Restoring Yosemite’s Iconic Scenic Vistas

Visitors from around the world come to Yosemite to experience the majestic landscapes. Many people take a scenic drive to see the park’s most famous icons from well-known viewpoints such as Tunnel View or Glacier Point. These scenic vistas connect visitors to the beauty and majesty of the park and create wonderful memories in the process.

This project re-establishes key scenic vistas, according to the park’s Scenic Vista Management Plan, by opening up 10 sites where encroaching vegetation obscured the once-marvelous views. Opening up these vistas gives visitors greater access to safer and environmentally sound locations from which to enjoy the grandeur of Yosemite. These new scenic viewpoints reduce the need to leave established areas and stop visitors from unintentionally creating social trails and putting themselves in danger.

Together, we are increasing the diversity of scenery and making your visitor experience more memorable.

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Project Notes

This work will open scenic vistas that were changing due to encroachment from lodgepole pines. New visitors can experience for themselves these historic views, and experienced visitors will be encouraged to remain on areas previously built for that purpose. These scenic views will continue to connect visitors to the grand spectacle of the Sierras.

Kevin McCardle
Historical Landscape Architect
Yosemite National Park