Environment Planet Earth 15 Reasons to Visit Yosemite By Jaymi Heimbuch Writer California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer specializing in wildlife conservation. She is the author of The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Jaymi Heimbuch Updated June 05, 2017 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Planet Earth Outdoors Weather Conservation 1. The light Budd Creek Sunset, Tuolumne Meadows. Steve Dunleavy/Flickr 2. The reflections Dawn, Seavey Pass. (Photo:. Steve Dunleavy/Flickr) 3. The bears Photo:. Don Quintana/Flickr 4. The waterfalls Horsetail Falls. Mike Overall/Flickr 5. The hikes Kai Schreiber/Flickr 6. The colors Merced River, Little Yosemite Valley. (Photo:. Steve Dunleavy/Flickr) 7. The seasons Vincent Lock/Flickr 8. The birds Steller's jay. Anita Ritenour/Flickr 9. The drives The last switchback before Glacier Point. Dawn Endico/Flickr 10. The stars Milky Way at Tunnel View. Snooked123/Flickr 11. The challenges Half Dome cables. Steve Dunleavy/Flickr 12. The wildflowers Dawn Ellner/Flickr 13. The sunsets Sunset, Lyell Canyon. Steve Dunleavy/Flickr 14. The critters Marmots atTuolumne Meadows. Dawn Ellner/Flickr) 15. The serenity Tunnel View. Vicent Lock/Flickr This is part of Explore America's Parks, a series of user's guides to national, state and local park systems across the United States.