Virtual Guidebook to Yosemite and the Central Sierra Nevada
Chapel Meadow in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park California


Chapel Meadow is on the south bank of the Merced River and affords an excellent view of Yosemite Falls. In spring and early summer the side of the road is lined with cars which have stopped, often abruptly, as the falls comes into view. Boardwalks have been built to reduce the impact of foot traffic on the meadow.

The Yosemite Valley Chapel, built in 1879, was moved half a mile in 1901 to its present location. It is the last building remaining of the Old Village.



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(June 20, 2005)


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Chapel Meadow boardwalk in winter

(January 29, 2006)


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Views of both Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Rock from the path between Yosemite Lodge and Swinging Bridge

(May 18, 2010)


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The boardwalk in Chapel Meadow as a new snowstorm begins. Yosemite Falls, directly across the valley, disappeared entirely, and only the base of the Glacier Point cliffs were visible.

(February 16, 2009)


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The Merced River near the Yosemite Chapel during a snowstorm. With only the foreground visible there was no evidence of the cliffs and waterfalls that usually dominate this view.

(February 16, 2009)


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Yosemite Falls and the Merced River

(May 18, 2010)


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Floating down the Merced River next to Chapel Meadow

(June 4, 2001)


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Yosemite Falls and the Merced River in winter

(January 29, 2006)


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(June 20, 2005)


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The non-denominational Yosemite Chapel

(June 4, 2001)


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Merced River bridge at the site of the old village

(January 29, 2006)


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Pedestrian bridge over the Merced River near the chapel

(June 4, 2001)


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