Environment & Science

Want to see Yosemite's fiery waterfall? You'll need a reservation

Park rangers meet in front of Yosemite Falls on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California.
Park rangers meet in front of Yosemite Falls on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California.
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Adventurers hoping to see Yosemite National Park's annual "firefall" will no longer be able to just show up.

For two short weeks every February, Horsetail Falls on the east side of El Capitan glows a fiery orange at sunset. The natural wonder attracts more than 1,000 people annually — causing traffic jams and pedestrian safety problems.

Hoping to solve those problems, Yosemite officials have instituted a new reservation system this year, reports the San Francisco Chronicle

Those hoping to see Horsetail Falls must now apply for a free, day parking permit. It grants them access to parking on Northside Drive between the Yosemite Valley Lodge and El Capitan Crossover.

Registration opened Saturday, with a limit of one vehicle permit per person each day. At least 50 permits will be issued for each day between Feb. 12 and Feb. 26.