49 Stunning Yosemite Valley Photos

Yosemite is one of the most visited National Parks in the United States, and a look from the often photographed Tunnel View will tell you why. The expansive Valley features beautiful granite walls, forests and waterfalls, and a variety of hikes that lead to stunning views. Whether you snag a permit to climb Half Dome or spend your time relaxing in El Capitan Meadow looking up at the climbers on the massive granite wall, Yosemite will draw you back with your camera time and time again with it’s incredible beauty.

Yosemite Pictures

Depending on what time of year you go and what you decide to photograph, taking pictures in Yosemite can mean sharing the road and areas with a lot of other tourists and photographers. That being said, there are plenty of locations that may require a bit more work to get to around the Valley that will yield incredible views and great photos.

Robbie Shade – El Capitan, Yosemite
Robbie Shade - El Capitan, Yosemite

Jeff P – Yosemite Highlining
Jeff P - Yosemite Highlining

Ajay Goel – Yosemite splendour
Ajay Goel - Yosemite splendour

Roshan Vyas – Yosemite Falls
Roshan Vyas - Yosemite Falls

Sonny Abesamis – Yosemite Tunnel View
Sonny Abesamis - Yosemite Tunnel View

CheWei Chang – Yosemite
CheWei Chang - Yosemite

edward stojakovic – Yosemite
edward stojakovic - Yosemite

Winter

When snow falls in the Valley, it creates a very different, and interesting scene, without all of the summer crowds.

LotsaSmiles Photography – Yosemite
LotsaSmiles Photography - Yosemite

Anita Ritenour – Yosemite Valley Chapel
Anita Ritenour - Yosemite Valley Chapel

LotsaSmiles Photography – Yosemite National Park
LotsaSmiles Photography - Yosemite National Park

Anita Ritenour – Moonrise Over the Merced
Anita Ritenour - Moonrise Over the Merced

Rennett Stowe – Little Yosemite Fall
Rennett Stowe - Little Yosemite Fall

chris.murphy – Yosemite in Winter
chris.murphy - Yosemite in Winter

Barney Moss – Bridal Falls & Tunnel View
Barney Moss - Bridal Falls & Tunnel View

LotsaSmiles Photography – yosemite
LotsaSmiles Photography - yosemite

Connie Kendall – Yosemite
Connie Kendall - Yosemite

Don Graham – Frosty Morning, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite
Don Graham - Frosty Morning, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite

Climbing

With it’s beautiful granite and incredible views, Yosemite is a popular destination for climbers, and those that photograph them.

Sekgei – Tommy Caldwell free climbing El Capitan's Dawn Wall
Sekgei - Tommy Caldwell free climbing El Capitan's Dawn Wall

tony puyol – El Capitan crack
tony puyol - El Capitan crack

Sam Beebe – YC on El Capitan by Tom Frost
Sam Beebe - YC on El Capitan by Tom Frost

Sebastian Werner – The hikable part
Sebastian Werner - The hikable part

Pacific Southwest Region USFWS – View from the top
Pacific Southwest Region USFWS - View from the top

tony puyol – yummy cracks…
tony puyol - yummy cracks...

tony puyol – El Cap aspirations
tony puyol - El Cap aspirations

Ryan Grimm – Working hard to stay on an unnamed 5.9 friction climb
Ryan Grimm - Working hard to stay on an unnamed 5.9 friction climb

Waterfalls

The Valley features a lot of incredible waterfalls that can keep a photographer occupied for weeks. Some, like Horsetail Fall, are seasonal, but no matter what time of the year you plan on visiting Yosemite you’ll find plenty of falling water and expansive views to shoot.

Phan Ly – Yosemite Waterfall
Phan Ly - Yosemite Waterfall

Steve Corey – Tenaya Creek
Steve Corey - Tenaya Creek

Roshan Vyas – Lower Yosemite Falls
Roshan Vyas - Lower Yosemite Falls

Theo Crazzolara – Yosemite National Park
Theo Crazzolara - Yosemite National Park

Nick Mealey – Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park
Nick Mealey - Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park

Cary Bass-Deschenes – Upper Yosemite Falls from Trail
Cary Bass-Deschenes - Upper Yosemite Falls from Trail

Roshan Vyas – Yosemite Vernal Falls and Mist Trail
Roshan Vyas - Yosemite Vernal Falls and Mist Trail

Екатериниа Владинакова – Waterfall at Yosemite National Park
Екатериниа Владинакова - Waterfall at Yosemite National Park

n4rwhals – Lower Yosemite Falls
n4rwhals - Lower Yosemite Falls

Dhinal Chheda – Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park
Dhinal Chheda - Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park

ekaterina vladinova – Waterfall at Yosemite
ekaterina vladinova - Waterfall at Yosemite

Yosemite National Park

Here are a few great photos of Yosemite from our Flickr group.

raymondtan85 – Yosemite Falls
raymondtan85 - Yosemite Falls

Henryk – Yosemite Valley
Henryk - Yosemite Valley

Henryk – Yosemite
Henryk - Yosemite

Vijay_Sridhar – The Colorful Guard of Honor!
Vijay_Sridhar - The Colorful Guard of Honor!

ben.sam – I am Danish and I am daring Glacier point, Yosemite, CA
ben.sam - I am Danish and I am daring  Glacier point, Yosemite, CA

Ahmer Inam – Yosemite Valley Double Rainbow
Ahmer Inam - Yosemite Valley Double Rainbow

Hammerin Man – Yosemite Fall
Hammerin Man - Yosemite Fall

Ahmer Inam – Taft Point @ Yosemite
Ahmer Inam - Taft Point @ Yosemite

Ken Shelton – In Flight Over The Yosemite Valley
Ken Shelton - In Flight Over The Yosemite Valley

d b – I need a rest.
d b - I need a rest.

troy_williams – in the shadows of giants
troy_williams - in the shadows of giants

d b – on edge
d b - on edge

Vince Russell – In The Footsteps of Ansel Adam
Vince Russell - In The Footsteps of Ansel Adam