YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (KFSN) -- Despite recent stormy weather, Yosemite National Park is filled with tourists. The park is one of the busiest in the country and is one of the gems of the park system.
People come from all over the world to Yosemite National park to take in the majestic sights. The waterfalls are flowing, especially after the recent storms.
Yosemite Falls is mighty. The tallest waterfall in North America showed its power Friday. Park rangers say the recent storm was a welcome sight.
Park Ranger Scott Gediman said, "We got some good snow up in Tuolumne Meadows and up at Glacier Point with expected warm weather it will probably melt, but we got some good rain in Yosemite Valley, not huge amounts but every little bit counts."
Even the deer enjoyed the morning dew with their breakfast. Visitors like Patty Milam came all the way from Florida to see the sights.
"It's breathtaking. We always call it god's country, it's just beautiful," said Milam. "It's very flat where we're from so there's a big difference. (laughs)."
Tourists are enjoying the fresh scenery. So much so, Ranger Scott Gediman says they're seeing an increase in visitation.
Ranger Gediman explained, "We've had about a 20 percent increase really busy February, March and into April we think a lot of that has to do with the warmer weather and the drought, there's a lot more accessibility so we're able to open more roads up earlier and we're getting more people up here."
Another attraction that's opened up early, Half Dome.
Ranger Gediman added, "The hike up to the top of half dome is on a lot of people's bucket lists."
There is a 2 day lottery system people can enter in to receive a permit. Week day permits are easier to come by. Park rangers encourage hikers to wear good shoes and to be in good health before embarking on the iconic hike.
Nearly four million people take in the hikes and sights at Yosemite every year. A national treasure in California's backyard.
Park officials expect waterfalls to flow now until June or July. With this warm weather, they're expecting a busy season ahead.
Waterfalls at Yosemite National Park flow after the recent storm
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