Firefall 2021 lights up — and Yosemite has prolonged the viewing

(CNN) – To the whole world it looks like dangerous hot lava pouring down the side of a cliff. But no, this isn’t volcanic activity in Yosemite National Park, California.

It’s water – a benevolent and beautiful waterfall experience known as the “fire fall”.

This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the dramatic increase in popularity of fire cases, the National Park Service was concerned that the lookouts would be crowded. Thus, travel restrictions and an online reservation system have been put in place, which you will need if you want to drive to the popular park.Originally the “season” of the fire fall was supposed to end on Wednesday, but due to the high level of interest, the park has extended the tour to Sunday, February 28th. The viewing times are daily from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

So how does “fire fall” come about?

The rays of the setting sun create a pinkish-orange hue in the Yosemite fire fall on Wednesday, February 24th.


According to the National Park Service, a fire has broken out at Horsetail Falls, which flows over the eastern edge of El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley.

It’s a small waterfall that usually only flows in winter. The park service said it was actually easy to miss.

But on some days in mid-to-late February, it might glow enchantingly and magically orange when backlit at sunset. That gives it that lavalike look.

The valet parking service says the glare only occurs on clear sky evenings when the waterfall is flowing. Even a little haze or a little haze can ruin the effect. Mother Nature gives no guarantees.

Firefall is of course a very interesting topic on Twitter and other social media. Even the US Department of the Interior agreed to the exciting publication about it.

Keeping things pristine

It is approximately a 1.5 mile walk from the nearest parking lot to the lookout near the El Capitan picnic area.

The park takes crowd control and parking very seriously in the environmentally sensitive area that has been trampled and devastated in the past. The website publishes explicit parking instructions and warns that violators could be towed.

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