Rare 'Firefall' Is Back at Yosemite National Park
This glowing site is making its return.
This winter has brought on a slew of natural phenomenons. Ghost apples and frozen Niagara Falls have made themselves known in the media, thanks to their hauntingly beautiful nature. In the same vein, for a short time in February, Yosemite National Park in California turns into a hotspot for tourists. And it’s not because of the white blankets of snow nor the wildlife views. It’s for something far more radiant.
Every year in February, what is dubbed as 'Firefall' can be seen at the National Park. Firefall is the combination of natural two factors: The position of the setting February sun and flowing Horsetail Fall. This perfect storm results in what looks like fiery lava cascading over a cliff, falling 1,000 feet.
The ignited falls have been a tourist destination for years, and viewers come from around the world to experience the greatness. Park officials were concerned that Horsetail Fall wouldn't flow due to lack of rainfall in California this winter. Thankfully, California recently experienced a snow dump so the falls are flowing plenty.
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If you’re itching to visit Firefall this year, Yosemite National Park has tips on planning your visit to the site. Park officials say that visitors should be prepared to walk at least a mile from their parking spot to the viewpoint, so bundle up and wear appropriate shoes!
Photographer Aaron Meyers, who visits Firefall every year, also did visitors the favor of documenting the ideal sunset times for 2019, which can be found on his blog.
It’s evident that this has been a wacky year of weather, and we’re hoping that this doesn’t affect the falls this February. Fingers crossed that admirers get to experience this treat, even if it's from their Instagram feeds.