Know Before You Go
Where:The most convenient, and frequently shot view of Horsetail Fall is at the El Capitan picnic area, approximately 1.7 miles past Yosemite Lodge at the Falls on Northside Drive. In late February, you’ll often see rows of photographers of all levels there catching the last rays of light in the evening.Of course, the most unique images often come from photographers willing to explore for different angles and locations that also capture the light of the Fall. According to a local professional photographer, Nancy Robbins, there are many places that work. Just look for places where the falls will be backlit by the setting sun, such as along the river, or along the rim. Some photographers come as early as 2 p.m. to get the best spots.According to the NPS, the closest parking to view Horsetail Fall is in the Yosemite Falls Parking Area close to the Yosemite Valley Lodge and on Northside Drive beside El Capitan Straight. Vehicles with a disability placard may park at the El Capitan picnic area.