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Yosemite Fire Waterfall Phenomenom
Feb 21-23, 2020
Yosemite's "Fire Fall" is rare occurrence when Horsetail Fall lights up as if the waterfall is on fire. It is a unique rare gift from Mother Nature that only occurs when certain conditions are met:
1 - Enough snowpack to feed Horsetail Fall.
2 - It has to be warm enough for the snowpack to melt into water.
3 - The sun must be in the exact location to shine on the falls at the exact angle which only occurs once a year for 2 weeks in February.
4 - There cannot be any clouds blocking the sun's rays upon Horsetail Fall.
If all four of these conditions occur simultaneously, you will witness an incredible phenomenon!
In addition to the Fire Falls, we will be guiding you to all the known and lesser known areas throughout the Valley to try and capture the beauty on camera. We will be hosting a Beginners Guide to Photography specifically on the basics of Composition, Slow-speed photography, Night photography, and "water reflections" of scenic icons. This is not just for photographers. Non-photographers who wish to see Yosemite through artistic eyes will enjoy our adventures.
Families are welcomed with special Ranger hosted activities for kids under 15.
There is a reason why Yosemite is one of the most photographed places on earth. What makes it extra special is every turn is a view of another icon. It is almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing Half Dome, El Capitan, or one of a half dozen stunning waterfalls. Not to mention rivers, meadows, and wildlife around you.
Our Adventure is about Focusing on the Beauty in our World
Likely to change daily
Friday Feb 21 - Arrivals
1:00pm - Depart lobby at 1pm SHARP!
The phenomenon occurs around 5:27pm until around 5:39pm.* Due to the large amount of traffic in the valley to see the Fire Fall, we need to arrive early to set up.
Once we arrive at one of the only three locations to view it, we will set up and and secure your spot. I will then watch our spots and you can wonder until the show begins.
As you can see from the photos, the difference of before and after are incredible and watching that transition occur will be something you will never forget.
* Times given are by professional photographer Aaron Meyers. Visit his website at www.aaronmphotography.com. Incredible photographs.
6:30pm - Immediately afterwards, Tour Group attendees are invited to an informal meet & greet at the hotel for light appetizers and feel free to bring your own beverages to share. We will explain the weekend itinerary, and offer a beginner's class on how to improve your photography skills and take advantage of your camera's manual settings to get the most out of your camera while photographing Yosemite over the next few days. Afterwards, Dinner is on your own and not included.
Saturday Feb 22 - Sunrise Adventure
5:45 am lobby departure to Tunnel view to watch the sunrise light up Yosemite Valley in all of its grandeur.
For those with energy left, we learn how to use photograph moving water to look like smooth misty milk at various locations in the valley. Others can head back to take a nap or review their photos.
1:00 pm depart lobby to secure a spot for the Fire Fall at 5:28 pm until 5:40 pm.
6:30pm We will host another class on Share photos from the previous day and learn about slow speed photograpy to capture night skies and turning waterfalls into silk.
Yosemite Fire Waterfall Phenomenom
Feb 21-23, 2020
Three packages to suit your preference.
Lodging and Tour Package: $675 per room. (Group price for up to two staying in your room)
The Yosemite Valley Lodge is located in the heart of the Valley walking distance to the Village. Each room has two double beds and the cost covers ALL guests in your room per their policy.
- Two nights lodging with 2 double beds. Arrive 2/21/20. Depart 2/23/20
- Two day tours and one midnight tour
- Informal evening photo sharing and mini photography seminars
Tour only package: $45 per person
For those who prefer to camp or stay at another property but want to attend the above mentioned tours and evening seminars.
Lodging only: $650 per room (not per person) and includes two nights at the Yosemite Valley Lodge walking distance to the Village. This is in the heart of Yosemite valley. 2 double bed standard room.
Arrive 2/21/20. Depart 2/23/20. All room taxes and fees included.
You may also call or email to reserve your spot
Call: 1-775-234-2001 or email:
Choose your Package:
1 - Lodging and Tour Package: $675 per room
Status: 4 rooms left
2 - Tour only - $45 per person
3 - Lodging only - $650
Status: 4 rooms left
Cancellation Policy - Up to 10 Days in advance for a full refund minus a $25 Cancellation Fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Weather - As mentioned, for this phenomenon to occur, the weather needs to be just right. We will review the weather report to determine the chances of this occurring. IF we feel the weather will not cooperate, this trip will be cancelled per our Cancellation Policy below.
Cancellation Policy - You may cancel for any reason before February 10th, 2020 for a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.
Johnny G Adventures reserves the right to cancel the trip for a full 100% refund to you.
Payments accepted - We accept US Checks, PayPal, Venmo, American Express, Mastercard, and Visa.
Who is the leader - Johnny G
Johnny G is the tour and seminar leader. He has been photographing Yosemite for over a decade and has a list of his favorite spots both known and unknown that he is excited to share. But to manage expectations, he is not a Yosemite expert. Additionally, while he is well versed in photography, his seminar is focused on taking the beginner to intermediate level. Experts will probably learn very little, but they are encouraged to share their perspectives and tips. But everyone can certainly be assured of a fun time and an unforgettable experience.
What are the seminars topics - High level basics of Composition, Getting off Auto mode, Long exposures, Night Sky photos.
Is this only for photographers - Absolutely not! Non-photographers are welcome to tag along and experience Yosemite trough the eyes of photographers. If you have a recent camera phone, you will be surprised how much better your photos will be after learning some basic composition skills.
Where will be watch the Fire Fall from? There are primarily 3 easy access spots which will be explained when you arrive. We will be close enough so as to not need binoculars, but bring for other views.
Does it get crowded? In recent years it has trippled in crowd size. Yes, it can get crowded which is why we will set up in our spot by 2:30pm and just hang out and relax. A folding chair and thermos of your special beverage is highly suggested. More information will be provided prior to the trip.
What camera equipment is best? For the Fire Fall, a lens of 300mm works best on a sturdy tripod. But decent photos can be taken with a camera phone too.
How good of shape do I have to be in? The Fire Fall walk is easy access. The rest of the tours will range from easy flat to strenuous distance up to 2 miles or more. It is best to have a pre-conversation via phone.
Is this going to be a good year? Horse Tail Fall is not a big waterfall so it heavily depends on snow pack at the top. Fortunately, as of 2/2/20, the Sierra is 97% of average snow pack for this time of year, so it looks to be a good year for water. But we still need clear skies and it to be warm enough to melt the snow into runoff. All water factors point to a very good year so it is just weather that we have no idea about. Keep in mind, it is the weather at 5:25pm that dictates most of the success. The phenomenum last maybe 12 minutes. There was one year when it was INCREDIBLE, and then the next night it started, stopped, and then started again due to a rogue cloud passing by. This is why we will be there Friday, Sat, and even Sunday if you drive home after that. The risk is up to you but it is very likely to be incredible!
Are kids allowed? Anyone is welcome to join us. There will not be daycare so you are responsible for your kids. We do ask if you bring your kids that they behave and not ruin the experience for others by crying, whining, or running out of control with cameras and tripods nearby. We reserve the right to prohibit unruly children with no refund. This is common courtesy for the others. Thank you for understanding.
What if I have more questions? Contact us and we will answer as best we can.