Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park

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At 188 m (617 ft) tall, Bridalveil Fall is one of the highlights of Yosemite National Park. This fall flows year-round, and was named for the mist that blows off it on breezy days, which resembles a bridal veil. In the spring, you can see the fall at its most powerful, roaring with snowmelt. The Ahwahneechee tribe believed the fall was home to a vengeful spirit, and according to legend, if you look directly at the waterfall when leaving the valley, you will be cursed. However, the tribe also believed inhaling the mist would increase your chance of marrying. The park features an easy, short hike to get a close-up view of the natural wonder. Bring water as it's not available at the trailhead or parking area. Arrange your visit to Bridalveil Fall and discover more family-friendly attractions in Yosemite National Park using our Yosemite National Park trip builder website.
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  • These waters cascade more than 600 feet down a sheer rock surface. They are very high up, and the wind currents there blow the falling waters into a fine mist. The Native Americans called this the... 
    These waters cascade more than 600 feet down a sheer rock surface. They are very high up, and the wind currents there blow the falling waters into a fine mist. The Native Americans called this the...  more »
  • There are two great viewpoints to admire Bridalveil Fall, but they’re across the river on Northside Drive. We tried the Hanging Valley viewpoint first which had an unobstructed view. Another day we.....  more
    There are two great viewpoints to admire Bridalveil Fall, but they’re across the river on Northside Drive. We tried the Hanging Valley viewpoint first which had an unobstructed view. Another day we.....  more »
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  • Bridalveil fall is the first water fall you will see in Yosemite National park. The water depends on the season. Unfortunately, it was a little big drought when we visited there this summer. However, it’s still worth visiting.
  • One of the most famous waterfalls in Yosemite valley, bridal veil fall is about 600 feet high and flows year around. It is usually the first waterfall that most visitors encounter after arriving at the valley. In a strong wind, the falling water is often blown sideways, and when the flow is weak, it may not reach the ground directly below. That is why native americans called the waterfall Pohono: Spirit of the puffing wind. To reach the bottom of the fall, you need to take the 1.2 mile round trip. The best time to visit the fall is the spring. The snowmelt roars over the falls and it fell like taking a shower under a tornado. There is a large park lot by the south drive, you can also park along the road. The park lot also has a grand view of El Capitan on the other side of the road. During the winter time, the rocks near the bottom of fall are very icy and slippery and you can fall easily, be aware. There is no clean restroom near the parking lot. The closest one is in the Yosemite Village. Due to the Rehabilitation Project, the Bridal veil fall area are closed between 2019 and 2022

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