Flowing nearly year-round from 620 feet, Bridalveil Fall is an iconic landmark visible to all who enter Yosemite Valley. The base of the fall is a popular stop and the first major waterfall most Yosemite visitors experience. Over time, nearby trails and facilities have deteriorated, posing an inconvenience to visitors and endangering valuable plant and wildlife habitat.

The project to restore the trail to Bridalveil Fall is an ambitious multiyear effort designed to enhance the visitor experience while restoring precious habitat in this iconic location. In 2015, park experts delved into the planning process for a comprehensive rehabilitation to diminish future impacts on the waterfall ecosystem, protect wildlife and create an exceptional experience for visitors. Initial field work included delineating wetland areas, mapping archeological sites, conducting surveys for trees and other plants, and mapping social trails within the proposed project area, laying the groundwork for improving the trail system, viewing areas and visitor experience.

Your support for the early phases of this project helped lay the foundation for important restoration work that will improve habitat and visitor experiences at the base of an iconic Yosemite waterfall.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park.

Elexis Freddy

Project Management

Project Notes

In addition to providing better access and a more welcoming approach, this project incorporates principles of sustainable design and water conservation. It will be a very visible project that demonstrates leadership by fostering a culture of sustainability.