Yosemite National Park

"Muir's Ride" Intended To Boost Support For Draining, Restoring Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley

A two-wheeled initiative is being added to the annual "Muir's March" that aims to generate support for draining and restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park.

National Parks Being Lobbied To Do Away With Bottled Water, Install Filling Stations

It's been more than a year since bottled water and corporate America collided at Grand Canyon National Park, and the push continues to get more national parks to phase out packaged water in favor of fresh tap water and refillable bottles.
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Merced Wild And Scenic River Management Plan III: Will The Latest NPS Plan Protect The River (Or Hold Up In Court)?

With their latest management plan for the Merced River now out for public review, Yosemite National Park officials now face the task of defending it. Will it protect the river, and can it withstand a court challenge?

Plans To Restore Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias In Yosemite National Park Open For Comments

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias has been attracting visitors to what is now Yosemite National Park for 150 years. Much has changed since Abraham Lincoln signed a bill setting aside the Grove as a protected site, and the National Park Service is accepting public comments on plans to restore the area.

Spring Field Courses Bring Yosemite And Hetch Hetchy Valleys Into Focus At Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a big, and possibly daunting, park. And yet, it harbors many enticing settings and experiences. And if you've only got a day or two to spend in the park, you might consider seeking some help in finding those settings and experiences.

Windows On Nature: The Ten Best National Park Webcam Sites In America

Webcams provide us with windows on the world. They allow armchair travelers to follow activity outside a Dublin pub, monitor traffic on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, and check on what’s happening at the International Space Station. Webcams also provide windows on nature, some of the best of which comes by way of cameras stationed in our national parks.

Visitor Access To Yellowstone, Cape Cod, Grand Canyon, Other National Parks Could Be Limited By Looming Sequestration

Failure by Congress to avert a sweeping budget cut across all government agencies stands to will cut your views of the Grand Canyon, limit your access to Cape Cod National Seashore's beaches, and delay the opening of Yellowstone National Park this spring.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing Moonbows In Yosemite National Park

During the full moons in April, May and June, nighttime visitors to Yosemite National Park, photographers in particular, get an extra special treat when the moonlight refracts and reflects off of the spray of water in Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls - it is called a moonbow, or spray bow, as John Muir liked to call it.

A View From The Overlook: How Hard Can It Be?

Columnist PJ Ryan wonders how hard can it be to come up with a management plan for the Yosemite Valley that honors the valley and all its natural beauty and wonders.

Yosemite National Park's Largest Glacier Goes Stagnant

The Lyell Glacier, the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, has stagnated, or ceased its downhill movement, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from the National Park Service and the University of Colorado.

Reader Participation Day: Will Expanded Wi-Fi Enhance The National Park Experience?

Will expanded wireless service for cellphones and the Internet enhance your national park experience, or will it clutter it with a technological Disneyification of the parks, one that will detract from, not add to, the national park experience?

Yosemite National Park Officials Decide To Repave Tioga Road End-To-End

One of the most spectacular rides in the High Sierra is along the Tioga Road that runs across the high country of Yosemite National Park, from Oak Flat to the Lee Vining just beyond the park's east entrance. That ride will become a little safer, and a little smoother, at the end of a multi-year repaving project.

One Day In Yosemite National Park

Thirty filmmakers gathered in Yosemite National Park on June 26, 2012, and spread out across the magnificent landscape to capture its essence. This collaborative effort resulted in the following video built on one day in Yosemite.

Yosemite National Park's Merced River Plan Tries To Balance Recreation And Preservation

As Yosemite National Park officials work to draw up a defensible plan for managing visitors in the Yosemite Valley, they are striving to delicately balance preservation of resources against recreation.

What To Look For When Shopping For Bear Spray For Your Next National Park Adventure

Summer backpack trips and hikes are months away, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be making up gear lists in January or February. And if you're heading to a national park frequented by grizzly or black bears, you'd be wise to look into bear sprays.

Yosemite National Park Issues Massive Draft Plan Addressing Merced River And The Yosemite Valley

A reading frenzy was kicked off Tuesday when a massive draft plan for managing the wild and scenic Merced River through Yosemite National Park was released, a plan park officials hope will end years of litigation over visitor impacts on both the river and the Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite National Park Will Limit Traffic Up Half Dome To 300 Per Day

Making the day-long trek to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be a bit trickier beginning this summer, as park officials have decided to limit to 300 the number of hikers allowed to reach the dome top each day.

Out And About The Parks: A Potpourri Of Tidbits, From A New "National Park" To Exploring The High Sierra

A look at some newsworthy tidbits from around the National Park System.

National Park Lodging: Who's Taking Care Of These Buildings? Part II

While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In this, the second of our two-part series, the Traveler looks at why some properties are not as well-maintained as you might expect.

National Park Lodging: Who's Taking Care Of These Buildings? Part I

While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In a two-part series, the Traveler looks at the highs and lows of upkeep in the National Park System.
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Reader Participation Day: What Would Be Your Park Destination Of Choice For The Holidays?

If you could ask Santa for the chance to spend part of the upcoming holiday season in any national park service area, where would you go—and what would you do?

Add To Your Collection Of National Park Memorabilia

How do you collect your national park memories?

Creature Feature: Some Squirrels Really Can Fly

Humans weren't the only ones stocking up for a feast this month. Flying squirrels, which call a number of national parks home, have been busy with their own meals with winter coming.

Studying Granite At Yosemite National Park, The Video

In his latest addition to the growing list of Yosemite Nature Notes videos, videographer Steven Bumgardner focused on granite, a sturdy object found in just about every nook and cranny of the park.

Effort Fails In San Francisco To Move Towards Draining Hetch Hetchy Valley In Yosemite National Park

A ballot initiative designed to move San Francisco away from reliance on the reservoir that submerged the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park was overwhelmingly rejected by voters.

A Five-Pack Of Parks Where Winter Is Anything But Off-Season

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From snowsports to whale watching, America’s national parks have it all come winter. Check out our five-pack of parks where winter gives you the entire country's worth of geographical getaways.

Register Now For Lottery For Lodging At Ostrander Ski Hut In Yosemite National Park

If you're a hardy cross-country or backcountry skier looking for a new adventure, now is the time to enter the lottery for a stay at the Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite National Park.

Mirror Lake Loop Trail In Yosemite National Park Open Again To Hikers

A popular loop trail in the Yosemite Valley has been reopened to the public after being closed for more than three years due to a large rockfall, according to Yosemite National Park officials.

Ten Tons Of Garbage Picked Up From Yosemite National Park

Ten tons of garbage. Twenty-thousand pounds. That's how much litter, refuse, concrete, asphalt and other trash recently was removed from Yosemite National Park by an army of volunteers.

Reader Participation Day: Should The Hetch Hetchy Valley In Yosemite National Park Be Drained And Restored?

Should the Hetch Hetchy Valley of Yosemite National Park be drained of its reservoir and restored?
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