In 1864, Yosemite Valley’s world-famous cliffs and waterfalls helped spur the nation’s first public lands legislation. More than 150 years later, that scenery continues to inspire millions of people every year.

Over time, conifers have transformed some of the Valley’s classic vistas, blocking views of well-known features, such as Bridalveil Fall and El Capitan. Through this grant, crews cleared select trees to restore historic vistas, including the famed Valley View, the inspiration for countless landscape paintings and photographs. Establishing clear views of famous features not only improves visibility of Yosemite’s beauty and natural history, but also  protects habitat by encouraging visitors to enjoy scenery from designated, durable viewing areas.

Your support helped protect natural resources and views by restoring historic vistas that have long inspired Yosemite visitors.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

Garrett Dickman

Botanist, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

When set aside in 1864, Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were the first natural areas in the United States protected for public benefit and appreciation of the scenic landscape. Vista management creates access for visitors of all ages and abilities to experience the monumental beauty of the park.