Yosemite Falls is a prime attraction for visitors to Yosemite National Park, and now a new webcam allows anyone with an internet connection to enjoy a view of the falls. The camera is a partnership of the non-profit Yosemite Conservancy, the park and Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts.
The new webcam joins three others with links on the Yosemite Conservancy website, which offer views of Half Dome, El Capitan and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
"The webcams provide windows into Yosemite for people to plan a visit and to be inspired about the need to preserve and protect one of the world's most unique places," said Yosemite Conservancy president Mike Tollefson. "This technology makes the park's incredible scenery accessible to anyone, anywhere and at any time. What could be better than starting your day by viewing Yosemite Falls?"
Tollefson said that technology allows more people than ever to connect with the park in new and different ways. More than 400,000 have viewed the webcams annually since 2009. "We added the Yosemite Falls webcam in response to the public's request for live images of this iconic setting," he said.
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher said, "Technology is providing new ways to connect people to Yosemite, help visitors to plan trips and learn about the park. All of this improves the visitor experience."
According to information from the park, Yosemite Falls has a height of 2,425 feet, and its actually made up of three separate falls: Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 feet), the middle cascades (675 feet), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 feet). Flows vary based on rain and snowfall, but generally occur from November through July, with the peak flow in May.