Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park

At 188 m (617 ft) tall, Bridalveil Fall is one of the highlights of Yosemite National Park. This fall flows year-round, and was named for the mist that blows off it on breezy days, which resembles a bridal veil. In the spring, you can see the fall at its most powerful, roaring with snowmelt. The Ahwahneechee tribe believed the fall was home to a vengeful spirit, and according to legend, if you look directly at the waterfall when leaving the valley, you will be cursed. However, the tribe also believed inhaling the mist would increase your chance of marrying. The park features an easy, short hike to get a close-up view of the natural wonder. Bring water as it's not available at the trailhead or parking area. Our Yosemite National Park trip builder website makes visiting Bridalveil Fall and other Yosemite National Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • For viewing this fall, approximately at a height of 1000', tourists don't have to climb. It can be easily viewed even from the parking lot. During my visit in November there was not enough water. It i...  more »
  • We came to Yosemite National Park at the end of October and knew it wouldn't be the best time for park waterfalls. But the fall color and fewer crowds made it the perfect time. We weren't sure whether...  more »
  • In October, it was very fresh to ca 9 h, for that little was going on. About 30 minutes later, it was always full.
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  • Wow such a beautiful sight to see! You can also see the rainbow across the falls. Its just too beautiful. One of the best things in Yosemite. There is a parking space nearby where you can park the car and walk over to this falls!
  • You can’t really call this a hike. You just walk a short distance on a well traveled path to see a tiny waterfall. Super crowded. Only took a few minutes to walk up there, so I was glad we did- Got a decent picture out of it.
  • Even though we lived close to Yosemite National Park, we only went there once or twice a year. Most of the time out-of-town visitors would asked us to take them there. Until I ended up in a wheelchair my favorite thing to do was hiking to see the wildlife. Now, sightseeing with short jaunts to see falls are the extent. If our guests were up to a short hike, we took them to the bottom of Bridalveil Fall. Taking them to the bridge at the bottom allowed them to feel the veil on good days. Going to the top takes too long when your guests only have one day to visit the park.
  • A small hike will take you to this place. Good number of parking spots available. Even if they are full, roadside parking is not a bad idea. Public restrooms aren’t clean. The hike and waterfall is awesome. Best time to visit is spring.
  • Beautiful and simple to get there. Nice place to start when visiting card Yosemite Valley.
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