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The famous firefall at Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park
Photograph: Flickr/Steve CoreyHorsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park

Want to see Yosemite's famous firefall this year? You'll need a reservation.

Written by
Sarah Medina

Every February, something magical happens in Yosemite. Horsetail Fall on the east side of El Capitan glows a fiery orange at sunset making the waterfall look like a glowing lava stream as it cascades down the mountain. The annual event, which lasts for just two weeks, is known to attract over 1,000 sightseers and photographers every year. 

But this year, Yosemite has instituted a new reservation system in the attempt to quell traffic jams and increase security measures. Those hoping to view the natural phenomenon must apply for a free, day parking permit on Eventbrite

Registration opened on February 3, with a limit of one vehicle permit per person each day. At least 50 permits will be issued for each day between February 12 and February 26 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Many of the days are already sold out, but for those unable to secure a coveted parking place, Horsetail Falls is also accessible by foot. The park also offers a free shuttle to the Yosemite Falls parking area—about a one mile walk from the viewing area.

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