For more information California State Parks.
California, a beautiful breath-taking state in the West Coast of most popular states in the United States of America and the third most wide-spread state after Alaska and Texas. This state of America stands at the eight position in population among the fifty states of USA.
California has a varied geography ranging from the Pacific Coast located in the West to the Sierra Nevada Mountains situated in the East. In the Northwest are Redwood-Douglas-fir forests and the Mojave Desert in the Southeast. California has many valleys ad rivers within the state amidst the third largest coastline after Alaska and Florida.
The National Park of California is Yosemite National Park. Let us learn more about it.
Yosemite, The National Park of California is spread across the eastern part of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera covering an area of 761,268 acres. This park touches the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada chain of mountains attracting more than 3.7 million visitors annually.
Yosemite National Park is known for its stonework face, waterfalls, clear stream, Giant Sequoia groves and flora & fauna. Although a major portion of the park is wild, it gained the tag of a National Park during its development.
This National Park of California has a variety of plants and animals. The mountains stand tall at a height of 2127 to 13114 feet from the ground hosting the five giant vegetation zones: oak woodland, lower montane forest, upper montane forest, subalpine zone and the alpine zone.
Yosemite National Park has more than 20% of plant species of California, over 160 rare species of plants and exceptional soil formations. This park also hosts granitic rocks along with ancient rocks. This park has many types of erosion that are the result of creating valleys, canyons, domes and other features that are man-made and not natural wonders.
The popular features to be seen in this park are its Tunnel View- the most photographed view that attracts large number of tourists. Second on the sightseeing list is El Capitan, an important cliff that attracts rock climbers across the world because of its assorted climbing routes.
The National Park of California has Mediterranean climate i.e. slight rainfall can be witnessed during winters and almost dry seasons. Because of the nature of the park, rainfall increases upto a level of 8,000 feet and gradually falls down to the ridge. This park encounters 36 inches rainfall at 4,000 feet to 50 inches at 8,600 feet. During snowfall, the snow does not rest on the ground till November. The daily average temperature ranges from 25 to 53 degree Fahrenheit. Usually the temperatures are scorching with dry summer and summer thunderstorms. This climate results in dry vegetation and lightening that causes fire oftentimes.