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Elm Tree in Yosemite Valley


Make Yosemite your everyday backdrop! Browse the gallery below to select and download a free Facebook cover photo or a wallpaper image for your desktop or mobile device.

To get started, click your favorite photo, and then use the links provided to download and save the image to your computer, phone or tablet. For more help, see detailed instructions below.


The iconic elm tree in Cook's Meadow is a living remnant of the Yosemite's pioneer past.

Elm Tree in Yosemite Valley

This famous tree in Cook’s Meadow is the last of a group of elms planted by James Mason Hutchings in the mid-1800s. While most elms and other non-native tree species have been removed from the area, this individual remains. The now historic tree, whose leafy contour calls to mind the shape of Half Dome, is a true icon of the Valley floor and a favorite subject among photographers.

Photo: © Keith Walklet



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Wallpaper Help

Let Yosemite’s beauty be your backdrop! Browse our gallery of free park photos and add some Sierra scenery to your desktop or mobile device. Follow the directions below to download your new wallpaper image or Facebook cover photo.

Mobile Phone/Tablet Users:

Select the download action for your device (Android or iPhone) from the menu beside the photo. Once the photo has loaded fully, press on the image until a list of options appears. Select the “save” option, and then use your phone’s photo gallery or display settings to set the image as your wallpaper.

Desktop Windows Users:

Select the “Desktop” option from the menu beside the photo.
If using Google Chrome: When the photo has loaded fully, right-click and select “Save Image As.” Once the image is saved to your device, use your computer’s Control Panel to update your desktop background with the new image.
If using Firefox or Internet Explorer: When the photo has loaded fully, right-click on the image and Select "Set As Wallpaper" or "Set As Background" from the drop-down menu. Check your desktop to see the new background.
Note: You may need to restart your computer for the wallpaper to be installed.

Desktop Mac users:

Select the “Desktop” option to download to your computer. Once the photo has loaded fully, click the image and drag it to your desktop. Open "System Preferences" and select "Desktop." Add the photo to the Desktop pictures window by dragging and dropping it, or by selecting the image file from the side bar. Select the image to set it as your wallpaper.
Note: You may need to restart your computer for the wallpaper to be installed.

Facebook Covers:

Click the “Facebook Cover” link to open the image file. Save the photo to your computer (on Windows, right-click on the image; on Mac, either CTRL-click or drag the image to your desktop). Sign into Facebook and upload the file as your cover photo. Share Yosemite’s beauty with your social media network — and inspire others with your commitment to preserving and protecting the park!