Horsetail Fall is typically not that unique in Yosemite, where waterfalls are vast and beautiful. It is a somewhat low-flow waterfall that flows about 1,000 feet down off the eastern edge of El Capitan to the ground.
But when the water flows are strong and the lighting is right, this waterfall lights up and appears to be on fire. This phenomenon typically appears for about two weeks in the month of February and can cause quite the tourist attraction for people looking for a rare view.
To see Horsetail Fall, park at the El Capitan picnic area or in turnouts just east of the picnic area. You can see the waterfall from the road.
Here are our favorite videos/photos of the phenomenon at Yosemite’s Horsetail Falls:
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine