Horsetail Fall is one of the most unpretentious of the Yosemite waterfalls. Its name aptly describes Horsetail’s wispy descent from the rim of El Capitan. Its modest size, its short season (it flows only from December through April) and its elevation high above the valley floor render Horsetail Fall virtually invisible to most eyes.
But even this inconspicuous waterfall has its moment of glory. In late February, if conditions are right, the last rays of sunlight set Horsetail Fall ablaze against the deeply shadowed cliffs, transforming it, visually, from water to fire. Photographers go to great lengths to capture this phenomenon, and those who witnessed the manmade firefalls on Glacier Point (discontinued in 1968) find their own memories rekindled.
Due to the uncertainty of viewing Horsetail Fall, we do not offer a public tour for this event. However, if you still want to try to view the phenomenon, you can schedule a private tour.
A full day private tour is required to be able to enter Yosemite, account for any traffic delays and allow time for the walk to and from the viewing area. You must be able to walk a little over 3 miles round trip for this tour.
These private tours will be offered from February 16-29, 2024
Full Day Private Tour
Up to 4 people – $1175, each additional person $175
Full Day, 9 hours (picnic lunch included)
The viewing of the “fire fall” phenomenon is weather dependent and not guaranteed.
Please contact our office by phone or email to schedule a private tour to Horsetail Fall.
No refunds will be issued if you cancel within 48 hours of your tour date. Cancellations prior to 48 hours of your tour date are $5 per person. Tours will run rain or shine unless driving conditions are unsafe. If we cancel a tour due to hazardous driving conditions you will receive a full refund.