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Ribbon Fall, Yosemite National Park

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Ribbon Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, flows off a cliff on the west side of El Capitan and is the longest single-drop waterfall in North America. The fall is fed by melting winter snow; while therefore dry for much of the year, the fall is a spectacular 1,612 feet (491 m) in the spring. In exceptional years, an ice cone develops at its base during the winter months similar to that which usually forms beneath Upper Yosemite Fall. This deposit can reach a depth of 200 feet, versus 322 feet for the greatest depth of the ice cone beneath the Upper Fall and Lower Fall.

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  • I was pleased to see this waterfall on the left, across the Valley, when I was driving into the Valley on Southside Drive. It sort of ‘bookends’ one side of El Capitan and lets me know that great... 
    I was pleased to see this waterfall on the left, across the Valley, when I was driving into the Valley on Southside Drive. It sort of ‘bookends’ one side of El Capitan and lets me know that great...  more »
  • This is a seasonal fall, flowing only really between April and May. It flows in a thin ribbon down the side of the west cliff of El Capitan. You have to know where to look for it because it isn't a... 
    This is a seasonal fall, flowing only really between April and May. It flows in a thin ribbon down the side of the west cliff of El Capitan. You have to know where to look for it because it isn't a...  more »
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  • Ribbon Fall does not flow year round. It is best to see this waterfall in the Spring as snow melts in the higher elevations. This is the longest single drop in North America. When it is flowing there are various points on the floor that you can see this waterfall. These photos were taken in April, 2021.
  • Ribbon Falls. The highest continuous fall in North America at 1612 feet. It does not run all year. It is supplied by melting snow. Spectacular when running.

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