Fox News is stirring the pot: Yosemite vs Yellowstone

They call it: Smackdown: Yellowstone vs. Yosemite—America’s best national park 

Both Y parks are both great. Let’s see.

Yellowstone:  It’s huge, the geysers are neat, you can set your watch by Old Faithful, see buffalo and grizzlies and elk and its 67 species of mammals is the most in the lower 48 states. It’s been a National Park since 1872 – but only because there was not state then to replicate the Yosemite Grant. It has 206 waterfalls, but most are dinky – the tallest is 300 ft.  The highest peak is 11,000 feet.

Yosemite: It has the huge valley with cliffs 3,000 feet above the beautiful valley. We have docile black bears that know their place. We had Buffalo Soldiers! We have the great grey owl. We have the Sequoia trees. We’ve been around since 1864. We have 29 waterfalls over 100 feet. The  tallest in North America. We have 250 species of birds. We can go over 13,000 feet.

But the tie breaker: WE HAVE HALF DOME.   Neener, neener, neener.

 Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Why don’t you come with me little girl, on a magic carpet ride? You don’t know what we can see. Why don’t you tell your dreams to me? Fantasy will set you free” – Steppenwolf

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

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3 Responses to Fox News is stirring the pot: Yosemite vs Yellowstone

  1. Kristin says:

    Having been to both of the Y parks, this is a no brainer.
    Yosemite wins over and over again!

  2. Dean says:

    I’ve not made it to Yellowstone, looks awesome but does it have that OMG, jaw dropping awesomeness of Yosemite Valley?

    I mean I’ve been to Yosemite 4 times now, and that moment when you turn the corner and see the valley takes my breath away every time…as does Tuolumne, as does Mariposa Grove.

    Grizzlies are beautiful but pretty scary too – is hiking in Yellowstone often restricted because of grizzly activity, it was when we were in Canada?

  3. Maureen L says:

    I don’t see how anyone can call beautiful Lower Yellowstone Falls “dinky.” Peak water going over is 63,500 US gallons per second.
    There are no gauges on Yosemite Creek; the best estimate I could find for average spring flow is 2,400 US gallons per second.

    Yellowstone is 3 times larger than Yosemite.

    The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which is even bigger, is essentially intact since the reintroduction of wolves almost 20 years ago. Can’t say that, unfortunately, for Yosemite.

    Yes, we still have the Great Gray Owl, though we humans have placed the Sierran population in great danger. I’m not sure I want the grizzly bear reintroduced into Yosemite, because there’s not enough habitat left. It was the grizzlies that taught the black bears their manners.

    This competition is one of the stupidest promos for the national parks I’ve seen recently.

    I can love several of them fiercely, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and more. I’m fortunate to live 1/2 day drive from Yosemite; visiting the others take more time and planning.

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