Its clean and undisturbed natural surroundings attract around 4.3 million people every year. Inhabited by the Ahwahneechee community before the arrival of Caucasians in the nineteenth century, the region was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. The Yosemite valley is home to around 7,000 plant species, including five vegetation zones.
The Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Road, Wawona/Mariposa Grove, and Tuolumne Meadows are a few of the numerous sites available for hiking. Eight hundred miles of trails are waiting to be explored by in this beautiful park.
The birds that are popular among visitors include the spotted owl, peregrine falcon, great gray owl, northern goshawk, and pileated woodpecker. You are not allowed to use broadcast bird calls to elicit the birds in this park. Bird watching is an interesting activity; however, it demands a lot of patience.
The horseback rides in the park include the mule rides that are available in 2-hour, 4-hour, and full-day categories. Also, one can opt for multi-day categories.
The Merced river is open for rafting during the summers. The stretch between the Stoneman bridge and Sentinel beach is used for rafting, provided that the water level is less than 6 feet, and the temperature of the water is more than 100 °F.