Yosemite’s splendor by the numbers

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CC BY 2.0 Mark J. Miller

Yosemite National Park is so visually stunning that the facts behind the beauty can sometimes seem moot – but these impressive numbers bear noting.

When I think of Yosemite I smell big trees and clean air, I hear water rushing and wind rustling; Ansel Adams’ photographs hijack my brain and majestic sweeps of monochromatic cliffs and clouds fill my reverie. It is a place of such singular grandeur that it can be almost overwhelming. But behind all of that natural beauty are a lot of numbers that are really quite impressive. I was struck by some of these recently when I was reading through the Complete Guide to Yosemite at Live Once Live Wild and thought I’d share. Consider the following:

747,956: The number of acres that comprise the park in total. I'm not sure most people realize how big it is!

95: The percentage of Yosemite National Park considered to be wilderness area.

225,510: The number of acres of old-growth forest within the park – which is amazing given that much of California’s oldest trees were logged beginning in the 1850s.

3,000: The age in years that a giant sequoia can live to; there are around 500 mature ones in Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove. This is one of the nation's true treasures.

250: How many species of vertebrates – including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals – supported by the park’s habitats.

8: How many miles the valley itself is long.

3,000: The height in feet of El Capitan (pictured above), the largest granite monolith in the world.

2,425: The height in feet of Yosemite Falls, the park’s biggest waterfall; it is among the 20 highest waterfalls in the world.

13,114: In feet, the height of Mount Lyell, the highest point in Yosemite National Park.

1600: The length of streams in miles.

800: The length of hiking trails in miles.

4 million: The number of people who usually visit Yosemite each year.

5 million: The number of people who visited Yosemite in 2016.

1984: The year that Yosemite was designated a World Heritage Site – and is it any wonder??

For more information, see the Complete Guide to Yosemite.

Yosemite’s splendor by the numbers
Yosemite National Park is so visually stunning that the facts behind the beauty can sometimes seem moot – but these impressive numbers bear noting.

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