Here are some facts about the water in El Yunque
- Rainfall comes in showers multiple times a day, with records showing from 0 (extremely rare) up to 9 inches of water in a single day. On average, that's about 100 Olympic-sized pools per day!
- El Yunque is not only the rainiest place on the Island, but it is also the rainiest forest of all the National Forests, with an average of 120 inches of water up to 240 inches of water a year. That is over 100 billion gallons of rainwater! That billions of gallons, combined with water from the eight major rivers that originate in the forest, make up 20% of the drinkable water in Puerto Rico.
- The primary public uses of the water drained from the forest are municipal and domestic water sources. There are also recreational opportunities for the visitors and surrounding communities, such as natural pools to swim in and scenic waterfalls for that perfect instagrammable shot.
- There is a dwarf forest within El Yunque since the constant cloud cover and rainfall make it difficult for plants and trees to take root because the soil is so wet, so the plants grow miniaturized versions of themselves at the highest points of the mountains.
Reserve your spot!
To guarantee visitors and the Forest Service employees' safety and health, you must wear a facemask at all times and reserve your visit in advance through www.recreation.gov/.
Only one reservation per vehicle is required, and it can be booked up to a month before your visit. Tickets for your car are free, but the booking engine charges a small fee payable by credit or debit card.
A percentage of reservations may be released 24 hours before opening to accommodate those spontaneous outdoor enthusiasts.
Note: Your entry ticket can be used to enter from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Recreation areas close at 5:30 p.m.