Yosemite National Park is celebrating its 123rd birthday today! Although I am not a world traveler, I do know a beautiful place when I see one. For two consecutive summers my family and I drive up to Yosemite National Park to hike, bond with each other, and experience some of the most breathtaking views. It is unfortunate that the park was shutdown today due to the federal government shut down that has impacted national parks, museums, and federal agencies. So even though visitors can not come to the park today to celebrate hundreds of years of preserved landscape, we can take a few minutes to learn abut the park and its history.
- Yosemite National Park was established on October 1, 1890
- The park itself measures 748,542 acres (or 1,169 square miles)
- 94% of the park is designated “wilderness”
- There are 1,445 individual campsites park-wide
- There are 360 miles of paved road throughout Yosemite
- There are 800 miles of developed trails throughout Yosemite
- The highest peak at Yosemite is Mt. Lyell at 13,114 feet
- 318 = the number of major park lakes in Yosemite
- 127 = the number of major park lakes with fish
- 191 = the number of major park lakes without fish
- In 1899, almost 100 years after the Park was established, there were only 4,500 visitors. Today, more than 4 million have visited the beauty that Yosemite National Park holds.