Yosemite's Firefall, 'The Orange Marvel', Dazzles And Delights Visitors. Here's What A Firefall Is

Written By Chetna Kapoor | Mumbai | Published:

Ready to witness Game of Thrones finale — Ice meets fire — in real? Because it is 'Firefall season' at the Yosemite National park in California, a beautiful park which is home not only to groves of the world's tallest tree - the Giant Sequoia - but also to nearly 20 beautiful waterfalls, one of which - Horsetail Fall - that turns into a ‘firefall’ at end of February. Witness a fiery orange-red hue waterfall this season.

Must be wondering what a "firefall" is? Well, it is a phenomenon that occurs when the setting Sun hits a waterfall in a particular angle that the water flowing looks like a fire or lava. This stunning waterfall is Horsetail Fall on the eastern edge of Yosemite's famous El Capitan domed mountain. The “firefall” phenomenon generally lasts seven to 10 days in late February — but one can never be sure to watch it as the show lasts maximum 10 minutes. Additonally, the weather conditions also need to be perfect— a clear sky, adequate snowfall that can result in enough water and the sun setting at a certain angle. These factors need to sync up to create this phenomenon. When California has a drought situation, Horsetail doesn't glow, or there's even the slightest of the haze in the sky, the spectacle diminishes.

How to travel? Well, that journey could be quite difficult as you will have to go through piles of snow and icy roads, making your drive little tedious. According to the reports, visitors should be mentally prepared to walk at least a mile from their parking location to the viewpoint and don't forget to get your warm clothes, boots, and a headlamp or flashlight, along with you. And if you manage to catch a glimpse of this sight, its sure is worth it!

A stunning, illuminated stream flowing through the icy-rock formations, is a treat for the eyes. 

For those unaware, amusingly, before this real marvel was found, Yosemite National Park used to make these 'firefalls' by dropping heaps of coal. Amid the late 1800s and mid-1900s, this turned into a fantastically prevalent vacationer site, until the recreation center acknowledged it was a flame peril and halted. In 1973, picture taker Galen Rowell snapped a picture of the Horsetail Falls wonderfully lit up, with no human endeavors. And now, people rush to the national park to see this magnificence, which in reality is a hit-and-miss kind of thing.