3,000 vertical feet of sheer rock granite, El Capitan is a beacon for visitors, a muse for photographers and one of the world’s ultimate challenges for climbers, Best time to see it? Any day of the year. Best view? Inspiration Point by foot. Tunnel View by car. Most knock-your-socks-off, one-of-a-kind El Capitan moment? During the last two weeks of February when conditions align perfectly and the setting sun turns the waters of Ribbon Falls into a dancing fire of light.