Valley View

View of El Capitan on the left, the river in the foreground, and Bridalveil Fall on the right
Valley View showing El Capitan, the Merced River, and Bridalveil Fall.

Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Restroom, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Wheelchair Accessible

Catch a glimpse of past glaciers' exposed handiwork from Valley View, a view that highlights El Capitan, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Fall.

Valley View is a remarkable spot to soak in some of Yosemite Valley's unbelievably scenic charm.

Although glaciers ended their work carving out Yosemite Valley over 14,000 years ago, the Merced River continues to shape this valley, making Yosemite a very dynamic place. In January 1997, floodwaters spilled over into the parking lot here, up to a depth of 6 feet!



Getting Here

Located on Northside Drive, near the west end of Yosemite Valley.

Rules & Regulations

Sleeping in your car or RV overnight in a parking lot or along the side of the road is not allowed.

Hazards & Warnings

  • Stay back from the river banks and avoid "rock hopping" around swift water, especially in the spring.
  • Supervise children closely when around ALL water.
  • Melted snow water is cold! Hypothermia can be a serious result of continuous cold water contact.


There are designated accessible parking spaces available.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: April 5, 2024