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Nearly 95 per cent of this 747,956-acre recreation area comprises pristine wilderness – land completely undeveloped and unspoiled by humans. In 1864, president Abraham Lincoln signed a grant to create the country’s first official national park and ensure its myriad waterfalls, granite domes and U-shaped canyons would be protected. Much of the rugged topography at Yosemite National Park results from the slow, steady movement of glaciers over the course of several millennia. Awe-inspiring vantage points allow visitors to take in stunning panoramas of the valley.