On October 1, 1890 Yosemite National Park was established and on June 11, 1906 Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were added. Today the park encompasses 747,956 acres, about the size of Rhode Island. Although the valley may at times seem like a city in RI, there are over 700,000 acres of designated Wilderness to explore.
Yosemite Valley: The Imcomparable
Inspiration Point the iconic view of Yosemite Valley. On June 30, 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Yosemite Park Grant Act that protected via the State of California the Yosemite Valley Proper and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove for "...public use, resort, and recreation; to be inalienable for all time..."