Greetings from Yosemite National Park

Rubbing sleep out of my eyes, I grumbled at my parents, wondering why they were waking me up at seven in the morning. As we walked out of our rental cabin, I felt the glare of the sun as they told me that we were going on another hike.

Beginning the treacherous hike uphill at Valley Loop Trail, we climbed over rocks and boulders, going steadily higher in elevation until I could hear the distant rush of a waterfall in the distance. As we took the final steps into a clearing, I looked in awe at the sight of Upper Yosemite Falls: water cascading down the mountain into a pool of mist. Gazing at the breathtaking view, I realized that the seven mile hike was completely worth it.

Sincerely,
Katie

Yosemite National Park

With its sculpted granite rock formations, towering ancient sequoia trees and spectacular waterfalls, it's no wonder Yosemite is one of the most celebrated national parks in the world.

State(s): California

Established: 1890

“I am amazed by their beauty. ”

National parks represent the best of America. Why do you care about protecting and preserving them? Tell us why parks matter to you!

{{ active ? "Cancel" : "Begin"}}

Success! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

You’ll be notified by email when your story is approved and added to the collection on the My Park Story homepage.

In the meantime, you can share your own story page with your family and friends — and help us spread the word about these priceless memories and priceless places!

Here’s your unique story page link:

{{ storyUrl }}

* indicates Required fields

Click to choose a file to upload

Submitting your story means that you agree to our Terms of Service

More Stories

  • Greetings from Yosemite National Park

    I don't have a photo so you will have to use your imagination. Our oldest son was 3 and it was his second camping trip. This was in late September. We had never been to Yosemite so we were very excited. It was dusk when we pulled into the Valley…

  • Greetings from Yosemite National Park

    I did not grow up hiking or going to National Parks. I started at the age of 66. Yosemite was my first. I climbed to the top of Vernal Falls and back down by myself. The tour guide assured me I could not get lost and there would be a…

  • Greetings from Yosemite National Park

    The first time I visited Yosemite my then boyfriend suggested we go for my birthday. We were late leaving town, so by the time we got there it was already dark, and I couldn't really see anything. We checked in at Camp Curry, found our tent cabin, and turned in…

Donate

Preserve Our Parks

Make a tax-deductible gift today to provide a brighter future for our national parks and the millions of Americans who enjoy them.

Donate Now