Yosemite’s Horsetail Fall – February Firefall

Featured Photo Credit: Katie Rodriguez

What I love about being in the Central Valley (specifically Fresno) is that it is relatively equidistant to everything South or North, be it cities, attractions, or National Parks/Forests. Yosemite is no exception. Despite that, Mike and I admit to not seeing enough of Yosemite; I myself probably visited Yosemite twice in my life, and I’ve never been there in Fall-Spring, so I’ve never seen any falls, hiked in somewhat hot weather, and was assaulted by insects. Ever since I learned about one of Yosemite’s greatest natural spectacles, the Horsetail Firefall, I’ve always wanted to see it.

Unfortunately, seeing it isn’t easy. There are specific criteria that must be met to witness the Firefall: 1) That the Horsetail fall is actually flowing, which only happens in Winter 2) It must be mid or late February 3) The sky must be clear, and it has to be an evening (sun setting). Even if I don’t get to actually witness it, I will have enjoyed a day at Yosemite anyway. If you plan to see it as well, check out the National Park’s website for more information. Due to COVID-19, reservations are required; you can make a reservation here. Note that there are no open spots for now; more will be available in few days time.

Glacier Point Firefall; it is illuminated by fire embers tossed down.

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE GLACIER POINT FIREFALL, a manmade spectable that ended in 1968.