Hello, Yosemite!

May 5, 2017
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Yosemite National Park is in California. Find out about this special place.

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Yosemite became a national park more than 100 years ago. It is one of America’s most popular parks. More than 4 million people visit it each year.

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Yosemite is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The park is 1,200 square miles. It is about the same size as the state of Rhode Island.

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About 400 kinds of animals live in Yosemite. Among them are mammals, reptiles, insects, birds, and fish. The park is the only place you can find the arachnid shown in the wild.

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The giant sequoia trees in Yosemite can grow to be 300 feet tall. They are more than 1,000 years old.

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El Capitan is a big rock formation in the park. It is made of granite. Many people climb it. They use special gear to stay safe.

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Yosemite has many waterfalls. The best known of these is Yosemite Falls. It is 2,500 feet tall and has three sections. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world.