Yosemite National Park

Seeing The Parks By Webcam During The Shutdown

Among the many casualties of the government shutdown are some of the popular webcam views of locations around the National Park System, since NPS and some other government web services have been disabled for the duration of the dispute. If you enjoy the ability to check in on favorite park locations via those cameras, all is not lost, however, and we'll provide some tips about park webcam views provided by non-government sources.

Tenth Annual Yosemite Facelift Shows Power Of Volunteerism At Yosemite National Park

Late September marked the tenth year that the Yosemite Climbing Association has spearheaded a major volunteer effort at Yosemite National Park known as Yosemite Facelift. The 2013 version of the event ran from September 24-29, and over 1,200 volunteers once again made a huge positive impact on the park and its resources

Google Maps "Street View" Coming To The National Parks

Google Maps has become a useful electronic option to paper maps for many people, and one feature of that site—"Street View"—allows users to see a ground-level, 360 degree photographic view of many locations around the world. Now that service is adding parts of some national parks, including the Grand Canyon and even one rather surprising location that lies beneath the ground.

Update: Rep. McClintock Pushing For Timber Salvage Sales In Yosemite National Park, Surrounding Area

A California congressman is pushing legislation that would turn aside federal environmental laws to allow for the salvage of timber burned by the Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park and the adjacent Stanislaus National Forest.

"Find A National Park Service Map" Offers A Wealth Of Information For Map Fans

Over the years the National Park Service has developed quite an array of maps for use in park publications and exhibits, and you can access them on a link tucked away on the NPS website. If you're planning a park visit or just enjoy looking at maps, you'll find plenty of material at a link called "Find A National Park Service Map."

Photography Workshops, Hiking Sojourns Coming To Yosemite National Park

Fall is a great time to experience the national parks. The weather is cooling, the crowds are shrinking, and the wildlife is moving. You can take advantage of this season at Yosemite National Park by signing up for one of the custom trips being offered by YExplore.

Traversing The Range Of Light: 24 Days On The John Muir Trail

High among the pinnacles of Mt. Whitney’s sheer western face, we hiked upward with measured breath and watched from our shifting, precarious vantage as the sun’s first light peeled back the long gown of night, revealing the contours of so many miles we’d recently walked, cragged mountain faces and clear sky aglow in lakes like mirrors, far below.

Elite National Park Service Helicopter Unit Marks Forty Years Of Service

News of a dramatic rescue via helicopter in a national park often involves locations like Yosemite or Grand Teton National Parks, but there's also an elite National Park Service helicopter rescue team based in the East. This year marks 40 years of service by the United States Park Police (USPP) Aviation Unit, and the group has been involved in some unusual and high-profile incidents

Wawona Tunnel Repairs At Yosemite National Park Will Cause Traffic Delays

Work to clean and repair interior sections of the Wawona Tunnel at Yosemite National Park will lead to occasional traffic delays beginning Sunday and extending into December.

National Park Service Director Jarvis: Been Tough To Gain Funds For Work Preventing Wildfires

Federal land managers have been fighting an uphill battle to gain additional funds to reduce the threat of wildfires in the West, according to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.

Video Offers A "Tanker's-Eye View" Of Yosemite National Park And The Rim Fire

Retardant drops from air tankers have become a standard weapon in the fight against large wildfires, such as the Rim Fire affecting a corner of Yosemite National Park. There's occasional debate about the pros and cons of that technique, but there's no doubting the skill and courage of the crews of those aircraft. Here's a video with a pilot's-eye view of Yosemite during operations over the Rim Fire.

Yosemite's Rim Fire, Yellowstone's Summer Of '88, And Climate Change

As the Rim Fire continues to advance across the northern reaches of Yosemite National Park, challenging firefighters and alarming onlookers, it's hard not to recall perhaps the worst fire season ever to strike a national park, that of the dry, hot, and smoky summer of 1988 in Yellowstone National Park.

Rim Fire Spreading In Northern Yosemite National Park, Some Roads Closing

Though much of Yosemite National Park is unaffected by the nearly 180,000-acre Rim Fire, the blaze is spreading across northern portions of the park and forcing the closure of some park roads.

Rim Fire Expanding Run Into Yosemite National Park

The "Rim Fire" continued its spread in Yosemite National Park on Saturday, though the fire was far to the north of the iconic Yosemite Valley. While some park roads were affected by the blaze, most were open, park officials said.

Around The Parks: Fishers In North Cascades And Mount Rainier, Yosemite Youth Programs, Glacier Conservancy Gets CEO

Fisher recovery programs at North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks, youth programs at Yosemite National Park, and the Glacier National Park Conservancy are among the news items from around the National Park System this week.

PEER: National Park Service At Fault As Visitors Leave A Lot Of Roadkill In Their Wake

A review of wildlife lost to vehicle collisions in three iconic national parks shows the National Park Service is struggling, and sometimes failing, to reverse the trend, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Additional American Sign Language Services Available At Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has added several new American Sign Language services that are available both in the park, and at your home.

Exploring National Parks Through The Lens Of Steven Bumgardner

Intricate details of Yosemite National Park -- the seasonal run of frazil ice, moonbows, and "neon red asparagus" -- all have fallen before the lens of Steven Bumgardner. How did he get his start capturing the essence of Yosemite, and what's next on his schedule? Traveler did a quick Q&A with Steven to learn the answers to those and other questions.

Newspaper Takes California Congressman To Task Over Yosemite Criticism

A congressman who has harshly criticized Yosemite National Park staff for their work on a management plan for the iconic Yosemite Valley has in turn drawn criticism from one of California's largest newspapers.

Plane Missing Since December Found In Yosemite National Park Backcountry

A single-engine plane and its pilot missing over Yosemite National Park since last December have been found.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Neon Red Psychedelic Asparagus

One of the most unusual plants in the far West is the snow plant, a brilliant red stalk of vegetation that some refer to as a "neon red psychedelic asparagus."

U.S. House Subcommittee To Take Testimony On Yosemite National Park's Merced River Plan Impacts

California politicians, who jumped quickly to prevent horse pack trips at Sequoia National Park from being derailed last year, are moving to take a close look at Yosemite National Park plans that could lead to some concessions closings in the Yosemite Valley.

A View From The Overlook: Mountain Bikes

First of all, and most paramount, we must say that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with mountain bikes.

Reader Participation Day: Which Historic Person Would You Take Hiking In The National Parks?

Which historic person would you take on a hike in a national park?

Yosemite National Park Features New Exhibit On Native American Culture

A 36-inch-wide basket that took three years to hand weave, restored film footage of American Indian history in the 1920s, and an oral history of native cultural demonstrators are among the items showcased in Sharing Traditions, a new exhibit in Yosemite National Park.

Dislodged Rock Kills Climber On El Capitan In Yosemite National Park

In a freak accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, a lead climber accidentally dislodged a rock that fell about 150 feet and struck and killed his partner.

Swimmer Swept Over 594-Foot Nevada Fall At Yosemite National Park

A recovery operation was ongoing Monday at Yosemite National Park for a California man swept over 594-foot-high Nevada Fall.

Oil And Water Don't Mix: How The Energy Industry Is Using Yosemite's Merced River And Point Reyes' Drakes Bay To Facilitate Public Land Exploitation

In the following commentary, Barbara Moristch raises questions into the forces behind efforts to see an oyster farm remain in business and to further open the Yosemite Valley to recreation.

Tent Flap With A View: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

Where are some of the best backcountry campsites in the world (as well as the national parks)? Michael Lanza, Northwest editor of Backpacker Magazine, shares his thoughts on 25 of the best places to pitch your tent.

Inspector General Finds Yosemite National Park Staff Responded Appropriately To 2012 Hantavirus Outbreak

An investigation into the deadly hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite National Park last year has concluded that the park's staff acted appropriately in responding and managing the matter.
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