The Firefall: Yosemite Waterfall Glows Brilliant Orange and Red in Late February [PHOTOS]

Around the second week of February, the spectacular phenomenon of Firefall happens at the edge of a cliff in Yosemite National Park. It occurs when the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at the perfect angle, making the top of the waterfall glow bright orange and red.

Thousands of people flock to Yosemite to witness the marvel, but only under the right conditions do the falls light up. First, Horsetail Falls must be flowing, which means there must be enough snow to begin with. Second, the temperatures must be warm enough to melt the snow. Third, the sky must be clear at sunset, allowing the sunbeams to hit the cliff.

Those who have witnessed Firefall in person describe an almost supernatural phenomenon. While we can’t transport you there, check out these photos of the spectacular sight.
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