The Ghosts of Yosemite National Park


On October 1, 1890, Congress established Yosemite National Park. Exactly 127 years later, the park remains a major attraction, drawing more than 3.7 million visitors each year. Legend has it a few ghosts enjoy the site as well.

Ghost Wind

Yosemite is home to a number of breathtaking waterfalls, but the Miwok Indians believe a dark force stalks the men and women who come to marvel at the water’s beauty. Legend has it an evil wind known as Po-ho-no flows over the falls and lures unwary visitors to the edge. Once a person gets too close, the wind rushes over and sends the visitor hurtling over the falls.

Haunted Ahwahnee Hotel

Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel is reportedly haunted by former operator Mary Curry Tresidder. According to a release, guests and staff have seen Mary floating up and down the halls, checking on guests and ensuring everything is in order. Maids have also seen a rocking chair moving in a fourth floor suite. However, there’s just one problem: that suite doesn’t have a rocking chair.

The Crying Boy

In 1857, park ranger Galen Clark heard a “distinct wailing cry” near Yosemite’s Grouse Lake. Clark thought it was a dog Indians had lost, but the natives told him a ghost was to blame. According to the Indians, a boy had drowned in the lake several years earlier and now called out to passerby in hopes of enticing them into the lake. It seems the spirit hoped to drown would-be rescuers by pulling them under the surface. Legend or not, the story persists with some hikers claiming to hear the child’s ghostly cry.

Have you encountered a ghost in Yosemite National Park? Share your story here!

13 thoughts on “The Ghosts of Yosemite National Park

    • Yep, the ghost wind will have to wait a bit longer to toss someone over the falls. Actually, I learned that 3 people have gone over falls in recent years, but currents, slippery rocks, and ignoring signs probably had more to do with it than ghost wind. 🙂

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  2. i worked in yosemite for 13 years an there are native american spirits at the base of nevada falls ive seen them many times as i came down the vernal nevada falls trail after dark making my way back to the valley floor .

  3. On several occasins while working the graveyard shift at the front office of the Yosemite Detention Facility (LEO) in 1980, I heard footsteps walking the main floor then cell doors slamming when the building was empty except for me. Each time I would enter and search the jail area but was never able to find anytthing out of place..

  4. Hi Bill,

    My name is Nicole and I am a researcher for a television series called National Parks Mysteries and Legends. I would love to chat with you both about your experiences in Yosemite. You can reach me at I really hope you reach out – I look forward to chatting with you!

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