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“el capitan”(12 reviews)
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Northside Drive Just East of El Portal Road Junction, Yosemite National Park, CA
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All reviews el capitan merced river cathedral rock well worth the stop granite walls both sides bridal veil falls take your breath away bridalveil fall take photos ansel adams parking area parking lot glacier point foreground valley drive
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It doesn't matter which way you're looking, everywhere looks amazing here. Even in the late season (October) it is still very crowded with people everywhere and parking is super hard to find during the day/early morning. But it still doesn't take away from how majestic...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well, it's actually a big "spot" with oversized views like most of Yosemite. Skimming recent reviews I've not much to add, except some tiny points. First, this is a stop for the Yosemite Valley tram tour, as well as convenient for the shuttle bus stop,...More

Thank drmikenyc
Reviewed 1 week ago

You used to be able to see right through to Half-dome from here, but now the trees have grown obscuring the view, it is still a great introduction to beauty of the park and you can have a quiet sit by the river. Probably one...More

Thank phil52_10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spread out a blanket and waited for the sunset to illuminate Half Dome. It was peaceful and cool in the valley. Two deer walked right past us, not even concerned with us being there.

Thank Tyson M
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Surrounded by the domes and meadows, valley is one of the must visited places in Yosemite. Try to find a quiet place beside the river and enjoy a bath or only the view. If you are lucky , you might see some wildlife.

Thank Mehbuba R
Reviewed August 9, 2018

Of course, both views are amazing, but I liked Valley View better than Tunnel View. You are standing at the foot of Merced River with Bridalveil Falls right in front of you. El Capitan is on the left, which is my favorite landmark in the...More

Thank Frank D
Reviewed July 17, 2018

Definitely worth stopping here for a good look at the water, el captain and this end of the valley. Note that contrary to google maps the parking lot is on the left hand side of the road and there is no trail. Much less traffic...More

Thank Paul T
Reviewed July 8, 2018

STOP and take in one of the most amazing views. El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Catheral Rocks,meadow, river, the beauty and quietness will take your breath away. Sit on rocks near river and listen to birds, wind on skin, you might get lucky and see deer...More

Thank ginnym92
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

We drove the valley in the morning and the views were fabulous. Not to be missed. The only caution is that parking is very limited, so if you want to stop and hike, start early. We did get a parking spot when we needed one,...More

Thank Jack D
Reviewed June 6, 2018

One of the many views I got to see while taking the Yosemite Valley Tour as some of the views you'll usually see require a wheeled transportation of some kind unless you want to walk all day which I usually do but to get to...More

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