Important note for 2023: Yosemite National Park is requiring reservations to enter the park on weekends during the Firefall/Horsetail Fall event season, however guests staying at The Redwoods In Yosemite Vacation Home Rentals, are not subject to the reservation system. If you are staying at The Redwoods, to enter the park you will need a photo ID, credit/debit card to pay the park entrance fee, and a copy of your booking confirmation (screen capture is ok too) to show to the park entrance attendants.
What makes for perfect conditions?
- Lots of snowfall and rain, and warm temperatures which means lots of snow melt and water flow! (2023 is definitely checking these boxes so far!)
- Visiting during the two-week window of time, which generally starts around Valentine’s Day, so that the sun is in the right spot in the sky. Check out this great resource for condition predictions from Aaron Meyers Photography.
- Clear skies! Clouds or fog may block the sun from transforming the water into what seems like red-hot lava.
- Check the weather conditions before you travel! There will be designated viewing areas and parking.
Don’t be discouraged if the conditions do not turn out perfect. You are still spending time in one of the world’s best national parks! And there is plenty to do in Yosemite in February beyond visiting Horsetail Fall at sunset.
When preparing, be sure to bring very warm clothes and extra batteries or chargers for your camera equipment. Speaking of equipment, the conditions are low light, so DSLR cameras with tripods take the best (non-blurry) pictures – though just sitting down to enjoy the spectacle is reward enough for the effort. You may also want to consider bringing a chair, and snacks and water. It will be chilly, so dress warm!
We wish you a fire-y experience!
Are you looking for a Yosemite rental cabin near the action?
Enjoy a crackling fireplace in one of our stunning Redwoods In Yosemite cabins located in historic Wawona, at the Southern entrance of Yosemite. Relaxing and private, these fully equipped vacation cabins border the wild and scenic South Fork of The Merced River, the Wawona swinging bridge, and Chilnualna Falls (the second highest vertical drop waterfalls in Yosemite)! Plus, with a Redwoods In Yosemite cabin rental inside the park, no additional reservation is required to enter during 2023. That’s one less thing to worry about as you plan to enjoy the sights and sounds of Yosemite’s natural “Firefall” at Horsetail Fall. Many of our cabins are pet-friendly. Some homes feature spa tubs, and all have private decks with BBQs and upgraded linens for that, “Home Away from Home” experience.
Bringing a group? Our Event Center includes full use of the Fireside Room and adjacent deck, with audio and visual equipment and a catering kitchen.
Relax, explore, and escape in Yosemite!
video credit: Yosemite National Park
text credit: Christina P. Kantzavelos