Curry Village

      9010 Curry Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Yosemite National Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yosemite Mountaineering School and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Yosemite View Lodge £94
        Yosemite View Lodge

        Yosemite View Lodge

        11136 Highway 140, El Portal, CA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Yosemite National Park and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance. Yosemite Valley and Tunnel View are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          Large Vacation Home, Former B&b, Inside Yosemite
          Large Vacation Home, Former B&b, Inside Yosemite

          Large Vacation Home, Former B&b, Inside Yosemite

          7210 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Yosemite National Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Sierra National Forest. Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms
            Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms

            Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms

            7507 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Yosemite National Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sierra National Forest. Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              Scenic Wonders El Capitan Loft 3 Bedroom
              Scenic Wonders El Capitan Loft 3 Bedroom

              Scenic Wonders El Capitan Loft 3 Bedroom

              7306 Buck Brush Lane, Yosemite National Park, CA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Yosemite National Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Sierra National Forest and Yosemite Valley. Badger Pass Ski Area and Tunnel View are also within 12 miles (20 km).

                Sweetwater Lodge: Modern Home Inside the Park
                Sweetwater Lodge: Modern Home Inside the Park

                Sweetwater Lodge: Modern Home Inside the Park

                7309 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Yosemite National Park, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Yosemite National Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Sierra National Forest and Yosemite Valley. Badger Pass Ski Area and Tunnel View are also within 12 miles (20 km).