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Yosemite National Park

First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

Yosemite National Park is home to such famous know features as Half Dome, El Capitan, The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Hetch Hetchy, Cathedral Peaks, Tuolumne Medows and so many more.  It has inspired families for generations and is visited for weeks on end as well as a casual day trips from the central valley of  California and the Eastern Slope Communities of the Sierra.

From a recreational view, there are no limits to the amount of recreation one can find or experience in Yosemite’s National Park boundaries. From hiking the PCT, to floating  the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, to climbing El Capitan or exploring the vast meadows in Toulumne with your camera lens, Yosemite National Park welcomes its visitors to play and explore like children of the great explorers in its past.

“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.”—John Muir

Yosemite National Park is a 195-mile escape from urban San Francisco or a 315-mile journey from Los Angeles. The expansive park’s 747,956 acres or 1,169 square miles, nearly 95 percent of which are designated Wilderness, are home to hundreds of wildlife species, and over a thousand plant species. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. Two Wild & Scenic Rivers, the Tuolumne and Merced rivers, begin in the park and flow west to the Central Valley. Visitors can explore 800 miles of hiking trails and 282 miles of scenic roadways.

 

 

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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Introduces Refined ’Cabineering’ Concept with New Explorer Cabins

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Introduces Refined ’Cabineering’ Concept with New Explorer Cabins

50 two-bedroom cabins are set to debut in Summer 2019, expanding mountain resort’s wide variety of accommodations near Yosemite National Park FISH CAMP, Calif.— May 31, 2019– Tenaya Lodge is elevating the Yosemite experience this summer with the debut of the Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge. The picturesque cabin development will offer guests a unique Yosemite “cabineering” experience that combines the refined comforts of a modern cabin, personalized service and the perks of a full-service resort — all in a pristine mountain setting. Cabin Community - image courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc The 50 stand-alone, two-bedroom Explorer Cabins are nestled within a forest of sugar pines and incense cedars and surrounded by nature trails. Part of a $25 million investment to enhance the resort’s lodging, dining and recreation options in 2019, the cabins offer families and groups of friends spacious, relaxed and well-appointed accommodations that are intimately connected to the adventure and captivating natural beauty of the Yosemite-Sierra region. image courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc “Cabins are synonomous with getting away from it all, outdoor adventure and fun experiences that strengthen bonds between family and friends,” Tenaya General Manger Paul Ratchford said. “The Explorer Cabins are ideal for making memories and setting the stage for family traditions for years to come. Guests can spend the day discovering beautiful forest trails and unique points of interest or simply relaxing while playing board games together, but still have access to the convenience, technology, comfort and amenities of a full-service resort,” Ratchford said.   At 650 square feet, the “mountain modern” cabins sleep up to six guests and include a...

Threatened California Red-Legged Frogs Making a Comeback in Yosemite National Park After a 50-Year Absence

Threatened California Red-Legged Frogs Making a Comeback in Yosemite National Park After a 50-Year Absence

Cooperative Effort by the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and NatureBridge Sierra Rec Magazine - Yosemite National Park New Release - May 2019 ~ Federally threatened California red-legged frogs are showing signs of a return to Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park after a 50-year absence following their reintroduction as part of a collaborative effort by the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and NatureBridge. A new generation of red-legged frogs were discovered this spring in Yosemite Valley when National Park Service ecologists found eggs in ponds and meadows. This is the first documented breeding of red-legged frogs since the release of the species’ adult frogs began in 2017. It often takes years to see such a result, according to Yosemite National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds. “It’s unusual to find eggs in any location and to find them this soon is a strong indication that red-legged frogs are adapting successfully to the riparian areas where we reintroduced them,” said Reynolds. “This is a major milestone in our work to reestablish a species that contributes to a healthy park ecosystem.”  The red-legged frog had not been seen in Yosemite National Park in a half century. So far, the program, which began in 2016, has reintroduced an estimated 4,000 California red-legged frog eggs and tadpoles and 500 adult frogs. Last week, about 200 more adult frogs were released in Yosemite Valley and another 275 will be released in June. The adults were reared at a special San Francisco Zoo facility. For the first...

Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meeting to Provide Updates on the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center and the Tuolumne Meadows Parking Relocation Projects

Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meeting to Provide Updates on the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center and the Tuolumne Meadows Parking Relocation Projects

Sierra Rec Magazine - Yosemite National Park New Release - May, 8 2019 - Yosemite National Park is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Groveland Community Hall (18720 Highway 120, Groveland, CA) to provide an update on two upcoming projects: the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center and the Tuolumne Meadows Parking Relocation Projects. Park staff will discuss implementation and operations for both projects, which will begin construction in 2020. The meeting will take place from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Park staff will give presentations from 3:00–3:45 pm followed by an Open House from 3:45 to 4:30 pm. The Big Oak Flat Welcome Center project will improve the visitor experience, address deferred maintenance and improve public safety. This project will also increase efficiency through construction of a new welcome center, comfort station, and information plaza. Additionally, the project will improve visitor parking through the construction of a new parking lot and extend the sewer line that connects to the Hodgdon Meadow septic system. The park approved a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center project in February 2019 after release of an environmental assessment for public comment in November 2018. Park staff will also provide information on the Tuolumne Meadows Parking Relocation Project, which is intended to move shoulder parking along the Tioga Road at Tuolumne Meadows (near the Visitor Center and Cathedral Lake trailhead) into expanded parking areas within nearby upland areas. The current roadside parking negatively impacts the visitor experience by blocking views of Tuolumne Meadows. Additionally, vehicles encroach into meadow and riparian areas, negatively impacting critical...

National Junior Ranger Day Kicks Off National Park Week Saturday

National Junior Ranger Day Kicks Off National Park Week Saturday

We treasure our National Parks in the Sierra and the Western Region, and creating a future generation of care takers and enthusiast is a project that we at Sierra Rec enjoy promoting. Saturday, April 20, 2109 National Parks around the country including Yosemite, Lassen, Death Valley, and Seqouia and Kings Canyon will kick off this years National Parks week with National Junior Ranger Day Activities. The Junior Ranger Program is a great way to explore national parks, get some cool swag, and maybe even one of those coveted hats the rangers wear! Well...okay. Yours might be made out of paper, but you'll still rock it! You'll also learn why national parks matter and how you can be a part of the team that helps keep parks healthy. We don't care what age you are–just come to "explore, learn, and protect" your national parks and became an official Junior Ranger! Find a park near you and ask the rangers about all the fun activities and special programs you can do to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Set the calendar below to April to look for National Junior Ranger Day events....

Yosemite National Park Announces the Launch of a Pilot Daily Lottery for Camp 4 Campground

Yosemite National Park Announces the Launch of a Pilot Daily Lottery for Camp 4 Campground

Camp 4 daily lottery to go into effect beginning on Tuesday, May 21, 2019  Sierra REC Magazine - Nps New Release - Yosemite National Park announces that a new pilot lottery program for Camp 4 Campground will launch on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. This daily lottery system will be operated through Recreation.gov and will help improve the visitor experience at Camp 4 Campground. Camp 4 Campground is a walk-in campground and the only first-come, first-served campground in Yosemite Valley. Visitor demands for a camping space at Camp 4 have been increasing over the past decade and the current registration system no longer serves the public and meets the needs of current campers. Under the current system, campers have to line up and wait for a first-come, first-served camping space to open. In order to wait for one of the available spaces to open up, campers line up all day, and sometime the night before, with the hopes of getting a camping space. This system is inefficient and has contributed to wildlife issues due to improper food storage, out of bounds camping, and conflicts between campers. To help resolve these issues, Yosemite National Park is going to test a new pilot program from late May to early September, using a daily lottery system similar to the Half Dome daily lottery. Visitors interested in staying at Camp 4 will enter a daily lottery managed by www.recreation.gov. The lottery opens at 12:01 am pacific time the day before your intended arrival date. The lottery is open until 4:00 pm pacific time. The lottery automatically matches applicants with the number of open camping spaces. All people who enter the daily lottery will be notified by email on the results of their lottery application. ...

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 20, 2019

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 20, 2019

Visitors are invited to help us celebrate Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday in Yosemite Valley    Yosemite National Park will be celebrating Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday on Saturday, April 20, 2019. There will be activities for all ages throughout the day. All activities are free. Join us at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Village from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be music, games, and interactive booths. Meet with park rangers and park partners and learn how we are working to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources in Yosemite National Park. Some of the day’s highlights include: Learn about how you can reduce waste at the Sustainability booth. Bring an empty single-use camp propane canister and trade it in for a refillable propane canister.Junior Rangers of all ages are welcome to explore the park on a special Ranger-guided walk at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.Join a Park Ecologist and learn about Meadow Restoration on a walk around Ahwahnee Meadow at 10:45 am.Connect with a Park Ranger and learn about bears and other wildlife that call Yosemite home.Express your love of Yosemite through a special art project brought to you by Yosemite Conservancy.Enjoy Facepainting and other hands-on activities for all agesJoin a photo walk at 11:00 am and explore Yosemite Valley through your camera’s lens with photographers from the Ansel Adams GalleryLearn sustainable gardening tips from the UC Mariposa Master GardenersAnd much more! Visitors coming to the park should be prepared for a very busy day. Saturday, April 20, 2019 is a free...

GLAMPING COMES TO YOSEMITE

GLAMPING COMES TO YOSEMITE

SANTA BARBRA COMPANY "AUTOCAMPS" INTRODUCES A RE-IMAGINED LODGING EXPERIENCE NEAR YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK MARIPOSA CA, APRIL 2019 - Lodging near Yosemite National Park has taken a new turn into the world of luxury camping experiences from the imaginations of a Santa Barbara Based company Autocamp. Located just miles from the gates of Yosemite National Park off HWY 140 near Mariposa Ca. the great outdoors beacons guests to experience Autocamp Yosemite via an over the top glamping experience set on their largest outdoor property. Clubhouse Rendering by Los Angeles Based Anacapa Nestled on 35 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the property will feature a 4,000 square foot clubhouse with reception, meeting space, indoor/outdoor lounge areas, and a curated marketplace offering artisanal food and beverages. The clubhouse includes a scenic roof deck, perfect for stargazing, and an outdoor swimming pool. Accommodations include 15 luxury tents, two cabin suites and 80 deluxe Airstream trailers — custom designed by Anacapa and built in the USA by Airstream, Inc. Five ADA suites are designed by Los Angeles’s M-Rad Architecture. Enjoy the outdoors fireside with your personal accessible fire pit and dining area. The perfect homebase for any Yosemite adventure. AutoCamp, a modern and stylish outdoor hotel experience that makes connecting with the great outdoors easy for everyone 80 Custom Airstreams with spa-inspired bathroom. AutoCamp has redefined alternative lodging by blending the traditional outdoor experience with the service and design of a boutique hotel. Santa Barbara–based architecture firm, Anacapa and San Francisco’s Geremia Design, the team behind AutoCamp Russian River, once again joined forces to create an unparalleled lodging experience in Yosemite. AutoCamp Yosemite is the first property within...

Yosemite National Park Announces the Mariposa Grove Road and the Free Visitor Shuttle Open for the Season on Friday, April 12, 2019

Yosemite National Park Announces the Mariposa Grove Road and the Free Visitor Shuttle Open for the Season on Friday, April 12, 2019

Visitors should prepared for snowy conditions in the Lower and Upper Grove Sierra Rec Magazine - April 8, 2019 - Yosemite National Park announces that the Mariposa Grove Road will reopen to automobiles on Friday, April 12, 2019. The free visitor shuttle to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will also resume service for the busy summer season on Friday, April 12. When the shuttles are running, visitors should park at the South Entrance Parking area and ride the free shuttle 2-miles to the Lower Grove. Mike Murphy [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] Every year, the Mariposa Grove Road closes during the winter season and reopens in the spring as conditions allow. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias remains open year-round, but during the winter season visitor parking is located at the South Entrance Parking Area and visitors can snowshoe or cross-country ski up the Mariposa Grove Road or the Washburn Trail.   Visitors planning to hike in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in April and early May should be prepared for winter hiking conditions. Up to two feet of snow remain in some sections of the trails in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. For more information on current conditions in Yosemite National Park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200. Hero Photo by Daniel...

Yosemite Conservancy Provides $15.3 Million in Support to Yosemite National Park for Priority Projects and Programs

Yosemite Conservancy Provides $15.3 Million in Support to Yosemite National Park for Priority Projects and Programs

Yosemite National Park, April 1, 2019 – Yosemite Conservancy is providing $15.3 million in support to Yosemite National Park to protect the rare Sierra Nevada red fox, revitalize wetlands and fund volunteer programs, among nearly 50 programs and grants it is backing in 2019. “With four million visitors each year, Yosemite needs to be nurtured to remain a national treasure. Restoring trails and habitat, protecting vulnerable wildlife and inspiring people to take care of the natural world are a few examples of how donor support protects the park and enriches lives,” said Yosemite Conservancy President Frank Dean. “Our efforts help to address impacts and connect people to the park in ways that change their lives and their thinking about conservation.”In 2019, Conservancy donors will support projects to protect wildlife, restore habitat and improve visitor experiences. Grants will allow park wildlife experts to study and protect peregrine falcons, bats and Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. Crews will rehabilitate wetlands in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows that are an essential part of the region’s ecosystem. Visitors will benefit from educational and cultural grants supporting the popular Ask a Climber program, Junior Rangers and variety of youth programs.“The power and benefit of philanthropy is undeniable to nature and park visitors,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “Projects we’ve partnered on with the Conservancy, such as the amazing restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias completed last year, are essential to our ability to preserve park natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.”Yosemite Conservancy also supports volunteer programs involving providing visitors with park information at popular locations and helping backpackers...

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 20, 2019

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 20, 2019

Visitors are invited to help us celebrate Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday in Yosemite Valley     Yosemite National Park will be celebrating Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday on Saturday, April 20, 2019. There will be activities for all ages throughout the day. All activities are free. Join us at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Village from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be music, games, and interactive booths. Meet with park rangers and park partners and learn how we are working to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources in Yosemite National Park. Some of the day’s highlights include: Learn about how you can reduce waste at the Sustainability booth. Bring an empty single-use camp propane canister and trade it in for a refillable propane canister.Junior Rangers of all ages are welcome to explore the park on a special Ranger-guided walk at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.Join a Park Ecologist and learn about Meadow Restoration on a walk around Ahwahnee Meadow at 10:45 am.Connect with a Park Ranger and learn about bears and other wildlife that call Yosemite home.Express your love of Yosemite through a special art project brought to you by Yosemite Conservancy.Enjoy Facepainting and other hands-on activities for all agesJoin a photo walk at 11:00 am and explore Yosemite Valley through your camera’s lens with photographers from the Ansel Adams GalleryLearn sustainable gardening tips from the UC Mariposa Master GardenersAnd much...

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