Bridalveil Fall California

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Bridalveil Fall

Bridalveil Fall, in Yosemite National Park, is the second highest falls within the park, spills its prominent cascade year-round and is viewed by millions of visitors each year.

  • Bridalveil Fall is the second highest falls within Yosemite National Park
  • The fall is located just south of Yosemite Valley
  • Visit in the spring to see the falls at its height, with snowmelt increasing the flow
  • Take an easy hike to the falls on the paved trail


Bridalveil Fall, CA cascades approximately 620 feet, tumbling over the edge of a precipice with lovely abandon. The falls is one of the most popular attractions in Yosemite National Park, south of the Yosemite Valley, and presents a sight that can take a visitor’s breath away.

Location & Information

Bridalveil Fall California is located off of California Highway 41, south of the intersection of El Portal Road in Yosemite National Park. When coming from Yosemite Valley, you will reach the parking lot for the falls soon after turning onto Highway 41.

Yosemite National Park is open all day 365 days a year, and Bridalveil Fall flows all year. But to see the waterfall at its powerful height, you should visit in the spring, as the snow is melting.

Contact Information:
Yosemite National Park
Public Information Office
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389
209-372-0200 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)


Short hikes around the Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite area are the main activity at this spectacular waterfall. It’s an easy 1.2-mile walk round trip (15 to 30 minutes) with minimal elevation gain and a paved trail. Be prepared to get wet in the spring with the breezes blowing mist all around. The path can get somewhat slippery with water in the spring, and can be icy in the winter.

Fun Facts

The Yosemite Bridalveil Fall was named Pohono by the Ahwahneechee Indian tribe, as that word means “spirit of the puffing wind.” Sometimes the wind is so brisk that the waterfall appears to fall sideways.