Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park. Photo Credit: John Colby
U.S. Cavalry at Yosemite National Park. Credit: National Park Service/Southern Pacific Company.
Before the National Park Service was established to oversee our nation's new national park system, the U.S. Army was tasked with protecting these lands. Pictured are members of U.S. 6th Cavalry, Troop F, beside the Fallen Monarch tree in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in 1899.
President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Credit: National Park SErvice
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt spent three days in Yosemite with conservationist John Muir, who persuaded Roosevelt to return Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to federal protection as part of Yosemite National Park.
Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir on horseback in Yosemite. Credit: National Park Service
rock climbers on El Capitan_credit Bogumil Kozera
Yosemite's El Capitan rises nearly 3,600 feet above the valley floor, attracting rock climbers from around the world.
Upper Yosemite Falls_credit Damian Manda
Yosemite Falls_credit Ryan Park
Yosemite_credit Chase Lindberg