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Visiting Yosemite National Park This report will include the parks history and geology the wildlife the trees the valley and falls the fees and permits for the park and when to visit The American Indians have lived in the Yosemite region for over 8000 years National Park Services Page 1 By the mid-nineteenth century the native residents had their first contact with non- Indian people The native people of Yosemite had an ethnicity of traditions including religion songs and political affiliations On June 30 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting Yosemite Valley to the State of California as an inalienable public trust This meant that it could not be taken away from the State of California This was the first time in history that the federal government had set aside scenic lands simply to protect them and allow all people to enjoy it National Park Services Page 2 Yosemite became a national park on October 1 1890 Automobiles were not permitted into the park until the year 1913 By the year 1954 visitation surpassed one million people and by 1976 over two billion people had visited the park In the mid-1990s visitation peaked over four billion people National Park Services Page 2 Yosemite National Park covers a huge area of the western Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California Yosemite is approximately 200 miles east of San Francisco There are three state roads that approach from the west and meet on the lower ends of the valley At the western ends of the valley where the mountains at either side come close together the roads become narrow and pass through several tunnels The park ranges from 2000 feet above sea level to more than 13000 feet with several major attractions including Yosemite Valley with waterfalls cliffs and extraordinary rock formations Exhibit 1 The gross acreage for Yosemite National Park is 76126628 acres Uhler Page 2 Yosemite has various kinds of wildlife which include animals
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