Yosemite Valleyview website
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
El Capitan Description
El Capitan, a slab of granite 3,000-foot high, is probably the most famous rock-climbing site in the world. Undoubtedly, this is no amateur activity, but the kids can watch the fearless climbers from a safe vantage point on the valley floor. Grab a pair of binoculars so they'll be able to see just how much hard work it is to scale a wall of this size and height, and try to spot climbers tucked into the sides of the rock taking a rest, or even sleeping in their bags.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Be aware of car traffic in and around the meadows.
School-Age Kids: They'll be fascinated by the climbers, but probably won't believe you when you tell them how dangerous it is!
- Watch from the El Capitan meadow. It's the best vantage point, right at the rock's base along Northside Drive.
- Grab a seat. If you want to hang out for awhile, you'll be in good company. Lots of visitors set up lawn chairs or picnic blankets to watch the climbers.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open year-round, daily
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour