The minute you touch base at Yosemite, you’ll start to encounter what others have treasured for over 10,000 years—when Native Americans first put down roots in Yosemite Valley. Encompassed by characteristic magnificence, undoubtedly endless wilderness, sheer bluffs and striking peacefulness, a soul of revelation will spring up inside you.
You’ll be following in the strides of the West’s first non-local settlers, who came for the California gold rush in 1850 and returned home—some with wealth and some with stories of a place so amazing in scale thus stunning in the magnificence that words alone couldn’t do it justice.
As the stories spread, the main travelers took to horseback finding the most remote ranges of the Yosemite Valley. Its adequate untamed life—deer, bear, and fish—implied a sensible supply of sustenance, and with that came the region’s first year-round settlers by the mid-1860s.
Strikingly, some of the early settlers had the foresight to understand Yosemite’s phenomenal excellence and rich natural resources needed to be protected—and helped with shielding the giant Sequoias from logging. While the country was intensely separated by the Common War, President Abraham Lincoln signed a grant that permanently secured the land. Yosemite was one of the main regions safeguarded for its grand magnificence, open for public use, and continued satisfaction – and Yosemite was a piece of the establishment for what turned into America’s National Parks.
Today, around 4 million people visit Yosemite every year—explorers, climbers, campers, bikers, picture takers and nature admirers of various sorts—enchanted by the park’s remarkable beauty and eager to encounter one of America’s most prominent natural splendors.