Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Waterfalls of Yosemite Valley
During the spring, torrents of water from melted snow thunder over Yosemite's precipices. By August, the "ephemeral" falls disappear; others, like the Cascades before you, dwindle to a mere trickle.
Spectacular, but Dangerous
Ahwahneechee legend warns of the danger of approaching too near a waterfall. The story of Po-ho-no (Bridalveil Fall) tells how an Indian woman fell into the creek and was swept over the waterfall, never to be seen again. Since then, Po-ho-no has been dreaded as the home of a powerful spirit.
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
Location. 37° 43.441′ N, 119° 42.719′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on El Portal Road 1.7 miles west of Big Oak Flat Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Journey to Yosemite (here, next to this marker); President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site (approx. 2.9 miles away); A Storied Landscape Disappearing Waterfalls (approx. 3.3 miles away); Glaciers at the Gate (approx. 3½ miles away); El Capitan (approx. 3½ miles away); A Varied View (approx. 3½ miles away); A View Through Time (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 26, 2015, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. 2. submitted on March 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 3. submitted on March 9, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Photo of the cascades mentioned in marker text. • Can you help?