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Bridalveil Fall Tours

Bridalveil Fall
One of the first waterfalls that you'll see as you enter Yosemite National Park, Bridalveil Fall is a towering, plunge-type waterfall measuring some 620 feet (188 meters) in height. It flows year-round and reaches its peak around May. On windy days, it sometimes almost looks like the waterfall is falling sideways.

The Basics
Bridalveil Fall became popular after Ansel Adams published his photograph Gates of the Valley featuring the waterfall. Take the short (about 20 minutes round-trip), but steep, hike up to the base to see the falls close-up, but be sure to dress appropriately: You’ll encounter spray in the spring and possibly icy conditions in the winter.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bridalveil Fall is one of Yosemite’s most-photographed sites.
  • Make sure to wear solid footwear if hiking the trails around the fall, as they can get slippery or icey.
  • Come at sunrise for the best photos, before the crowds arrive.
  • The paved trail to the base of the falls is considered too steep for travelers using wheelchairs.

How to Get There
The parking lot at the Bridalveil Fall trailhead, often jammed during the summer season, is accessible via Wawona Road or Southside Drive. A paved trail leads from the parking lot to the falls. To avoid the traffic jams, instead head a little farther east into Yosemite Valley along Southside Drive, park along the side of the road, and hike from there. This trail offers various views of Bridalveil Fall on the way in. No shuttle service is available to the waterfall’s parking area.

When to Get There
Bridalveil Fall is a year-round attraction, though it’s at its most popular in May, when heavy spring rains dramatically increase the flow, and during the summer, when the park’s visitor numbers peak. If you’re hiking in the area, start early to beat the crowds or come late in the day, timing your hike to finish just before sunset.  

Ansel Adams
The man responsible for making Bridalveil Fall famous, Ansel Adams was one of the most celebrated American photographers in history. He was best-known for his landscape photography highlighting the natural treasures of the American West and took many of the earliest images of America's national parks.
Address: Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Bridalveil Fall

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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

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Get acquainted with the landmarks and highlights of Yosemite National Park during this 9-hour day tour from Fresno or Oakhurst. Travel into the Yosemite Valley through the Southgate, then spend the day viewing and photographing some of the valley's best features such as Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country.  Hike down the 4-Mile Trail (during the spring to fall) or choose to remain on the bus. Lunch will be provided and can be eaten along the trail. National Park entrance fees included.
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  • 9 hours
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Jeep 4 X 4 Yosemite Park Tour with Hotel Pickup

Jeep 4 X 4 Yosemite Park Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Convertible 2020 Jeep 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite - Full-day. Snow or Dirt this gentle monster knows we need to get there. There is a time in life you want to indulge in luxury, instead of riding in a crowded bus with others you need to go on a private tour without breaking the bank. Jeep has capacity for up to 4 guests for one price. In good weather we can remove 2 front sun roofs before we arrive and if you want to go full convertible that option is also available and requires us to remove the complete top before we arrive.To celebrate Birthday or Anniversary, Engagement or Proposal, Celebrate success or just enjoy a trip with family and kids. We can make this trip special for you. Private Tour so you can decide the schedule whatever is convenient to you and we can customize the tour for your needs. Just let us know what interests you.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hummer 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite - with Hotel Pickup !

Hummer 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite - with Hotel Pickup !

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Explore Yosemite National Park on a private tour in a 4X4 Hummer. Create your own itinerary with options to get out and hike, or stay in the Hummer for a scenic ride. Stop for a picnic lunch, and learn how John Muir convinced President Roosevelt to create the park during a 3-night camping trip. End the tour with a visit to The Pioneer Village History Center. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for an exclusive experience away from crowds.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing SUV Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing SUV Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Enjoy Yosemite at your pace. Indulge in luxury instead of riding in a crowded bus without breaking the bank. Your SUV has capacity for up to 4 guests at one set price. This is a great way to celebrate special occasions or simply to enjoy a trip with family and kids. This tour allows you to customize your schedule and to visit the attractions that best suit your needs and interests.
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  • 8 hours
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Full Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing Van Tour - with Hotel Pickup !

Full Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing Van Tour - with Hotel Pickup !

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Private Yosemite Tour at your pace. If you have more than 4 guests in your group you can use this option for up to 9 guests in a comfortable Van. All at one price. Your family and friends can enjoy a private tour instead of being, think of a sheep blindly following the flock no matter where they go just ...in a larger group in a bus with other strangers. Our local guides can make this trip special for you. Private Tour so you can decide the schedule whatever is convenient to you and we can customize the tour for your needs. Just let us know what your interests are we do the rest.
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  • 8 hours
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias - One Way (SF to Yosemite or v.v.)

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If you are needing a more flexible itinerary to experience the wild, natural beauty of Yosemite National Park this is the tour for you. This is the only Yosemite Valley tour from San Francisco where you can select your departure day and return day as separate segments. Enjoy plenty of free time to hike, bike and explore at your own pace. Guaranteed departures 365 days a year. Arrange your hotel separately, accommodations are NOT included in the tour.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland

1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland

This experience to the towering granite cliffs and gushing waterfalls of Yosemite National Park and its Giant Sequoias takes off 365 days a year. This is the only 1-day Yosemite Valley tour from San Francisco where you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. Your heart will race as you enter Yosemite Valley for 5 glorious hours to enjoy Lower Yosemite, Nevada and Bridalveil falls, then take some moments at El Capitan, Half Dome and other iconic monuments.
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  • 7 hours
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Yosemite National Park - One Way Trip

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Skip the hassle of driving and enjoy a relaxed journey from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. This one-way service is via comfortable, Wi-Fi-equipped coach, includes photo stops, and drops you off at Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

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Spend the day immersed in nature on a full-day hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. See the dramatic slopes of Half Dome and North Dome, experience the force of Yosemite Falls, and hike a variety trails to see Mirror Lake, and Spider Caves. Opt for a tour of an old Pioneer village and cemetery if you want. Guides carry water purification and first aid equipment and all profits form this tour support Yosemite youth summer camp programs.
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  • 8 hours
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