• View of Half Dome and Washington Column in Yosemite Valley

    Yosemite

    National Park California

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    The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) is closed due to snow; it usually reopens in late May or June. You can check on current road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). More »

Meadow Photo Series

Meadows in the Sierra Nevada typically go through five hydrologic stages driven by snowmelt. View a photo timeline of Tuolumne Meadows: snowmelt, flooding, inundation, growing season, and drying season.

 
Snow-covered landscape
Stage 1: Snomelt
Photos from Steven Loheide
 
Areas of flooding show in meadow landscape
Stage 2: Flooding
 
Water covers the meadow landscape
Stage 3: Water Flow Inundation
 
Green vegetation covers meadow landscape
Stage 4: Growing Season
 
Vegetation begins to dry out in meadow landscape
Stage 5: Drying Season

Did You Know?

The Bachelor and Three Graces

Giant sequoias are a fire adapted species. Their bark is fire resistant and fire helps open the sequoia cone and scatter the tiny seeds. Fire also clears forest debris from the mineral soil and provides a nutrient rich seed bed as well as clearing competing species.