Restore Historic Scenery: Valley View – 2017

Crews will clear select vegetation to restore Valley View and other stunning Yosemite vistas. Photo by Mark Stevens.

The world-famous cliffs and waterfalls that inspired the 1864 Yosemite Grant Act, which set aside the Valley as protected land, continue to inspire millions each year: More than 90 percent of park visitors cite scenery as a primary reason for their trip.

Much of that renowned scenery is visible from Valley View, a historic vista on the north shore of the Merced River framed by El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks. Over time, conifers have transformed the vista, obscuring views of Bridalveil Fall and Clouds Rest. Through this grant, crews identified and sustainably removed select trees to restore Valley View and seven other stunning vistas, improving visibility of Yosemite’s natural beauty and history. Re-establishing vistas also protects habitat, by encouraging visitors to enjoy scenery from designated, durable viewing areas.

Your support helped protect natural resources and views by restoring a historic vista that has inspired visitors for more than a century.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

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Project Notes
Restoring the scenic beauty of Valley View offers visitors a historic and memorable experience of Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park is an icon of scenic grandeur. For many visitors, Valley View may be the last view they see of Yosemite Valley before driving down the Merced River Canyon.

Garrett Dickman
Botanist
Yosemite National Park