The Yosemite National Park Quarter is the third coin of 2010 in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The reverse image depicts the iconic El Capitan, which rises more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor and is the largest monolith of granite in the world. Inscriptions are YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA, 2010 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Yosemite National Park.
Every year, 4 million people enter Yosemite National Park. There’s little doubt almost all leave somehow changed.
One of the most magnificent parks in the country, Yosemite typifies the bold and rugged sense of adventure that drew settlers west to California. From scaling the 3,569-foot vertical rock face of El Capitan to marveling at the granite grandeur of Half Dome that looms over 4,800 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor, the park is nearly 1,200 square miles of natural beauty.
Free from roads and cars, 95% of Yosemite is designated wilderness. This vast backwoods offers the spectacular and diverse scenery of waterfalls and ancient giant sequoias and the natural quiet of forests and meadows, all shared with a diverse collection of wildlife.
Giant sequoias in Yosemite have adapted to protect themselves from fire. Their bark is fire-resistant and fire helps open the sequoia cone and scatter the tiny seeds.
The beautiful Yosemite Falls is fed mostly by melting snow. Peak flow usually happens in late May. By August, it is often dry. It begins flowing again a few months later, after winter snows arrive.
In March 1987, the largest recorded historical rock fall in Yosemite National Park deposited an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris at the base of the Three Brothers rock formation. The rock fall closed one of the main roadways for several months.
The historic Tioga Road stretches 46 miles through the park. It is the highest trans-Sierra route in California, crossing Tioga Pass at 9,945 feet in elevation. It began as a Native American footpath, then later a wagon and mining road.
One of the best scenes in the park is found at Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the High Sierra.