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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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Tioga Pass and Glacier Point Will Close Tuesday Nov. 20 In Preparation of Winter Storm

Tioga Pass and Glacier Point Will Close Tuesday Nov. 20 In Preparation of Winter Storm

TRAVEL UPDATES: TIOGA PASS, Glacier Point, Sonora Pass and Ebbets Pass Thanksgiving Weekend Sierra Rec Magazine, Yosemite National Park, November 19th 2018, - Each year we arrive at today with mixed emotions. Yosemite National Park has announced The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park will close to all vehicular traffic beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 due to incoming winter weather. The roads will reopen as weather and road conditions permit. This is not necessarily a seasonal closure. This signals the end of the season for us on the Eastside of Yosemite who use the Tioga Pass entrance to many of our Yosemite Park Adventures. Yet it also signals the beginning of snowshoe and ski season which is a beautiful reason to celebrate. A series of winter storms are expected to pass through the Yosemite area beginning on Tuesday evening through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park. Highway 120 West, Highway 140, and Highway 41 remain open year-round and provide access to Yosemite Valley. The Hetch Hetchy Road is open for day use throughout the winter months. All roads within the park are subject to chain control or temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. All motorists are required to carry tire chains, even if their car is equipped with four-wheel drive, while driving in the park during the winter months. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 Sonora and Ebbetts Pass also plan on closing for Thanksgiving travel Caltrans reports that Ebbetts Pass...

EnerPlex 1200 Power Center by Sierra Wave The Perfect Lightweight Companion For Every Roadtrip Adventure

EnerPlex 1200 Power Center by Sierra Wave The Perfect Lightweight Companion For Every Roadtrip Adventure

The New EnerPlex 1200 Provides Needed Power Supply for Camera and Drone Batteries on Road Trip Adventures Sierra Rec Magazine- Product Review - August 2018 - The bigger the adventure the bigger the needs or desire for more conveniences and an increased need for alternative power solutions. We are honored to introduce to you the EnerPlex 1200 Power center today by Sierra Wave. Sierra Wave is a brand by Aervoe Industries in Gardnerville Nevada. The  EnerPlex 1200 is their newest in a line of alternative power source solutions that are designed for the outdoor and emergency prepared consumer. The EnerPlex is a 1231 Watt Hour large format Lithium Ion battery power center which is relatively light compared to similar models on the market today. We were asked to review this model as a tool for the outdoor recreation industry. The EnerPlex 1200 power center is a sleek looking unit with a sporty orange and slate gray color scheme, and two easy to grab flat handles on each side for each movement. Right out the box you realize the weight is a big advantage over other large format power centers. At 47 lbs it was easy to move around even with one handle. The unit came fully charged and ready to use which is a bonus, the power center featured many outlets on the front including  (3) 110V outlets, 3 USB outlets,  19V Laptop Outlet ( plus the laptop charging cable and tips), & a 12-volt barrel plug outlet.  For me, the USB and Laptop outlets were great news for the added video, drone and camera recharge requirements. For our...

Yosemite Valley to Reopen to Visitors on Tuesday, August 14th, at 9:00 a.m.

Yosemite Valley to Reopen to Visitors on Tuesday, August 14th, at 9:00 a.m.

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to reopen on Monday, August 13th Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that Yosemite Valley will reopen to visitors on Tuesday, August 14th, at 9:00 a.m. Yosemite Valley has been closed to visitors since Wednesday, July 25th, due to impacts from the Ferguson Fire. Visitors can access Yosemite Valley from the El Portal Road (Highway 140), the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120), or the Tioga Road (Highway 120).  The Wawona Road (Highway 41) will remain closed from Wawona to Yosemite Valley for at least another week due to ongoing fire activity and firefighter operations. Park visitors should be aware that there is still active fire and smoke on the roads and people should drive with extreme caution. Delays on the roads are possible due to fire activity and ongoing firefighter operations. There will be limited hours and limited visitor services at park facilities as the park returns to normal operations. Mariposa Grove of Giants - Yosemite National ParkThe Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public on Monday, August 13th, at 9:00 a.m. Visitors can access the Mariposa Grove via the South Entrance (Highway 41) and park in the newly constructed parking area. The free shuttle buses to the Mariposa Grove will begin at 9:00 am. and take visitors to the newly restored Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Mariposa Grove reopened to visitors on June 14th, after a 3 year restoration project conducted in partnership with Yosemite Conservancy. Visitors will be able to travel to the Wawona area via the South Entrance (Highway 41). However, there is no...

The Ferguson Fire Continues To Engulf The Sierra and Endanger Firefighters and Local Residents. Updated Road Closures

Additional Road Closures for the Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park include the West HWY 120  Crane Flat region Awahanee, CA, August 2, 2018 - On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Brian Hughes, 33, Captain of the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots lost his life battling the Ferguson Fire on the Sierra National Forest. An official memorial website has been established in honor of Captain Hughes. There, the public can learn about him, upcoming memorial services, and where to send condolence letters or contributions. The site also includes a section for visitor-submitted memories and condolences. more… The Ferguson Fire now in its 21th day, started July 13 on the Sierra National Forest and is managed under unified command between the United States Forest Service, California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, CALFIRE and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. The fire is now 68,610 acres with 39% containment and 3,344 personnel that are currently engaged on the fire which includes 145 engines, 45 water tenders, 14 helicopters, 88 crews, 5 masticators and 49 dozers. There have been 2 fatalities and 11 injuries to date. 10 structures have been destroyed. Firefighters worked throughout the night to contain a couple spot fires outside of Wawona as they made progress toward full suppression of the Ferguson Fire. The high-pressure system above the fire is weakening which will result in warmer and drier conditions. With lower winds speeds and the inversion layer forecasted to lift by midday, residents are likely to see taller smoke columns than they are used to seeing. Natural resource specialists have begun surveying the western side of the fire today to assess areas requiring repair and mitigation. Firefighters,...

Yosemite Valley and Other Areas Will Remain Closed through Sunday, August 5

Yosemite Valley and Other Areas Will Remain Closed through Sunday, August 5

Yosemite National Park Announces Yosemite Valley and Other Areas Will Remain Closed through Sunday, August 5, 2018 Due to Continued Unhealthy Smoke Impacts and Active Firefighting Operations Conditions and closures to be assessed over the weekend Sierra REc Magazine - August 2, 2018 - Yosemite National Park announces Yosemite Valley, Wawona Road, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias, Hetch Hetchy, and other areas will remain closed to all visitors through Sunday, August 5, 2018 due to continued unhealthy smoke impacts and ongoing firefighting operations. The park will continue to assess conditions and reevaluate all closures on Sunday, August 5. Yosemite Valley has been temporarily closed since July 25 due to smoke impacts and for firefighting operations along El Portal Road and the Wawona Road due to the Ferguson Fire. The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) to Crane Flat and Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass remain open to all visitors and vehicles. Visitors are advised to drive with caution, as smoke impacts may vary. All trails and campgrounds along Tioga Road, including the Tuolumne Meadows Campground remain open. All visitor services along Tioga Road, including the High Sierra Camps and visitor services near Tuolumne Meadows remain open. Since the Ferguson Fire began on Friday, July 13, several other park facilities and roads have been closed due to fire impacts and the need to support firefighting operations. These closures include Glacier Point Road, Bridalveil Creek Campground, Wawona Campground, and the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias. Yosemite National Park continues to work closely with the Incident Management Team...

Mariposa Grove Reopening – A Celebration Of Partnership, Vision And Passion

Mariposa Grove Reopening – A Celebration Of Partnership, Vision And Passion

Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy Celebrate the Reopening of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias After the Largest Restoration Project in Park History Sierra Rec Magazine -Yosemite National Park- June 2018 - Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Conservancy and public officials this month dedicated the newly restored Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias following a landmark project to protect the ancient trees and reestablish the area’s natural serenity. “As the largest protection, restoration and improvement project in park history, this milestone reflects the unbridled passion so many people have to care for Yosemite so that future generations can experience majestic places like Mariposa Grove,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “These trees sowed the seeds of the national park idea in the 1800s and because of this incredible project it will remain one of the world’s most significant natural and cultural resources.” Mariposa Grove is home to about 500 mature giant sequoias, which are among the largest living things on Earth. The grove and Yosemite Valley were protected in 1864 as part of the Yosemite Grant Act, the nation’s first legislation focused on preserving public lands.The National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy donors each provided $20 million to fund the $40 million project. The grove has been closed to the public since July 2015 when restoration activities began. At a new arrival area, where shuttle busses will drop-off visitors, officials marked the grove reopening with a ribbon cutting and a tribal blessing. Speakers highlighted the grove’s historical significance, the importance of preserving our natural places, and the effectiveness of the National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy partnership to accomplish exceptional work in...

Yosemite National Park Offers Electronic Park Entrance Passes Beginning on June 21, 2018

Yosemite National Park Offers Electronic Park Entrance Passes Beginning on June 21, 2018

YourPassNow offers visitors new digital access to America’s public lands Sierra Rec Magazine - Yosemite National Park, June 2018 - Yosemite National Park announces the opportunity for park visitors to purchase their park entrance passes electronically through YourPassNow beginning on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Once visitors purchase and save their digital pass to their cell phone, or print and bring their purchased pass with them, Rangers will scan their pass at the entrance station. This convenient new service will give visitors the choice of purchasing a park pass in advance, or purchasing a pass in person at the park entrance station. This option is already available to visitors at several National Park Service sites across the country. “We are pleased to offer this opportunity for visitors to purchase park passes at home or on their mobile devices,” stated Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “This exciting technology provides visitors with the option for buying their park entrance passes in advance while on the road or from home.” YourPassNow provides an alternative to the traditional paper-based, in-person purchase method while simultaneously providing public lands with a tool to help manage the visitor experience. Using a computer or a personal device, visitors can purchase park entrance passes from yourpassnow.com at no additional cost. Once purchased, passes can be downloaded or stored to an electronic wallet for immediate and future use. Passes are also emailed for those that want to print their pass. The following passes will be available on www.YourPassNow.com: Private Vehicle ($35, valid one to seven days) Motorcycle ($30, valid one to seven days) Individual/Bicycle ($20, valid one to seven days) Yosemite Annual Pass ($70 valid for one year from...

The Opening Of The Mariposa Grove In Yosemite National Park Will Demand Traffic Controls

Yosemite National Park Announces Bus Parking Reservations for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Reservations will be available May 15, 2018 on Recreation.gov  Yosemite National Park announces that parking reservations will be required for all buses over 20 feet in length, including commercial tour buses, non-commercial buses, and mini-buses, to park and visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Mariposa Grove will reopen to the public on Friday, June 15, 2018.  Bus reservations will be available beginning at 7:00 am PDTon Tuesday, May 15, 2018 on Recreation.gov for the summer and fall seasons from June 15, 2018 through November 30, 2018. Four parking spaces for buses will be available for buses over 20 feet in length at the Reserved Bus Parking Area when the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias reopens to the public. This Reserved Bus Parking Area is located across from the existing South Entrance restroom (on the upper side of the Mariposa Grove Road). Bus parking reservations will cost $1.50 and will be non-refundable. Companies, organizations, and individuals will be able to book a maximum of 2 bus reservations per day. A maximum of 6 bus reservations may be booked within a single logon session. Reservations are for 3-hour blocks. Operators cannot exceed the 3-hour parking limit. Reservations will be available daily during the summer within the following 3-Hour time blocks: 8:00 am -11:00 am 8:30 am -11:30 am 9:00 am -12:00 pm  9:30 am -12:30 pm 11:30 am - 2:30 pm 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 4:30 pm -7:30...

Yosemite Valley to Close Today at Noon Due To Potential Flooding

Yosemite Valley to Close Today at Noon Due To Potential Flooding

Yosemite Valley is closing on Friday afternoon due to potential flooding Due to anticipated flooding, visitors will no longer be able to enter Yosemite Valley beginning at noon on Friday, April 6, and the Valley will be closed to visitation at 5 pm on Friday. All other areas of the park will remain open, conditions permitting. Yosemite National Park expects significant impacts from a storm coming in from the Pacific and Yosemite Valley will be closed to park visitors on Friday, April 6 at 5:00 pm. All campgrounds and visitor lodging in Yosemite Valley will close Friday afternoon and reservations for Friday evening, April 6, and Saturday evening, April 7, have been cancelled. Overnight and day visitors to Yosemite Valley are asked to leave by5:00 pm on Friday, April 6 to ensure visitor safety. Access to Yosemite Valley will be closed along the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) at the Foresta Road Junction, along with the Wawona Road (Highway 41) at Chinquapin, and along Highway 140 at the Park boundary in El Portal. After the storm passes, roadway and facility conditions in the park will be assessed and a timeline will be determined when Yosemite Valley will reopen to park visitors. Visitor services and campgrounds remain open in Wawona, Hodgen Meadow, Crane Flat, and El Portal. The Big Trees Lodge, the El Portal Market, and the El Portal gas station are anticipated remain open during the storm. Roadways and park facilities may close at any time for visitor and employee safety. YARTS buses will be on their regular schedule on Friday, April 6. However, all YARTS service to Yosemite Valley will be suspended on Saturday and Sunday. As conditions change,...

Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park

Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park

Public Notice:  Tioga Pass Closed For the 2017/2018 Winter Season Sierra Rec Magazine - Dec, 4, 2017 - In Case you missed it last weekend, one of the annual "saddest days of the year" for us on the Eastern Sierra front happened. The Closing of Tioga Pass for winter. Now we either drive around to the west entrance or decide to say goodbye til spring. The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season, due to hazardous driving conditions. Recent winter storm activity throughout Yosemite National Park has resulted in snow accumulation above 6,000 feet. Glacier Point and Tioga Roads close each fall, when snow and ice create hazardous driving conditions, and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring. Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all other roads within the park. All roads within the park are subject to chain control or temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. All motorists are required to carry tire chains, even if their car is equipped with four-wheel drive, while driving in the park during the winter months. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call...

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