Gates of Heaven

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Gates of Heaven

Sometimes referred to as the Valley View, this view of Yosemite Valley from the Valley Floor is still one of my favorites – especially in the spring when the waterfalls are full and the foliage is a vibrant green with the Merced River running in the foreground.

Valley View is a remarkable spot to soak in some of Yosemite Valley’s unbelievably scenic charm, a view that highlights El Capitan, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Fall. Although glaciers ended their work carving out Yosemite Valley over 14,000 years ago, the Merced River continues to shape this valley, making Yosemite a very dynamic place.

Location: Valley View; Yosemite National Park.