Ribbon Falls Wyoming

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Ribbon Falls

Ribbon Falls soars 1,612 feet down the side of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, the largest continuous waterfall drop in all of North America, and definitely worth a visit.

  • Ribbon Falls is the largest continuous waterfall in all of North America
  • Located within Yosemite National Park across the valley from Bridalveil Fall
  • Take some photos of this impressive waterfall from a couple of spots in Yosemite
  • In winter, you may see an ice cone that forms at its base

Overview

Ribbon Falls in Yosemite National Park is one of the tallest plunges of water in the world, and the spectacular view can be taken in from one of the convenient stops in the park.

Location & Information

Ribbon Falls Yosemite can be reached by taking Southside Drive to parking near signpost V14, a half mile east of the Bridalveil Fall turn.

Although Yosemite National Park is open all year round, Ribbon Falls dries up sometime in July. The best times to view the falls are from April to June, but the best of all is in May when the water flows are at their height.

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)

Activities

  • Photography
    Ribbon Falls Yosemite National Park is very worthy of photographing, and this is the main activity when visiting this waterfall. The fact is that many are looking the other way, to the other side of the valley, to see Bridalveil Fall. Thus Ribbon Falls gets sorely neglected. There are two spots where you can get different shots – from the base of Bridalveil Fall after parking at signpost W1 and walking to the end of the walk, from one of the turnouts at signpost V14 on Southside Drive and from the Valley View Lookout at signpost V11.

Fun Facts

Yosemite Ribbon Falls can provide some surprises during the winter, as an awesome ice cone can develop at the base in certain conditions. This cone can reach a depth of nearly 200 feet.

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