Below you'll find information about just a few of the numerous viewpoints around Yosemite National Park. Don't limit yourself to these viewpoints; whenever you see a turnout with an interesting view, pull into the turnout and take a look around--you never know what you might discover.
El Portal View, two miles up the Glacier Point/Badger Pass Road from Chinquapin (intersection with the Wawona Road) provides a great view down the Merced River Canyon, below Yosemite Valley, and to the Coast Ranges (if visibility is good).
As it approaches Yosemite Valley, turnouts along the Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 to Yosemite Valley) near the tunnels provide a great view of El Capitan and Half Dome, along with a glimpse of the Merced River far below.
Did You Know?
Natural fires in Yosemite are often no more than a single burning snag (standing dead tree) or a slow moving, low intensity fire that cleans underbrush from the forest floor. These fires prevent unwanted fires by removing accumulating forest debris that can fuel a larger fire in hot, dry conditions.