Ribbon Fall

Ribbon Fall, Yosemite National Park: Address, Ribbon Fall Reviews: 3.5/5

Ribbon Fall
3.5
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This world famous waterfall is considered to be the tallest on the planet.
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State90,633 contributions
Seasonal waterfall
Jun 2019 • Solo
I was pleased to see this waterfall on the left, across the Valley, when I was driving into the Valley on Southside Drive. It sort of ‘bookends’ one side of El Capitan and lets me know that great things are ahead. As it’s a seasonal waterfall, I’m glad I visited in the right season.
Written 16 June 2019
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Belgo96
Brisbane, Australia3,606 contributions
Seasonal only
Apr 2018 • Couples
This is a seasonal fall, flowing only really between April and May. It flows in a thin ribbon down the side of the west cliff of El Capitan. You have to know where to look for it because it isn't a huge visual impact fall compared to all the others in the park. Having said that, it is apparently the largest single drop fall in North America when it is flowing. The melting snow feeds it, hence its seasonality.You can view it on the other side of the valley from the Bridalveil Falls viewing area.
Written 15 April 2018
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NeoWasHere
Frederick, MD2,959 contributions
Tallest uninterrupted waterfall in U.S.
Apr 2016 • Friends
We stopped along the road to check out El Capitan. There was a small, insignificant waterfall, at least compared to Bridalveil Falls, just to the west of it that we didn't really pay much attention. It turns out to be the longest single-drop waterfall in North America at 1,612 feet. The peak water volume is mid-April to mid-May running dry usually by July, if not earlier.
Written 1 June 2016
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Lola2104
Raleigh, NC265 contributions
Glad we saw it
Jun 2015 • Couples
It is a tiny thin sliver of a waterfall in early June especially after a light snowfall year. But it was a challenge to find it so glad we saw it.
Written 13 June 2015
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL11,507 contributions
Easy to miss in the awe of everything around it
Mar 2012
While it may have the extremes mentioned by reviewers below, it does not measure up to the other sights surrounding it. The rocks of El Capitan, Half Dome, Cathedral, Glacier Point and the Three Brothers as well as Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls are simply so impressive that they overshadow this attraction. There is a place on the valley floor where you get great views of El Capitan that you can see Ribbon Falls.
Written 5 April 2012
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L1NK
SF Bay Area32 contributions
One of the pretty sights when waterfalls are peaking
When you visit the Valley during peak run-off, Ribbon is worth a good look. It would rank very highly on waterfall height lists, if it wasn't seasonal. But if you are lucky enough to be in the Valley on peak run-off days, look for the countless other, nameless, falls and drips just pouring off the edge of the Valley. Amazing.
Written 3 January 2012
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sunrisesandiego
Goldfield, NV11,543 contributions
Notable for its extreme height
Jun 2010
Many visitors to Yosemite miss seeing this waterfall, usually for one of two reasons. One reason is that is is a highly seasonal fall, flowing mainly in the springtime. It drains a relatively small area, so when the melted snow from that area runs out, Ribbon Fall stops flowing for the year. If you want to see this waterfall, go to Yosemite in the springtime.
The other reason people miss it is that it is somewhat inconspicuous, at least compared to Bridalveil Fall across the valley from it, which is obvious the instant you enter Yosemite Valley. Many visitors pay attention to Bridalveil Fall and fail to look across to the north of the valley to Ribbon Fall. And those that do see Ribbon Fall, many may dismiss it as minor, because it is rather thin and narrow, hence the "Ribbon" name.
What is significant about Ribbon Fall is its height. At 1,612 feet (491 meters) tall, it is the tallest single drop of any waterfall in the United States. That makes it 2.6 times as tall as its neighbor Bridalveil Fall (620 feet). It is even taller than the nearby Upper Yosemite Fall, just a few miles to the east in Yosemite Valley. Upper Yosemite Fall has a height of 1,430 feet (425 m) while the entire Yosemite Falls (Upper Yosemite Fall, middle cascades and Lower Yosemite Fall) has a combined height of 2,540 feet (739 m) making it the tallest waterfall in North America.
But Ribbon Fall, though it does not have as massive of a flow of water as Yosemite Falls (or even Bridalveil Fall for that matter) is notable because it is the tallest single drop in the United States. So, if you're in Yosemite Valley in the spring time (or possibly early summer), make sure to look at the north wall of the valley's west end (west of El Capitan) and get a look at Ribbon Fall.
Written 1 March 2011
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kochx205
Saint Paul, MN20 contributions
Blah
This is not really an attraction to look for. First of all, you probably won't see it because there is hardly any water in it. I went when the water was flowing in all the other waterfalls and had a hard time spotting it. It is not memorable, except that it is not special. Overall, I would say this is one thing to miss in Yosemite National Park.

The only way you will be able to see this is if you go earlier in the year when there is still water in the waterfalls. You need to go earlier in the year or most of the waterfalls are empty.
Written 30 June 2008
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