The first protected land area in the United States reportedly took roughly 10 million years to form. That is about the time that upheaval in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains re-formed this mountain range, creating sharp slopes in the east, gentle slopes in the west, and intricate canyons spread intermittently throughout the area. Yosemite National Park was basically at the epicenter of this change.
Humans came to this area as far back as 10,000 years ago. When Europeans arrived as part of the early 1850s gold rush, they quickly recognized the beauty of this place. The native inhabitants welcomed these visitors because instead of exploiting this land, they sought to preserve it. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill which created the Yosemite Land Grant, the first of its kind in American history. Preservation efforts accelerated over the next several decades, spearheaded by John Muir’s Sierra Club, as well as U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. Muir and the Rough Rider spent about a week on a Glacier Point camping trip.
Today, over four million visitors a year come to Yosemite National Park. They come to be in awe of nature's most spectacular beauty from the highest waterfall in the country, Yosemite Falls, to the mecca for rock climbers, El Capitan, which stands at almost 4,000 feet tall. Seemingly everywhere you turn in Yosemite there are natural features to captivate the eye, such as the mammoth granite peak called the Half Dome. Plus, there are many vistas and overlooks to feast your eyes on nature's glory, such as the Tunnel View and Glacier Point.
Three-quarters of visitors come between May and October, avoiding winter. By the time it starts to look a lot like Christmas until well after Valentine’s Day, Yosemite National Park is pretty much closed. When you visit Yosemite in an RV, you have the perfect base camp for checking out everything: from giant sequoias to delicate wildflowers and towering peaks to remote canyons. Generally, the campgrounds at Yosemite can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet and trailers up to 24 feet, though a few campsites can accommodate larger vehicles. RV camping is the best way to get back in touch with nature at Yosemite since none of the campgrounds inside the park offer hookups.