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

Yosemite National Park announces Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are closed to all vehicular traffic for the winter season. Glacier Point and Tioga Roads typically close each fall and remain closed through the winter season. These roads reopen each spring when weather and road conditions are safe for vehicular traffic. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-glacier-point-and-tioga-roads-are-closed-for-the-season-2020.htm

Yosemite National Park Honors the Recipients of the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Yosemite National Park proudly announces the recipients of the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards. These awards are bestowed annually to outstanding volunteers in several different categories, recognizing exemplary service to Yosemite National Park.  https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-honors-the-recipients-of-the-2020-volunteer-of-the-year-awards.htm

National Park Service announces Cicely Muldoon as Yosemite National Park’s new superintendent

The National Park Service has selected Cicely Muldoon, a 35-year veteran of the National Park Service, as the new permanent superintendent of Yosemite National Park. Muldoon has been serving as the acting superintendent since January. https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/national-park-service-announces-cicely-muldoon-as-yosemite-national-park-s-new-superintendent.htm

Ansley Singer Receives the 2019 Barry Hance Memorial Award at Yosemite National Park

Ansley has spent most of her life living in and around Yosemite National Park. Her father worked in Yosemite and was based both in Wawona and El Portal. Ansley started her NPS career at the age of 14, working on a Youth Conservation Corps crew. She began her first permanent NPS job in 2002, working for the park’s dispatch office. In 2016, she transitioned to the Management Assistant role, where she is responsible for coordinating essential projects and managing core administrative functions for wilderness, fire, and Law Enforcement Rangers. Ansley has also served on many fire and other incident management teams as a Resource Unit Leader.    https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ansley-singer-receives-the-2019-barry-hance-memorial-award-at-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park is Modifying Operations

Yosemite National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state public health authorities, as the park continues to increase public access and services. The NPS is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-is-modifying-operations.htm

Yosemite National Park to Reopen on Friday, September 25, 2020

Yosemite National Park will reopen to all park visitors on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:00 am. Some visitor services will be available and other visitor services will open incrementally over the weekend. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-reopen-on-friday-september-25-2020.htm

Yosemite National Park Remains Closed Due to Hazardous Air Quality

Yosemite National Park remains closed due to hazardous air quality. However, park through roads are now accessible for vehicular traffic desiring to drive through the park. Limited services are available throughout the park. Visitors should be prepared to drive through without stopping.     https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-remains-closed-due-to-hazardous-air-quality.htm

Yosemite National Park to Close Due to Significant Smoke Impacts and Hazardous Air Quality

Yosemite National Park announces that the park will close to all visitors and vehicular access due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park. All park entrance stations and roads will close beginning at 5:00 pm tonight, Thursday, September 17, 2020. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-close-due-to-significant-smoke-impacts-and-hazardous-air-quality.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Opening of Civic Engagement for the Ackerson Meadow Restoration Project

Yosemite National Park announces the opening of civic engagement for the Ackerson Meadow Restoration Project. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-the-opening-of-civic-engagement-for-the-ackerson-meadow-restoration-project.htm

Fire investigation underway in Yosemite National Park

NPS Firefighters and Special Agents are asking for the public's help to identify those responsible for igniting a fire in Ahwahnee Meadow on the night of July 15, 2020 in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1563/yose-ahwahnee-meadow-fire-07152020.htm

California National Parks Reduce Wildfire Risks Through First-of-its-Kind Collaboration with Utilities

The National Park Service (NPS) has issued permits to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) to perform wildfire prevention activities in 12 California national park units through a new public-private partnership that focuses on protecting park resources and streamlining communication between the NPS and utilities. https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1180/nps-california-wildfire-utility-collaboration.htm

Yosemite National Park Continues a Phased Reopening on Thursday, June 11, 2020

In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, Yosemite National Park will continue to incrementally increase recreational access. Beginning June 11, the park will open all the primary attractions to some extent and visitors will be able to enter Yosemite in a multitude of ways. Visitors will be invited to enjoy 800 miles of park trails and popular destinations including Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, Tuolumne Meadows and Hetch Hetchy. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-continues-a-phased-reopening-on-thursday-june-11-2020.htm

Wawona Hotel To Remain Closed For Upcoming Visitor Season

The Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park will remain closed for the upcoming visitor season in order to complete necessary electrical repairs and upgrades. The Wawona Hotel is generally open to visitors March through November of each year. It is anticipated that the planning and work on the project will be completed and the hotel will reopen to visitors Spring 2021. The National Park Service recently completed an extensive electrical survey with a contractor and it was determined that the current electrical system, dating back to 1917, needs replacement and upgrades for safety and the preservation of the historic buildings. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wawona-hotel-to-remain-closed-for-upcoming-visitor-season.htm

Yosemite National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

Yosemite NP, California – Yosemite National Park is announcing modifications to operations at the request of the local health department. As of 3:00 pm today, Friday, March 20, 2020, Yosemite National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. This closure will be enforced 24-hours a day/7-days a week and there will be no access permitted to Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-is-modifying-operations-to-implement-latest-health-guidance-2.htm

Yosemite National Park Campgrounds Are Closed

Yosemite National Park campgrounds currently open, Upper Pines and Camp 4, are now closed. These closures will remain in effect through March 31, 2020. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-campgrounds-are-closed.htm

Yosemite National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

Yosemite National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 17, 2020 park visitor centers, the Yosemite Valley Theater, the Yosemite Museum, along with all restaurants and lodges inside the park are closed. The park shuttles are not in operation. All ranger-guided programs have been cancelled. All of these closures will remain in effect through March 31, 2020. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-is-modifying-operations-to-implement-latest-health-guidance.htm

NatureBridge Summer Backpacking Programs in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks Develop Future Environmental Leaders

NatureBridge is seeking participants for its Summer Backpacking programs in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks. Enrollment is open for students entering 7th-12th grade. Each summer, NatureBridge—the largest nonprofit educational partner of the National Park Service—leads one- and two-week environmental science programs through some of the United States’ most beautiful protected lands. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridge-summer-backpacking-programs-in-yosemite-and-olympic-national-parks-develop-future-environmental-leaders.htm

Yosemite National Park Presents the 35th Annual Yosemite Renaissance Art Exhibit

The 35th Yosemite Renaissance Art Exhibit will be on display at the Yosemite Museum Gallery from Saturday, February 22 through Sunday, May 3, 2020. The exhibit features artworks inspired by Yosemite and California’s Sierra Nevada, and includes photography, painting, sculptures, textiles and more. This year, 70 works were selected from 811 entries. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-presents-the-35th-annual-yosemite-renaissance-art-exhibit.htm

Yosemite National Park Reports Multiple Cases of Gastrointestinal Illness

Yosemite National Park has received reports of approximately 170 people who have experienced a gastrointestinal illness. Affected individuals include park visitors and employees, and most of these individuals spent time in Yosemite Valley. As of today, there have been two confirmed cases of norovirus. Most of the cases occurred on and around the first week of January 2020 and there has been a significant decline of new cases reported over the past several days. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-reports-multiple-cases-of-gastrointestinal-illness.htm

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

Yosemite National Park announces Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are closed to all vehicular traffic for the winter season. Glacier Point and Tioga Roads typically closes each fall and remain closed through the winter season. These roads reopen each spring when weather and road conditions are safe for vehicular traffic. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-glacier-point-and-tioga-roads-are-closed-for-the-season.htm

Yosemite National Park to Host Public Meeting on the Curry Former Waste Disposal Site

Yosemite National Park is hosting a public meeting on the remediation of the Curry Former Waste Disposal Site. All members of the public interested in learning about this project are welcome to join park staff at the Yosemite Valley Auditorium on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-host-public-meeting-on-the-curry-former-waste-disposal-site.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery Celebrate the Winners of the 2019 Gateway Expressions Student Art and Photography Contest

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery celebrated the winners of the 9th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Photography Contest earlier this month. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-the-ansel-adams-gallery-celebrate-the-winners-of-the-2019-gateway-expressions-student-art-and-photography-contest.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans DayYosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, 2019. This fee free day is offered to all park visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-waive-entrance-fees-for-veterans-day-2019.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of the Deaf Services Program October 11-14, 2019

Yosemite National Park is pleased to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Deaf Services program October 11-14, 2019 by hosting special events designed for members of the Deaf community.   https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-celebrates-40th-anniversary-of-the-deaf-services-program-october-11-14-2019.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates the 10th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards

Yosemite National Park is proud to announce the 2019 recipients of the park’s Volunteer of the Year awards. These prestigious awards are bestowed annually to outstanding volunteers in nine different categories for exemplary service to Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-celebrates-the-10th-annual-volunteer-of-the-year-awards.htm

Yosemite National Park Employees and Local Citizens Recognized for Bravery and Valor at the Department of the Interior’s 74th Honor Awards Convocation

Five Yosemite National Park employees and two members of the public were honored by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt at the 74th Honor Award Convocation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. for heroic actions, courage and professionalism in the line of duty. For their actions taken during three separate rescue operations, Park Ranger Aaron Smith, Park Ranger Jack Hoeflich, Park Ranger Thomas Healy, Helicopter Foreman Eric Small, and Aviation Manager Jeff Pirog received the Valor Award of the Department of the Interior. Helicopter Pilot Tim Lyons and private citizen Rory Farrell received the Department of the Interior’s Citizen’s Award for Bravery. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-employees-and-local-citizens-recognized-for-bravery-and-valor-at-the-department-of-the-interior-s-74th-honor-awards-convocation.htm

16th Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the 16th Annual Yosemite Facelift, an event held each fall to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/16th-annual-facelift-to-be-held-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Designates Wildlife Protection Zones Throughout the Park

In preparation for a busy Labor Day Weekend, Yosemite National Park has designated several new Wildlife Protection Zones located on stretches of roadway throughout the Park where bears and other animals have been hit by vehicles. Visitors driving in the park this weekend will see new signs advising motorists that you are in a “Wildlife Protection Zone” and that speed limits will be strictly enforced. Multiple zones have been designated in Yosemite Valley and along sections of Big Oak Flat Road, El Portal Road, Wawona Road and Tioga Road. These zones will remain in effect until further notice. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-designates-wildlife-protection-zones-throughout-the-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Ranger Jack Hoeflich Receives the 2018 Harry Yount Award

Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that Jack Hoeflich is the 2018 recipient of the National Park Service’s Harry Yount Award for Excellence in the Art of Rangering. Named after the world’s first-known park ranger who patrolled Yellowstone National Park in the 1880s, the Harry Yount Award annually honors a National Park Ranger who consistently excels in the performance of duties that serve park visitors and protect the natural, historical and cultural resources of parks. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-ranger-jack-hoeflich-receives-the-2018-harry-yount-award.htm

Yosemite National Park Rescue Medic Heather Wonenberg Awarded the 2018 Outstanding Wildfire EMS Individual of the Year

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group in Boise, Idaho has awarded Yosemite National Park Helitack member Heather Wonenberg the 2018 Outstanding Wildfire EMS Individual of the Year Award. This award recognizes and honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding work, actions, or programs in emergency medical service for our Nation’s Wildland Firefighters. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-rescue-medic-heather-wonenberg-awarded-the-2018-outstanding-wildfire-ems-individual-of-the-year.htm

Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery Announce the 9th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Photography Contest

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery are pleased to announce the 9th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Photography Contest. This contest celebrates the artistic creativity of our local youth living in Yosemite’s gateway communities. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-the-ansel-adams-gallery-announce-the-9th-annual-gateway-expressions-student-art-and-photography-contest.htm

Yosemite National Park Will Host a Public Meeting on the Upcoming Glacier Point Road Rehabilitation Project

Yosemite National Park will host a public meeting in Oakhurst, California from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 on the upcoming Glacier Point Road Rehabilitation Project. All are welcome to attend this meeting to learn more about the Glacier Point Road Rehabilitation Project, which will be held at the Oakhurst Community Center (39800 Fresno Flats Road, Oakhurst, California, 93644). https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-will-host-a-public-meeting-on-the-upcoming-glacier-point-road-rehabilitation-project.htm

Yosemite National Park Debuts New App That Helps Visitors Explore the Park

A new app by Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy makes it easier to plan a visit and explore Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-debuts-new-app-that-helps-visitors-explore-the-park.htm

Thomas Karl Standen III Receives the 2018 Barry Hance Memorial Award at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is proud to announce that Thomas (Tom) Karl Standen III is the recipient of the 2018 Barry Hance Memorial Award. This ceremony was attended by approximately 400 Yosemite National Park employees, retirees, volunteers, and park partners including several past Barry Hance Memorial Award recipients. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/thomas-karl-standen-iii-receives-the-2018-barry-hance-memorial-award-at-yosemite-national-park.htm

Lawsuit Settled Between National Park Service, DNC Parks and Resorts, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC Over Trademarks and Service Marks

DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (Delaware North), the United States of America, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (Aramark) have settled the lawsuit filed by Delaware North related to Delaware North’s former concession contract at Yosemite with the National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/lawsuit-settled-between-national-park-service-dnc-parks-and-resorts-and-yosemite-hospitality-llc-over-trademarks-and-service-marks.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Tioga Road To Open to Unrestricted Vehicular Traffic on Monday, July 1

Yosemite National Park announces the Tioga Road will open to unrestricted vehicular traffic on Monday, July 1st, at 8:00 a.m.. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-tioga-road-to-open-to-unrestricted-vehicular-traffic-on-monday-july-1.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Limited Access on Tioga Road Beginning on Friday, June 21, 2019

Yosemite National Park announces there will be limited access to Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) for visitors interested in crossing the Sierra. Tioga Road will be open to all vehicles, including bicycles, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No parking will be allowed on Tioga Road and day use recreation is not permitted. There is no visitor parking available at either end of the road closure. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-limited-access-on-tioga-road-beginning-on-friday-june-21-2019.htm

Yosemite Packers Honored as World Champion Pack Team

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds is proud to announce that Yosemite National Park won three major awards at the 50th Annual Mule Days Celebration over Memorial Day Weekend in Bishop, California. The Yosemite Packers were honored as the 2019 World Champion Pack Team and they won First Place in the category of Parade Pack Team – Government Packstring – Working 1 Lead and 5 Mules. The Yosemite Mounted Patrol also won First Place in the category of Mounted Horse Group. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-packers-honored-as-world-champion-pack-team.htm

Tourism to Yosemite National Park Creates $624,129,000 in Economic Benefits

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4,009,438 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2018 spent $495,245,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 6,184 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $624,129,000. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tourism-to-yosemite-national-park-creates-624-129-000-in-economic-benefits.htm

Yosemite National Park Preparing for an Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Yosemite National Park is preparing for an extremely busy Memorial Day weekend. The park expects high visitation, especially from Friday, May 24, 2019 through Monday, May 27, 2019. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-preparing-for-an-extremely-busy-memorial-day-weekend.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Remain Closed to All Vehicular Traffic Through Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will remain closed to all vehicular traffic, including bicycles, through Sunday, May 19, 2019. This road closure will remain in effect due to current snow and ice accumulation on the road, and incoming winter storm systems that are expected to result in additional snow accumulation above 5,000 feet. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/glacier-point-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-remain-closed-to-all-vehicular-traffic-through-sunday-may-19-2019.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Close Due to Winter Weather

Due to an incoming winter storm system, the Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will close to all vehicular traffic beginning at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Glacier Point Road will remain closed until the storm system passes and the road can be evaluated for hazards. The road will reopen when road conditions are safe for vehicular traffic. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/glacier-point-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-close-due-to-winter-weather.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open for the Season on Friday, May 10, 2019

Yosemite National Park will open the Glacier Point Road to all vehicular traffic at 9:00 am on Friday, May 10, 2019. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/glacier-point-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-for-the-season-on-friday-may-10-2019.htm

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

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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/threatened-california-red-legged-frogs-making-a-comeback-in-yosemite-national-park-after-a-50-year-absence.htm

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 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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-public-meeting-to-provide-updates-on-the-big-oak-flat-welcome-center-and-the-tuolumne-meadows-parking-relocation-projects.htm

Yosemite National Park Hosts 7th Annual Law Day

Yosemite National Park is proud to host the 7th Annual Law Day to commemorate and celebrate our national ideals of liberty, justice, equality and the importance of the rule of law. Over 300 eighth grade students from Yosemite’s local gateway communities will be in attendance, including students from Mariposa, Lake Don Pedro, Coarsegold, Greeley Hill, Fresno and more. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-hosts-7th-annual-law-day.htm

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

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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-the-launch-of-a-pilot-daily-lottery-for-camp-4-campground.htm

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 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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-the-mariposa-grove-road-and-the-free-visitor-shuttle-open-for-the-season-on-friday-april-12-2019.htm

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

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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-celebrate-earth-day-on-saturday-april-20-2019.htm

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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-conservancy-provides-15-3-million-in-support-to-yosemite-national-park-for-priority-projects-and-programs.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Glacier Point Road and the Surrounding Trails to Remain Open for Extended Winter Season

Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that Glacier Point Road and the surrounding trails will remain open for winter recreational use through Sunday, April 14, 2019, conditions permitting. Due to the significant snow pack, the current trail conditions are great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the area surrounding Glacier Point Road. Typically, winter recreational use in this area ends at the end of March when the park closes Glacier Point Road to begin seasonal plowing operations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-glacier-point-road-and-the-surrounding-trails-to-remain-open-for-extended-winter-season.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Additions to the Yosemite Leadership Team

Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that three new park managers have been selected, bringing a wealth of diverse background knowledge and experience to Yosemite. The park welcomes Dr. Nicole Athearn as the new Chief for the Division of Resource Management and Science, Brendan Hickey as the new Administrative Officer, and David Miyako as the new Chief for the Division of Business and Revenue Management. All three of these new leaders will serve on the Yosemite Leadership Team (YLT). https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-additions-to-the-yosemite-leadership-team.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Late Seasonal Openings for Several Park Facilities

Yosemite National Park announces that there will be late seasonal openings to facilities throughout the park. These late openings are due to the exceptionally heavy snowpack in Yosemite National Park and the subsequent extensive damage to many park facilities. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-late-seasonal-openings-for-several-park-facilities.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces that the 2019 Half Dome Preseason Lottery will Open on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Yosemite National Park announces that the 2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will open at 7:00 am PDT on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. For the latest information on the Half Dome preseason lottery, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-that-the-2019-half-dome-preseason-lottery-will-open-on-wednesday-march-13-2019.htm

NatureBridge Summer Backpacking Program for Teens in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

NatureBridge, the largest non-profit educational partner of the National Park Service, leads life-changing backpacking programs for middle and high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer. These one-week and two-week programs offer the perfect mix of backpacking, science and adventure and give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in two of the most iconic national parks in the country. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridge-summer-backpacking-programs-for-teens-in-yosemite-and-olympic-national-parks-builds-future-scientists-and-leaders.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces that the 2019 Half Dome Preseason Lottery will be Delayed

Yosemite National Park announces that the 2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will be delayed this year due to a transition to a new contracted provider. The preseason lottery typically opens on March 1. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-that-the-2019-half-dome-preseason-lottery-will-be-delayed.htm

Visitor Fatality in Yosemite National Park

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sunday February 24, 2019, a park visitor was killed in an incident on the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park. Xuan Wang, 56, from Cupertino, California was hiking on the trail when she was struck by falling rock and ice and she succumbed to her injuries soon thereafter. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/visitor-fatality-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Impacted By Recent Winter Storms

Multiple park facilities, housing units, and the park’s ski area have been significantly impacted by the significant snowfall the park received earlier this week. Yosemite Valley received approximately 18 to 24 inches of snow due to storms Monday through Wednesday. Yosemite’s high country saw several feet of new snow. The large snowfall amount caused several trees to topple, power outages, roads to temporarily close, damage to park campgrounds, and the temporary closure of the park’s ski area. No injuries occurred during the storm, and park personnel worked long hours to clear roads, ensure employee and visitor safety, and keep utility and other systems operating during the significant winter storms. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-impacted-by-recent-winter-storms.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Temporary Road Closures and Delays Possible Due to Incoming Winter Storm Systems

Temporary road closures and delays may be possible over the next several days along Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West), Wawona Road (Highway 41), and El Portal Road (Highway 140) inside Yosemite National Park. An incoming winter storm system could impact roadways inside the park due to heavy precipitation and snow at higher elevations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-temporary-road-closures-and-delays-possible-due-to-incoming-winter-storm-systems.htm

Access to Yosemite National Park will be Limited Along the Highway 41 Corridor Due to the Lapse in Federal Appropriations

Yosemite National Park remains open, however there will be limited access to the park along the Highway 41 corridor from the South Entrance to the Badger Pass Road during the hours of highest visitation due to continuing issues with human waste and resource damage.  https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/access-to-yosemite-national-park-will-be-limited-along-the-highway-41-corridor-due-to-the-lapse-in-federal-appropriations.htm

Visitor Services are Limited Inside Yosemite National Park Due to the Lapse in Federal Appropriations

Yosemite National Park is open, however visitor services are limited due to the lapse in federal appropriations. During the government shutdown, national parks are working to remain as open and accessible to the American people as possible.   https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/visitor-services-are-limited-inside-yosemite-national-park-due-to-the-lapse-in-federal-appropriations.htm

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

The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the winter season. There have been several storm systems that have moved through the park over the past two weeks. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-and-glacier-point-roads-in-yosemite-national-park-close-for-the-winter-season.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Replace Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Complex Environmental Assessment

Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Replace Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Complex Environmental Assessment (EA). The public comment period for the EA is open until December 20, 2018. The EA describes and analyzes one action alternative to improve visitor experience, address deferred maintenance, improve safety, and increase operational efficiency at the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Complex. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-the-release-of-the-replace-big-oak-flat-welcome-center-complex-environmental-assessment.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Winter Operations in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to Begin on Friday, November 30, 2018

Yosemite National Park Announces winter operations in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to begin on Friday, November 30, 2018. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-winter-operations-in-the-mariposa-grove-of-giant-sequoias-to-begin-on-friday-november-30-2018.htm

Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park will Close Beginning at 6:00 pm Tuesday, November 20, 2018 due to Incoming Winter Weather

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 road will reopen as weather and road conditions permit. This is not necessarily a seasonal closure. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-and-glacier-point-roads-in-yosemite-national-park-will-close-beginning-at-6-00-pm-tuesday-november-20-2018-due-to-incoming-winter-weather.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Wawona Wastewater Treatment System Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment

Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Wawona Wastewater Treatment System Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment (EA). The public comment period for the EA is open until December 9, 2018. This EA describes and analyzes two action alternatives to address deferred maintenance, improve visitor experience, and improve the operational efficiency of the Wawona Wastewater Treatment System. The preferred alternative (Alternative 2) would: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-the-release-of-the-wawona-wastewater-treatment-system-rehabilitation-project-environmental-assessment.htm

Recovery Operation Completed for Two Visitors who Fell from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park

The recovery operation for a male and female visitor who died in an apparent fall from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park was completed on the afternoon of Thursday, October 25, 2018. The two people fell approximately 800 feet below Taft Point in an area with very steep terrain. This recovery operation involved Park Rangers using technical climbing and rappelling techniques, in addition to helicopter support from the California Highway Patrol for a short-haul operation.  https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/recovery-operation-completed-for-two-visitors-who-fell-from-taft-point-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Two Visitors Fall from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park

A male and female visitor died in an apparent fall from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park Rangers are recovering the bodies this morning. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/two-visitors-fall-from-taft-point-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates the 9th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards

Yosemite National Park is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the park’s Volunteer of the Year awards. These prestigious awards are bestowed annually to outstanding volunteers in nine different categories for exemplary service to Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-celebrates-the-9th-annual-volunteer-of-the-year-awards.htm

Yosemite National Park Hosts 18th Annual Hydroclimate Meeting in Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park is proud to host the 18th annual Hydroclimate Meeting in Yosemite Valley, on Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12, 2018. This event is a two-day meeting where scientists conducting research in the Sierra Nevada work to share information gained on a variety of topics, including hydrology, ecological restoration, fire, and more. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-hosts-18th-annual-hydroclimate-meeting-in-yosemite-valley-this-free-event-is-open-to-all-beginning-at-9-00-am-october-11-and-12-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Host Award Ceremony and Art Exhibition on Saturday, October 5, 2018

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery are proud to honor the winners of the 2018 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography, and Poetry Contest at a special award ceremony beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 5, 2018 in front of The Ansel Adams Gallery. Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery would like to thank Yosemite Conservancy for their generous support of this special program and our local students. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-the-ansel-adams-gallery-to-host-award-ceremony-and-art-exhibition-on-saturday-october-5-2018.htm

15th Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the 15th Annual Yosemite Facelift, an event held each fall to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/15th-annual-facelift-to-be-held-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Glacier Point Road to Reopen to All Vehicles

Yosemite National Park announces that Glacier Point Road will reopen to all vehicles at 8:00 am on Thursday, August 30, 2018. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-glacier-point-road-to-reopen-to-all-vehicles.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Sponsor 8th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest

Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery announce the eighth annual Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest. The Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest celebrate the creativity of youth in Yosemite’s gateway communities. Winning Artwork will be Featured in Ansel Adams Gallery. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-the-ansel-adams-gallery-to-sponsor-8th-annual-gateway-expressions-student-art-and-poetry-contest.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Temporary Closure of El Portal Road (Highway 140)

Yosemite National Park announces that there will be a temporary closure on the El Portal Road (Highway 140) inside Yosemite National Park from the Parkline in El Portal to the El Portal Road/Big Oak Flat Road Junction (Highway 140/Highway 120 junction). This closure will be in effect between 8:00 am and 4:00 pmFriday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26, 2018. Visitors will have access to drive through the work zone from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm each day. The closure may not be in effect on Sunday pending the completion of the work. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-temporary-closure-of-el-portal-road-highway-140.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Wawona Road (Highway 41) will Reopen Between Wawona and Yosemite Valley on Friday, August 24, 2018

Yosemite National Park announces that the Wawona Road (Highway 41) inside Yosemite National Park will reopen to all vehicles between Wawona and Yosemite Valley at 8:00 am on Friday, August 24, 2018. There will be full access to Yosemite Valley via the Wawona Road. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the Wawona area remain open. The Glacier Point Road remains closed and is expected to reopen within the next two weeks. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-wawona-road-highway-41-will-reopen-between-wawona-and-yosemite-valley-on-friday-august-24-2018.htm

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

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 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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-valley-to-reopen-to-visitors-on-tuesday-august-14th-at-9-00-a-m.htm

Yosemite Valley and other Sections of the Park Remain Closed Indefinitely Due to Impacts from the Ferguson Fire

Due to increased fire activity in the areas adjacent to and on Yosemite National Park, park administrators and fire managers have made the decision to extend the current park closures indefinitely. Fire managers are continuously assessing conditions in the area and will work directly with and will immediately advise park managers as conditions change and it becomes safe to reopen. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-valley-and-other-sections-of-the-park-remain-closed-indefinitely-due-to-impacts-from-the-ferguson-fire.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces an Evacuation has been Issued for Employees and Residents in Yosemite Valley Due to Firefighters Working Along the Roadways and Road Hazards

An evacuation has been issued for employees and residents inside Yosemite Valley due to limited road access to and from Yosemite Valley. This is due to firefighters working along the roadways and multiple hazards along El Portal Road, Big Oak Flat Road, and Wawona Road. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-an-evacuation-has-been-issued-for-employees-and-residents-in-yosemite-valley-due-to-firefighters-working-along-the-roadways-and-road-hazards.htm

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

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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/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.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Yosemite Valley to Reopen at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018

Yosemite National Park announces Yosemite Valley will reopen to all visitors at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018. Limited visitor services will be available inside Yosemite Valley, including campgrounds, lodging, and food service operations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-yosemite-valley-to-reopen-at-400-pm-on-friday-august-3-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Additional Temporary Closures

Yosemite National Park announces Yosemite Valley and Wawona will close at Noon tomorrow, July 25, 2018, to all visitors due to the ongoing impacts of the Ferguson Fire. These closures include all hotels, campgrounds, and visitor services in Yosemite Valley and Wawona. Park visitors currently staying in park campgrounds and lodging facilities are asked to be out of these areas by Noon tomorrow. With the ongoing closure of Highway 140, park visitors can exit the park via Highways 120 and 41. The temporary closure is expected to last until Sunday, July 29, 2018. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is closed.  https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-additional-temporary-closures.htm

Highway 140 Closed from Midpines to Yosemite National Park

Highway 140 from Midpines to El Portal is closed due to a wildfire on the Sierra National Forest near El Portal that started on the evening of Friday, July 13, 2018. Highway 140 is currently closed just east of the Yosemite Bug Hostel to just west of Cedar Lodge in El Portal. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/highway-140-closed-from-midpines-to-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Employees Receive Department of the Interior Valor Award

Three Yosemite National Park employees were honored on July 4th by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at the 73rd Honor Award Convocation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Park Ranger Jesse McGahey, Park Ranger Philip N. Johnson, and Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Bliss received the Valor Award of the Department of the Interior for heroic actions, courage, and professionalism exhibited in the line of duty. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-employees-receive-department-of-the-interior-valor-award.htm

Yosemite National Park Offers Electronic Park Entrance Passes Beginning on June 21, 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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-offers-electronic-park-entrance-passes-beginning-on-june-21-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy Celebrate the Reopening of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias After the Largest Restoration Project in Park History

Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Conservancy and public officials today 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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-yosemite-conservancy-celebrate-the-reopening-of-the-mariposa-grove-of-giant-sequoias-after-the-largest-restoration-project-in-park-history.htm

Yosemite National Park Identifies Climbers Who Fell from El Capitan

Yosemite National Park identifies the two climbers who fell from the Free Blast route on El Capitan as Jason Wells, age 46, of Boulder, Colorado and Tim Klein, age 42, from Palmdale, California. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-identifies-climbers-who-fell-from-el-capitan.htm

Two Climbers Fall from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

Two climbers fell while climbing the Freeblast Route on El Capitan inside Yosemite National Park this morning at approximately 8:15 am. Park Rangers received multiple 911 calls reporting the incident and Yosemite Park Rangers and Search and Rescue staff responded to El Capitan. The climbers did not survive the fall. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/two-climbers-fall-from-el-capitan-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park’s Andrew Davenport Wins Prestigious Aviation Award

Yosemite National Park congratulates Assistant Helitack Foreman Andrew “Boots” Davenport as the 2018 winner of the National Park Service Wright Brothers National Aviation Safety Award. This is a rare National Park Service award given annually to aviation specialists who exemplify excellence in the field of aviation safety. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-s-andrew-davenport-wins-prestigious-aviation-award.htm

Yosemite National Park Anticipates Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day weekend. The park expects high visitation, especially from Friday, May 25, 2018 through Monday, May 28, 2018. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at Yosemite before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm. Once in the park, visitors are urged to park their vehicles at the Yosemite Village, Yosemite Falls, or Half Dome Village parking areas and enjoy Yosemite Valley by using the free shuttle bus service, bike paths, and hiking trails. Parking in Yosemite Valley is limited and parking is expected to fill early. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-anticipates-extremely-busy-memorial-day-weekend-2018.htm

Hiker Falls from Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park

A hiker fell from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:30 pm. The male hiker was on the Half Dome cables hiking with another person during thunder storm activity. Park Rangers were notified that a hiker had slipped and fell off the Half Dome cables. Rangers arrived on the scene and provided assistance to the second hiker. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hiker-falls-from-half-dome-cables-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces that Tioga Road Will Open for the Season on Monday, May 21, 2018

Yosemite National Park Announces that Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) will open for the season to all vehicular traffic on Monday, May 21, 2018. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-that-tioga-road-will-open-for-the-season-on-monday-may-21-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Bus Parking Reservations for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-bus-parking-reservations-for-the-mariposa-grove-of-giant-sequoias.htm

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will be in Place for Visitors on May 11, 2018 Daily lottery for permits will open Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will be in place for visitor use this Friday, May 11, 2018. The trail will be wet and icy in places and visitors planning to ascend Half Dome are encouraged to be prepared for wet and cool hiking conditions. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/half-dome-cables-in-yosemite-national-park-will-be-in-place-for-visitors-on-may-11-2018-daily-lottery-for-permits-will-open-wednesday-may-9-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park Adopts Two Wild Mustangs

Yosemite National Park has adopted two mustangs that were trained in the Sacramento Sheriff's Wild Horse Program to assist Park Rangers perform a variety of duties. The six year old geldings, Drifter and Sandman, arrived in the park in early April after four months of training by inmates at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, CA. The horses will join the approximately one hundred horses and mules that the park has and will be integrated into park operations such as traffic management, search and rescue, and the Mounted Patrol. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-adopts-two-wild-mustangs.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Opening of Public Scoping for the Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station and Emergency Services Facilities Project

Yosemite National Park announces the opening of public scoping for the Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station and Emergency Services Facilities Project. This project will replace an aging contact station and restroom facility located near the Big Oak Flat Entrance to Yosemite National Park. The park is soliciting public comments through June 4, 2018. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-the-opening-of-public-scoping-for-the-big-oak-flat-visitor-contact-station-and-emergency-services-facilities-project.htm

Tourism to Yosemite National Park creates $589,343,700 in Economic Benefits

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4,336,889 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2017 spent $451,782,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 6,666 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $589,343,700. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tourism-to-yosemite-national-park-creates-589-343-700-in-economic-benefits.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Yosemite National Park announces the Glacier Point Road will open to all vehicular traffic at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 28, 2018. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/glacier-point-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-on-saturday-april-28-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park Launches Pilot Program to Address Traffic Congestion

Yosemite National Park is launching a pilot program to address traffic congestion. The program will be tested on the Highway 140 corridor onThursday, April 26 to Sunday, April 29 and on Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6, 2018. This pilot is an initiative to test a new way to pace and send vehicles to the Arch Rock Entrance Station, improving visitor safety and access while enhancing the overall visitor experience on busy traffic days. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-launches-pilot-program-to-address-traffic-congestion.htm

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 21, 2018

Yosemite National Park will be hosting an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in front of the Valley Visitor Center. All activities are free for all ages and entrance to the park is free on Saturday. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-celebrate-earth-day-on-saturday-april-21-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park Changes Entrance Fee to Address Infrastructure Needs & Improve Visitor Experience

The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that Yosemite National Park will modify its entrance fees beginning June 2018 to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs that enhance the visitor experience. Effective June 2018 the park entrance fee will be $35 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. An annual park pass will cost $70. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-changes-entrance-fee-to-address-infrastructure-needs-improve-visitor-experience.htm

Yosemite Valley to open at 12:00 Noon Today, April 8, 2018

Yosemite Valley will open to all vehicles and visitors at 12:00 noon today. Yosemite Valley has been closed to the public since Friday due to anticipated impacts to roads and infrastructure from high water. Water levels in the Merced River crested at 13.73 feet at Pohono Bridge, which is approximately 4 feet over flood stage. Park roads were 2 to 4 feet underwater Saturday afternoon through late Saturday night. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-valley-to-open-at-12-00-noon-today-april-8-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park Experienced Significant Impacts from Storm

Yosemite Valley anticipates opening Sunday, April 8 at noon pending assessments https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-experienced-significant-impacts-from-storm.htm

Yosemite National Park Expects Significant Impacts from Incoming Storm

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. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-expects-significant-impacts-from-incoming-storm-april-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park Expects Significant Impacts from Incoming Storm

Yosemite National Park expects significant impacts from a storm coming in from the Pacific. Storm activity is expected to impact Yosemite National Park and the surrounding area on Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8, 2018. Park roadways, campgrounds, and other facilities may be impacted. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-expects-significant-impacts-from-incoming-storm.htm

NatureBridge Summer Backpacking Program for Teens in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, leads life-changing backpacking programs for high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer. These one-week and two-week programs offer the perfect mix of backpacking, science, and adventure and give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in two of the most iconic national parks in the country. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridge-summer-backpacking-program-for-teens-in-yosemite-and-olympic-national-parks-builds-future-scientists-and-leaders.htm

Yosemite Conservancy Provides $12.5 Million to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Conservancy is providing $12.5 million in support to Yosemite National Park to improve the Bridalveil Fall visitor experience, rebuild a section of the trail around Tenaya Lake and collect data using 3-D aerial mapping to improve resource management parkwide, among 36 projects funded in 2018. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-conservancy-provides-12-5-million-to-yosemite-national-park.htm

El Portal Road (Highway 140) Inside Yosemite National Park Will Reopen at 10:00 am Today

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) inside Yosemite National Park will Reopen at 10:00 am today to all vehicular traffic. The road was closed overnight due to rocks, dirt, and debris that had fallen into the road due to heavy precipitation.   https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-highway-140-inside-yosemite-national-park-will-reopen-at-10-00-am-today.htm

El Portal Road (Highway 140) Inside Yosemite National Park is Closed Due to Rockfall

El Portal Road (Highway 140) inside Yosemite National Park is closed at Parkline and the El Portal Road/Big Oak Flat Road Junction due to a rockfall. Heavy precipitation has caused rocks, dirt and debris, to fall in the roadway approximately 1/4 mile east of the park boundary in El Portal. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-highway-140-inside-yosemite-national-park-is-closed-due-to-rockfall.htm

Missing Hiker Found Safe In Yosemite National Park

Alan Chow, the hiker missing in Yosemite National Park since Tuesday, February 20, has been found safe today. Chow, who was backpacking alone, was spotted from a National Park Service helicopter around Noon today above Wapama Fall in the Hetch Hetchy area after an extensive search the past several days. . He was transported to the Hetch Hetchy Ranger Station where he is doing well. Chow sustained minor injuries and has been reunited with family members https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/missing-hiker-found-safe-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Opening Date for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Yosemite National Park announces that the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public at 9:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2018. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-the-opening-date-for-the-mariposa-grove-of-giant-sequoias.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment

Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (Bridalveil Fall EA). The public comment period for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment is currently open and will be open until March 14, 2018. Yosemite National Park initiated public scoping and tribal and agency consultation for this project in spring 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-release-of-the-bridalveil-fall-rehabilitation-environmental-assessment.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Pilot Program for Horsetail Fall Event February 12-26, 2018

Yosemite National Park announces a new program for the Horsetail Fall event taking place from February 12-26, 2018. This program has been created to improve the overall visitor experience to view the natural Horsetail Fall phenomenon that occurs each year in mid-February when the sun’s light at sunset causes the waterfall on El Capitan to glow like it is on fire. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-pilot-program-for-horsetail-fall-event-february-12-26-2018.htm

Yosemite National Park’s Michael Pieper wins Prestigious Award

Yosemite National Park announces Michael Pieper as the 2016 Recipient of the NPS Pacific West Regional Director’s Award for Natural Resource Stewardship through Maintenance. Michael is a Civil Engineer in Yosemite National Park and he has been recognized as an exemplary employee for his commitment to natural resource protection while working on a wide variety of maintenance projects in Yosemite National Park, including the restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-parks-michael-pieper-wins-prestigious-award.htm

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

The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season, due to hazardous driving conditions. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-and-glacier-point-roads-closed-for-the-season-in-yosemite-national-park-2017.htm

Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Gerardo Cruz Hernandez

Cruz Hernandez, from Santa Barbara, California, who was last reported at Glacier Point on November 22, 2017. When he was reported missing, Park Rangers, with the aid of search dogs and a CHP helicopter, launched an extensive search looking for him. The search has been ongoing. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gerardoremains.htm

Yosemite National Park is Now Recruiting for Summer Seasonal Positions

Yosemite National Park has approximately 300 seasonal job openings for the summer of 2018. There are positions open in all areas of the park. In addition to Yosemite, there are seasonal jobs opportunities at many of the over 400 National Park Service units across the country. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/seasonaljobs2018.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Celebrate the Winners of the 2017 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery will celebrate the winners of the 2017 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest from 11 am to noon on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The celebration reception will take place in front of The Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Village. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gatewayexpressionswin17.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day Weekend

Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 2017. This fee free weekend is offered to all park visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/veteransday17.htm

Yosemite National Park to Close Glacier Point Road and Tioga Road at 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 2, 2017

Yosemite National Park will close the Glacier Point Road and Tioga Road to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 2, 2017 due to incoming winter storms. This closure will remain in effect through the weekend and road conditions will be assessed on Monday, November 6, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-close-glacier-point-road-and-tioga-road-at-5-00-pm-on-thursday-november-2-2017.htm

Yosemite National Park Expands the Park’s Museum Web Catalog

Yosemite National Park has expanded and improved the Yosemite Museum’s Web Catalog to enhance the public’s ability to experience a wide variety of historically significant items. Visitors are invited to explore more than 2,000 catalog records for objects and images from the Yosemite Museum collection. These records include American Indian basketry, historic objects related to John Muir, and photographs taken by Carleton Watkins and George Fiske. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/museumweb.htm

National Park Service Proposes Targeted Fee Increases at Parks to Address Maintenance Backlog

As part of its commitment to improve the visitor experience and ensure America’s national parks are protected in perpetuity, the National Park Service (NPS) is considering increases to fees at highly visited national parks during peak visitor seasons. Proposed peak season entrance fees and revised fees for road-based commercial tours would generate badly needed revenue for improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks. This includes roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/national-park-service-proposes-targeted-fee-increases-at-parks-to-address-maintenance-backlog.htm

Yosemite National Park Implements Road and Campground Improvements

On Northside Drive, work is being done to repave the road and add curbing for safety and resource protection. Work is also being done to realign portions of the road and do some sewer and utility work. The work on this portion of the road is in addition to work completed earlier this year which included a total redesign of the Yosemite Village Parking Area (formerly known as Camp 6), installation of a roundabout, and the repaving of the road from Stoneman Bridge to Yosemite Village. The total cost of the roadwork is approximately $14 million, coming from Federal Highway Administration, and the Recreational Fee Program. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-implements-road-and-campground-improvements.htm

Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Alexander Sevier

Yosemite National Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Alexander Joseph Sevier, a visitor who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on May 3, 2017. Sevier, a member of the U.S. Navy was staying in Housekeeping Camp and was witnessed going out on day hikes each day during his visit. When he was reported missing, Park Rangers, with the aid of search dogs and a CHP helicopter, launched an extensive search looking for him. The search has been ongoing. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-identifies-remains-of-alexander-sevier.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates the 8th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards

Yosemite National Park is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the park’s Volunteer of the Year awards. These prestigious awards are bestowed annually to outstanding volunteers in nine different categories for exemplary service in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-celebrates-the-8th-annual-volunteer-of-the-year-awards.htm

Another Rockfall in Yosemite National Park

Another rockfall occurred on the Southeast face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park this afternoon at 3:21 p.m. The rockfall is significantly larger than yesterday's rockfalls. Geologists are assessing the size and weight of the rockfall and these estimates are forthcoming. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/another-rockfall-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Additional Information about Rockfall in Yosemite National Park

A series of rockfalls occurred yesterday afternoon from the Southeast face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Seven rockfalls occurred over a four-hour time span, with the initial rockfall happening at 1:52 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/additional-information-on-rockfall-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Rockfall in Yosemite National Park

A rockfall of undetermined size occurred in Yosemite National Park this afternoon at about 1:55 p.m. this afternoon. The rockfall was reported to have happened from El Capitan, a granite monolith above Yosemite Valley. The release point appears to be near the "Waterfall Route", a popular climbing route on the East Buttress of El Capitan. This is the area where Horsetail Fall flows in winter and spring conditions. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/rockfall-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Sponsor 7th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest

Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery announce the seventh annual Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest. The Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest celebrate the creativity of youth in Yosemite’s gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park, including the communities of Bass Lake, Groveland, Chawanakee, Mammoth, Bishop, Mariposa, Oakhurst, and Sonora, California. Students should submit artwork, photographs and poetry no later than Friday, October 13, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gatewayexpressions17.htm

14th Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park

Extensive Parkwide Clean-Up Event to Occur September 27 – October 1, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/14th-annual-facelift-to-be-held-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Adds Two New Shuttle Buses to Serve Park Visitors

Yosemite National Park has added two new shuttle buses to the park's fleet that serve over 3.7 million visitors each year. With the addition of these two new diesel-electric hybrid buses, Yosemite National Park operates 27 shuttle buses that serve visitors in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, and Glacier Point.  https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-adds-two-new-shuttle-buses-to-serve-park-visitors.htm

Yosemite National Park Remains Open

Yosemite National Park remains open with all hotels, lodges, stores and campgrounds that have opened for the season are fully open and operational. All entrances to Yosemite National Park are open. Visitors can get to Yosemite Valley via Highway 140 from Mariposa, Highway 41 from Fresno, Highway 120 West from Groveland, and Highway 120 East from Lee Vining and US Route 395. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-remains-open.htm

Limited Number of Day Parking Reservations Still Available for Yosemite Valley

There are a limited number of day parking reservations still available for visitors planning a trip to Yosemite Valley on weekends this August. Securing a free day parking reservation in Yosemite Valley will greatly enhance a visitor’s experience during weekends in August, the park’s busiest month. These reservations are free (with a $1.50 service fee per reservation) and can be booked online (www.recreation.gov) or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/limited-number-of-day-parking-reservations-still-available-for-yosemite-valley.htm

Park Ranger Sharon Miyako Receives Prestigious Award at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is proud to announce that Park Ranger Sharon Miyako is the recipient of the 2016 Barry Hance Memorial Award. This ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/park-ranger-sharon-miyako-receives-prestigious-award-at.htm

Yosemite National Park Expects Busy Fourth of July Weekend

Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend. The park expects high visitation, especially from Thursday, June 29, 2017 until Wednesday, July 5, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/2017-yosemite-expects-busy-4th-of-july-weekend.htm

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Open to All Vehicular Traffic Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park (Highway 120 through the park) will open for the season to all vehicular traffic beginning at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 29, 2017. There will be limited visitor services available from the Tioga Pass Entrance Station to Crane Flat. Tioga Road will open for bicycle and pedestrian users at 8:00 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-road-open-to-all-vehicular-traffic-june-29-2017.htm

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Remains Closed

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park (Highway 120 through the park) remains closed to all vehicular traffic, including bicycles. Park staff and partners continue to conduct necessary repairs to power, communications, water, and sewer systems along the Tioga Road following a record-breaking year for winter snowpack. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-road-in-yosemite-national-park-remains-closed.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Pilot Day Use Parking Reservation Program

Yosemite National Park announces the second phase of a multi-year pilot program where visitors will be able to reserve a limited number of parking spaces at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area, located directly west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and south of Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley, for four weekends, including Saturdays and Sundays, in August 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/parkingreservations17.htm

El Portal Road (Highway 140) and Arch Rock Entrance Reopen in Yosemite National Park

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite Valley is scheduled to reopen to all traffic on Sunday, June 18 at 6:00 am. The first two miles of the El Portal Road from the park boundary is signed as a no-stopping zone. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-highway-140-and-arch-rock-entrance-reopen-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

El Portal Road in Yosemite National Park Remains Closed

The El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance into Yosemite National Park remain closed due to a rockslide that occurred yesterday around Noon. Yosemite National Park staff are assessing the area and the road will remain closed at least through the weekend of June 17-18, 2017. After the assessment is complete, crews will begin to remove rock debris and repair the road to make it safe for visitors to travel on. There is no estimate for when the road will reopen. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-in-yosemite-national-park-remains-closed.htm

Rockfall Closes El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance (Highway 140) Entrance to Yosemite National Park

A rockfall reported today around Noon has closed the El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance in Yosemite National Park. The rockfall was reported inside the park boundary about two miles east of the park line in El Portal. There are no injuries or damage to traveling vehicles reported. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/epclosedjune.htm

Night Closure to Take Place on Big Oak Flat Road Inside Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park will close the Big Oak Flat Road to all vehicular traffic, from Crane Flat to Foresta, in order to finish repairs and repave the road. This closure will be in place from 11:00 pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017 to 5:00 am on Monday, June 5, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/night-closure-to-take-place-on-big-oak-flat-road-inside-yosemite-national-park.htm

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will be in Place for Visitors on June 2, 2017

The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will be in place for visitor use this Friday, June 2, 2017. The trail will be wet and icy in places and visitors planning to ascend Half Dome are encouraged to be prepared for winter hiking conditions. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/half-dome-cables-in-yosemite-national-park-will-be-in-place-for-visitors-on-june-2-2017.htm

Yosemite National Park Anticipates Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day weekend. The park expects high visitation, especially from Friday, May 26, 2017 until Monday, May 29, 2017. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at Yosemite before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm. Once in the park, visitors are urged to park their vehicles at the Yosemite Village, Yosemite Falls, or Half Dome Village parking areas and enjoy Yosemite Valley by using the free shuttle bus service, bike paths, and hiking trails. Parking in Yosemite Valley is limited and parking is expected to fill early. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-anticipates-extremely-busy-memorial-day-weekend-2017.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces One Night Closure on Big Oak Flat Road

Yosemite National Park will close the Big Oak Flat Road to all vehicular traffic from 9:00 pm on Monday, May 15, 2017 to 5:00 am on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-one-night-closure-on-big-oak-flat-road.htm

Yosemite National Park to Increase Half Dome Permit Fees

Yosemite National Park will increase the permit fees for ascending Half Dome to a $10 application fee and a $10 permit fee. These fee increases will take effect when weather and snow conditions allow the Half Dome cables to be installed, at the end of May or early June 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hdincrease.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Thursday, May 11, 2017

Yosemite National Park will open the Glacier Point Road to all vehicular traffic at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 11, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gpopening2017.htm

Yosemite National Park Continues Search For Missing Person

Yosemite National Park Rangers continue to search for Alexander Joseph Sevier, who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday morning, May 3rd. Sevier, an active member of the U.S Navy, traveled to Yosemite alone, and arrived in the park on Monday, May 1. He was staying at Housekeeping Camp and neighbors in the camp told Park Rangers that Sevier would go out for day hikes each day. He would hike alone each day, and return to Housekeeping Camp in the evening. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/missing-sevier.htm

Law Day Yosemite 2017 Adresses the Japanese Internment During World War II

The Fifth Annual Law Day Yosemite will be held this year from 10:00 AM until Noon, Friday, April 28, 2017, at Half Dome Village (formerly known as Curry village) in Yosemite Valley. It is open to the public. Entrance fees will be waived for attendees. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/lawday2017.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Re-Opening of Big Oak Flat Road

Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that the Big Oak Flat road will reopen to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 am on Monday, May 1, 2017. Visitors entering the park via Highway 120 West will once again be able to drive via Big Oak Flat road to Yosemite Valley. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-re-opening-of-big-oak-flat-road.htm

Yosemite National Park Opens Public Scoping Period for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment

Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that the public scoping comment period for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment will be open fromWednesday, April 26, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bridalveilea.htm

Tourism to Yosemite National Park Creates $686,339,500 in Economic Benefits

A new National Park Service report shows that 5,028,868 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2016 spent $520,629,100 in communities near the park. That spending supported 7883 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $686,339,500. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tourism-to-yosemite-national-parkcreates-686339500-in-economic-benefits.htm

Yosemite National Park Continues to Repair Big Oak Flat Road

Yosemite National Park reports that progress continues to be made on repairs to the Big Oak Flat road. In early April, road crews dug down 65 feet to the bottom of an underground spring that caused soils to erode. The slope has been stabilized and soil and rock have been brought into the park to rebuild the roadbed. As of today, the roadbed has been built up 26 feet, which is about half way to the surface of the road. The park pledges to announce an opening date for the Big Oak Flat road as soon as it becomes available. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-continues-to-repair-big-oak-flat-road-418.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on the Weekends of National Park Week

Yosemite National Park will waive park entrance fees on the weekends of National Park Week, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 – 16 and April 22-23, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-waive-entrance-fees-on-the-weekends-of-national-park-week.htm

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 2017

Visitors are invited to join the park’s celebration for Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, Park Rx Day, and National Park Week. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-celebrate-earth-day-saturday-april-22-2017.htm

Yosemite National Park Continues to Repair Big Oak Flat Road

Yosemite National Park reports that significant progress has been made on repairs to the Big Oak Flat road. Road crews have hit the bottom of an underground spring that caused soils to erode, and are working to stabilize and rebuild the road. The park pledges to announce an opening date for the Big Oak Flat road as soon as it becomes available. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-continues-to-repair-big-oak-flat-road.htm

Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy Launch New Website to Protect Bears with First-Ever Online Bear Tracker

Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy today announced the launch of KeepBearsWild.org, a new website to protect the park’s iconic black bears. The website features the National Park Service’s first online bear tracker, information on ways for the public to help save bears, and eye-opening photography and videos not before available to the public. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-yosemite-conservancy-launch-new-website-to-protect-bears-with-first-ever-online-bear-tracker.htm

Yosemite National Park Continues to Repair Big Oak Flat Road

Yosemite National Park continues to repair the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe winter storms that have given new life to an underground spring caused saturated, heavy soils under the road to slide downhill. Over 200 feet of roadway has been impacted. As a result of the slide, the Big Oak Flat road from Crane Flat to Foresta Junction has been unsafe for vehicular travel and closed for repairs since late February. There is no estimated date for the road to reopen. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bofrepairescontinue.htm

Yosemite Conservancy Provides $12 Million to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Conservancy is providing $12 million in support to Yosemite National Park for 34 projects in 2017 including building a new trail to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias along a historic stage-coach route, restoring bee, butterfly and hummingbird habitat, and studying species in Ackerson Meadow, the newest area of the park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yc2017.htm

Yosemite National Park Continues Work to Repair Big Oak Flat Road

Yosemite National Park continues work to repair the Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 ) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe winter storms have impacted the road and it has been unsafe for vehicular travel since late February. The park is working with Federal Highway Administration officials and contractors to completely assess the situation and design and implement repair work. There is no estimated date for the road to reopen. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-continues-work-to-repair-big-oak-flat-road.htm

NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — March 9, 2017 — NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in one of the most iconic national parks in the country. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridge-summer-teen-program-in-yosemite-national-park-builds-future-scientists-and-leaders-2017.htm

Woman Struck By Falling Tree Dies in Yosemite National Park

A woman was struck and killed by a falling tree in Yosemite National Park on Sunday morning March 5, 2017,  The tragic accident occurred in Half Dome Village, in Yosemite Valley, at around 10:00 a.m. yesterday morning, amid heavy snow and high winds. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/treefallincident.htm

Yosemite National Park Working to Repair Big Oak Flat Road

Yosemite National Park is moving forward with repairs to the damaged Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe storms have impacted the road and it continues to be unsafe for vehicular travel, and has been closed since late February. The Federal Highways Administration has selected a contractor to repair the road. Work is expected to begin next week. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bofrepairs.htm

Vehicular Access to Yosemite Valley Remains Available Only via Highway 140

Vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is currently available only via to Highway 140 (El Portal Road). The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) remains closed within the park between Crane Flat and Foresta due to storm damage. Highway 41 just south of the park entrance in Fish Camp, CA is closed, also due to recent storm damage. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/vehicular-access-to-yosemite-valley-remains-available-only-via-highway-140.htm

Vehicular Access to Yosemite Valley Available Only via Highway 140 Access via Highways 120 and 41 closed due to road damage

Vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is restricted to Highway 140 (El Portal Road) due to road damage in and around Yosemite National Park. The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) is closed within the park between Crane Flat and Foresta due to storm damage. Highway 41 just south of the park entrance in Fish Camp, CA is closed, also due to recent storm damage.   https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/roaddamage.htm

The Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) in Yosemite National Park will be Closed Daily from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am

The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park (Hwy 120) will be closed daily from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am between Crane Flat and Foresta due to storm-related road damage. These closures will remain in effect fromFriday, February 17, 2017 until at least Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Visitors entering Yosemite from the Big Oak Flat entrance will not have access to Yosemite Valley during the closure hours. Due to the condition of the road, it is not safe for nighttime vehicular travel. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bofclosure.htm

Visitors to Yosemite Encouraged to Delay Arrival on February 10, 2017

Visitors planning to visit Yosemite National Park on Friday, February 10, 2017, are encouraged to delay arrival until after 12:00 noon due to overnight storm activity. Storm systems coming through Yosemite National Park are expected to result in heavy rain. Water and debris may be washed into roadways. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/visitors-to-yosemite-encouraged-to-delay-arrival-on-february-9-2017.htm

The Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) in Yosemite National Park is Open

The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park (Hwy 120) has reopened to all vehicular traffic following a rockfall that occurred on Sunday morning, February 5, 2017. Visitors are urged to drive with caution along the road, as there is the possibility of more mud and debris entering the roadway. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bofreopens.htm

The Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) is Closed in Yosemite National Park Water and debris on El Portal Road (Hwy 140) and Wawona Road (Hwy 41)

The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park (Hwy 120) is currently closed from Crane Flat to Foresta due to a rockfall. On Sunday morning, February 5, 2017, debris and several boulders fell into the road. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via The Big Oak Flat Road. Park road crews have been working to clear the roadway. At this time, there is no estimated time that the road will reopen. There is also water and debris on both the El Portal Road (Hwy 140) and Wawona Road (Hwy 41). All visitors coming to Yosemite National Park are encouraged to drive with caution. Several storm systems will be moving through Yosemite National Park over the next several days. Temporary road closures may go into effect at any time for the safety of park visitors. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/the-big-oak-flat-road-hwy-120-is-closed-in-yosemite-national-park-water-and-debris-on-el-portal-road-hwy-140-and-wawona-road-hwy-41.htm

El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has Reopened

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has reopened to all vehicular traffic, with delays. The road is open one lane, with controlled traffic, and visitors are asked to not stop along the road en route to Yosemite Valley. The road may close again at any time in the event of hazardous driving conditions. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-highway-140-into-yosemite-national-park-has-reopened-117.htm

El Portal Road (Highway 140) and Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) Closed Due to Rockfall

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) and the Big Oak Flat Road (iIghway 120) are currently closed due to a series of rockfalls early this morning. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via Highways 140 and 120. The only vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is along the Wawona Road (Highway 41). Highway 140 is closed at the park line Highway 120 is closed at the Big Oak Flat Entrance due to heavy snowfall and dangerous driving conditions. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-highway-140-and-big-oak-flat-road-highway-120-closed-due-to-rockfall.htm

El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has Reopened

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has reopened to all vehicular traffic. The road is open and clear, yet visitors are asked to not stop along the road enroute to Yosemite Valley. The road may close again at any time in the event of hazardous driving conditions. The Hetch Hetchy Road has also reopened to all vehicular traffic. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/140reopens.htm

El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has Reopened

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has reopened to all traffic following a rockfall. The road is anticipated to stay open throughout the day. The road will close this evening at 6:00 p.m. to all vehicular traffic based on weather and rockfall concerns. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-highway-140-into-yosemite-national-park-has-reopened.htm

Yosemite Valley to Reopen to Visitors Tomorrow Morning,Tuesday, January 10, at 8:00 a.m.

Yosemite Valley will reopen for day-use visitors tomorrow morning, January 10, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the El Portal Road (Highway 140) due to a rockfall that occurred early this morning. There is no estimated day or time for the road to reopen. The Hetch Hetchy Road is also closed due to a rockfall. Visitors should be aware that there will be limited visitor services and plan accordingly. Overnight accommodations and commercial services operated by the park concessioner are slated to reopen on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Campgrounds in Yosemite Valley are slated to be open for tomorrow evening. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/valleyreopens.htm

All Roads Leading into Yosemite Valley to Close Today at 5:00 pm

All roads leading into Yosemite Valley will close today at 5:00 pm in anticipation of a significant winter storm moving into the region early tomorrow morning, Saturday, January 7, 2017. There will be no visitor services available throughout the storm. Visitors intending to visit Yosemite National Park are highly encouraged to monitor weather reports and check road conditions before departing. These closures are being implemented to ensure the safety of park visitors and employees during the coming storm. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/all-roads-leading-into-yosemite-valley-to-close-today-at-500-pm.htm

Yosemite National Park Expects Significant Precipitation Over the Next Several Days

Yosemite National Park is making preparations for visitor and employee safety in response to weather reports predicting significant precipitation, and possible flooding, over the next several days and through the weekend. The predictions for significant rainfall in Yosemite Valley, well above flood stage on the Merced River, could prompt the park to be closed in the next few days. People planning trips to the park, beginning tomorrow, Thursday January 5, 2017, should make alternate plans if the park does close. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-expects-significant-precipitation-over-the-next-several-days.htm

Yosemite National Park Reopens Roads to Yosemite Valley

All roads leading into Yosemite Valley have reopened. Additionally, campgrounds, lodging, restaurants, and facilities within Yosemite Valley are open and  fully operational. This reopening is possible because the Merced River crested below flood stage early this morning, resulting in no major damage to park roads or operations. All roads leading into Yosemite Valley were closed last evening at 5:00 p.m.due to a forecast of flood conditions with a strong storm coming into the Yosemite area. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/floodroadsopen.htm

Yosemite National Park Under Winter Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and flash flood watch for today, Thursday through Friday, December 15, 2016 for the Yosemite region. Flooding will occur on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Two to four inches of rain are forecasted today through Friday, with some areas receiving as much as six inches. Heavy snow is predicted for the Sierra Mountains with as much as six feet along the crest. Rainfall during this storm will raise water levels in the Merced River over 14’, several feet above flood stage at the Pohono River Gauge. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/floodwarning.htm

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

The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the last several weeks have resulted in snow accumulation throughout the park. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year.   https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-road-and-glacier-point-road-in-yosemite-national-park-are-closed-for-the-season.htm

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Reopen Today at Noon

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will reopen at Noon today to all vehicular traffic. The road has been closed due to recent storm activity in the Yosemite region. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tiogareopen.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public in honor of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, 2016. This fee free day is offered to all park visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-waive-entrance-fees-for-veterans-day-2016.htm

El Portal Road (Hwy 140) Within Yosemite National Park to Reopen

The El Portal Road (Hwy 140) within Yosemite National Park will reopen this evening to all vehicular traffic at 7:00 pm this evening. The road closed yesterday afternoon due to a rockfall, which resulted in several large boulders falling and landing on the road. There were no injuries associated with the rockfall. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-hwy-140-within-yosemite-national-park-to-reopen.htm

El Portal Road (Hwy 140) Closed Within Yosemite National Park

The El Portal Road (Hwy 140) is closed within Yosemite National Park due to a rockfall this afternoon. The closure is in place from the park line to the Cascades picnic area. Several large boulders on the road prohibit vehicular traffic. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-hwy-140-closed-within-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Closes Tioga Road

Current winter storm activity has created hazardous driving conditions along Tioga Road. Yosemite National Park has closed Tioga Road from from Crane Flat to Lee Vining. This closure will be in place until further notice. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-closes-tioga-road.htm

Yosemite National Park Closes Tioga Road

With several major storms expected in the Yosemite Area this weekend, Yosemite National Park is closing Tioga Road at 3:00 pm and Glacier Point Road at 5:00 pm, on Saturday October 29, 2016. This closure will be in place until further notice. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-close-tioga-and-glacier-point-roads.htm

Yosemite National Park to Host Wilderness Science Forum Presentations to be Held on the Science Techniques Used in Wilderness Planning

Yosemite National Park invites the public to participate in an event on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 to learn about scientific findings related to wilderness use and planning. The event will take place at the Garden Terrace room at Yosemite Valley Lodge from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Staff from the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will share and discuss a series of scientific studies that examined visitor capacity and stock use in wilderness areas. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wspforum.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Host Award Ceremony for the 2016 Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest on November 5, 2016

On November 5, 2016 Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery will honor the winners of the 2016 Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest, which closed in September 2016. The contest is a way for the park to celebrate the creativity of youth living in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gateway2016.htm

Yosemite National Park Signs Agreements with Three New International Sister Parks

Yosemite National Park signed three new sister park agreements on Thursday, September 29, 2016 with Cumbres de Monterrey National Park in Mexico, Blue Mountains National Park in Australia, and Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan. Park officials joined Yosemite Acting Superintendent Linda Mazzu to sign a formal agreement between each park and Yosemite, which cemented a formal relationship as the National Park Service enters a second century of service. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-signs-agreements-with-three-new-international-sister-parks.htm

Yosemite National Park Accepts Submissions to the 6th Annual Gateway Expression Student Art and Poetry Contest

Yosemite National Park hosts the 6th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. This annual event celebrates the creativity of local youth artists and poets living in the gateway communities bordering Yosemite National Park. This year’s contest features a special anniversary category in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-accepts-submissions-to-the-6th-annual-gateway-expression-student-art-and-poetry-contest.htm

Yosemite National Park, Sacramento Public Library, and REI Celebrate the NPS Centennial on Saturday, September 17, 2016

Park Rangers from Yosemite National Park will team up with Sacramento Public Library and the REI Village at the Belle Cooledge branch of the Sacramento Public Library on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. Park Rangers from Yosemite National Park and librarians will be on hand to lead talks, share books and tell stories about California’s national parks. At 11:45, cake and ice cream will be served. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-sacramento-public-library-and-rei-celebrate-the-nps-centennial-on-saturday-september-17-2016.htm

Yosemite National Park to Host Annual Facelift Event in Honor of National Public Lands Day

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the Yosemite Facelift, an annual event held to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-host-annual-facelift-event-in-honor-of-national-public-lands-day.htm

Ackerson Meadow Gifted to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park added Ackerson Meadow, 400 acres of critical wetlands and meadow habitat on the park's western boundary through a donation. The landmark addition was donated to the park through a cooperative effort between The Trust for Public Land, Yosemite Conservancy, and the National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ackersonaddition.htm

Yosemite National Park Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass

Yosemite National Park encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters. Visit www.EveryKidinaPark.gov to download the pass and obtain more information. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-launches-second-year-of-every-kid-in-a-park-pass.htm

Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area

Yosemite National Park will close a day use parking area in Yosemite Valley on the evening of Monday September 5, 2016 to improve parking and traffic circulation. The parking area, also known as the Village Day-Use Parking Area (south) or Camp 6, will reopen this winter. Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls parking area west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and at Half Dome Village. All overnight parking at campgrounds and lodging will remain open. All visitor facilities, including campgrounds, hotels, restaurants and stores will remain open and operational during construction. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-temporarily-close-day-use-parking-area.htm

National Park Service Selects National and State Park Concessions El Portal, LLC for El Portal Market Concession Contract

The National Park Service (NPS) has selected National and State Park Concessions El Portal, LLC for the concession contract to provide visitor services at the El Portal Market, located within the El Portal Administrative Site in Yosemite National Park. The 10-year contract is expected to begin on November 1, 2016, and will include grocery, retail sales, food and beverage, and related services at the El Portal Market. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/national-park-service-selects-national-and-state-park-concessions-el-portal-llc-for-el-portal-market-concession-contract.htm

Yosemite National Park Offers Free Admission August 25-28, 2016 In Honor of National Park Service Centennial Celebration

Yosemite National Park will celebrate the Centennial, 100 years of the National Park Service, on August 25, 2016. In honor of this historic milestone, park entrance fees will be waived Thursday August 25 through Sunday August 28, 2016. Camping fees and all other fees will still be applicable. The park will host many special Centennial programs throughout the park on August 25. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/centennialevents.htm

Yosemite National Park Expands American Sign Language Services

Yosemite National Park expands the American Sign Language (ASL) Program offered to Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The park's Deaf services program offers trip planning, park orientation at the visitor center, and interpretive services for Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The program also focuses on employee training in Deaf/disability awareness and outreach to the Deaf community. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-expands-american-sign-language-services.htm

Yosemite National Park to Conduct Workshops and Webinars on Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Yosemite National Park will host a series of workshops to engage the public in the formulation of alternatives for the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan. The workshops will focus on two of the more complex issues to be addressed in the Plan—visitor use and capacity and stock use. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wspconcepts.htm

Yosemite National Park Expects Busy Fourth of July Weekend

Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking. Fireworks are strictly prohibited in the park. Additionally, with the ongoing drought, conditions are extremely dry and visitors are asked to avoid campfires unless absolutely necessary. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-expects-busy-4th-of-july-weekend.htm

Visitor Advisory: Yosemite National Park Prepares for Extremely Busy Weekend and Anticipates Temporary Area Closures - Updated June 17, 2016

Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy weekend, as record visitation continues and the park prepares for President Obama’s historic visit to Yosemite June 17 - 19. The White House announced last week that the President and First Family will celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a family trip to Carlsbad Caverns and Yosemite National Parks. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-prepares-for-extremely-busy-weekend-and-anticipates-temporary-area-closures.htm

Yosemite National Park to Welcome Delegation from Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany

A delegation from Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany is visiting Yosemite National Park from June 19, 2016 to June 25, 2016. The purpose of the visit is for park managers from Berchtesgaden to exchange ideas and practices with Yosemite National Park managers and to further the Sister Park Arrangement. Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the leading parks in Europe currently working with other protected areas. Berchtesgaden is involved in cooperative efforts with the Carpathian and the Caucasus Mountain Ranges in Central and Eastern Europe. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-welcome-delegation-from-berchtesgaden-national-park-in-germany.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Pilot Program for Day-Use Parking Reservations

Yosemite National Park announces a pilot program where visitors will be able to reserve a guaranteed parking space on two upcoming weekends. Visitors to Yosemite National Park will be able to reserve a parking space in Yosemite Valley for the weekend of June 25-26 and July 2-4. 2016. The reserved parking program would benefit visitors by ensuring access to a parking space if they arrive before11:00 A.M. The parking area is located adjacent to shuttle bus stops that will encourage visitors to use the park’s alternative transportation system. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-pilot-program-for-day-use-parking-reservations.htm

California Red-Legged Frogs and Western Pond Turtles to be Restored in Yosemite National Park

The federally threatened California red-legged frog has not been seen in the Yosemite National Park in a half century. The Western pond turtle has been absent from Yosemite Valley for the same time period, but is still found in the park’s Hetch Hetchy area. Both species will be reintroduced to suitable lake, river or meadow habitats in Yosemite Valley starting in 2016. Over the next three years, the goal is to reintroduce 4,000 California red-legged frog tadpoles and 500 adult frogs. Over the next eight years, one hundred adult Western pond turtles will be reintroduced to establish self-sustaining breeding populations. The first ten turtles released this June will be fitted with radio-transmitters to track and identify preferred habitats in Yosemite Valley. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/california-red-legged-frogs-and-western-pond-turtles-to-be-restored-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Anticipates Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day Weekend. Visitors in personal vehicles arriving late morning through mid-day should expect extensive delays getting into and moving about the park, particularly in Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. Visitors are urged to enter the park before 9:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. in order to avoid traffic congestion and difficulty finding parking. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-anticipates-extremely-busy-memorial-day-weekend.htm

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Wednesday, May 18

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for all vehicular traffic tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at noon. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-on-wednesday-may-18.htm

Yosemite National Park Receives Donation of 26 Baskets

Yosemite National Park, through Yosemite Conservancy, recently received a donation of 26 examples of Julia Parker’s basketry. These pieces were collected through the years by Elvira “Ellie” Nishkian, from San Francisco, who was active in many charitable causes and was instrumental in the formation of the Yosemite Fund, which is now known as Yosemite Conservancy. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-receives-donation-of-26-baskets.htm

Public Invited to Earth Day Festival at Yosemite National Park on Saturday, April 23, 2016

Yosemite National Park is hosting a special Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. The public is encouraged to attend the Festival this year which honors the Centennial of the National Park Service. Park admission is free because of National Park Week and all activities at the Earth Day Festival are free of charge. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/public-invited-to-earth-day-festival-at-yosemite-national-park-on-saturday-april-23-2016.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Tomorrow, April 19, 2016

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season to automobile traffic tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/glacier-point-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-tomorrow-april-19-2016.htm

Yosemite National Park Offer Free Admission During National Park Week April 16-24, 2016 In Honor of Centennial of National Park Service

Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week, Earth Day, California State Park Ranger 150th Anniversary, and National Junior Ranger Day fromSaturday, April 16, through Sunday, April 24, 2016. Park entrance fees will be waived for Yosemite National Park on Saturday, April 16, to Sunday, April 24, 2016 to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. Camping fees and all other fees will still be applicable. The park will host many special events throughout the week culminating in the Earth Day Festival, which will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/npweek16.htm

Yosemite National Park Begins New Concession Contract on March 1, 2016

Yosemite National Park will have a new primary concessioner tomorrow, March 1, 2016. Yosemite Hospitality LLC begins its 15-year contract to provide lodging, retail, recreational services, and food to over four million annual visitors to Yosemite. Yosemite Hospitality LLC was selected to be the park’s new primary concessioner in June 2015, following a competitive bid process. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-begins-new-concession-contract-on-march-1-2016.htm

NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in one of the most iconic national parks in the country. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridgeteen.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Yosemite Centennial Ambassadors

A prestigious group of park supporters and advocates have been announced to be Yosemite Centennial Ambassadors. The Yosemite Centennial Ambassadors were selected from a wide variety of backgrounds and include musicians, scientists, artists, athletes, historians, writers, public officials and educators. Each ambassador shares a unique story, love, and commitment for Yosemite National Park. The Yosemite Centennial Ambassadors will help the park connect with and inspire the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and champions. In 2016, Yosemite National Park will commemorate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary. The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916 and will officially become 100 years old on August 25, 2016. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yoseambassadors.htm

Yosemite National Park Receives Funding for Restoration of Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

The National Park Service announced $15 million in support of 69 projects in 63 parks, including $1,165,000 for the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park. This funding augments other National Park Service funds and a Yosemite Conservancy donation of $20,000,000 to make the restoration project possible. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-receives-funding-for-restoration-of-mariposa-grove-of-giant-sequoias.htm

Yosemite National Park to Change Historic Property Names

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that the names of several buildings and facilities within the park will be renamed to eliminate potential trademark infringement issues with the current concessioner of Yosemite, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (DNCY), a subsidiary of the Delaware North Companies. The name changes will impact several iconic buildings and landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-change-historic-property-names.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park on Monday, January 18, 2016 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-waive-entrance-fees-for-martin-luther-king-jr-day-2016.htm

El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140) in Yosemite National Park to Re-Open at 6:00 p.m. Today

The El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140) in Yosemite National Park will re-open at 6:00 p.m. today to all vehicular traffic. The road has been closed since Thursday morning due to a rockfall that blocked access to Yosemite Valley via this popular route. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-to-re-open-at-6pm-today.htm

Yosemite National Park Begins Clearing Rockfall Debris on Highway 140

Yosemite National Park road crews have begun clearing debris caused by a rockfall on Thursday morning, January, 7, at 5:45 a.m. that closed the El Portal Road (Highway 140) in Yosemite National Park. The rockfall triggered several large boulders and debris to block access to Yosemite Valley via Highway 140. Park staff and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) staff assessed the site earlier today and deemed it safe for park personnel to begin removing the rocks and debris. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-begins-clearing-rockfall-debris-on-highway-140.htm

Rockslide in Yosemite National Park

Highway 140 Closed From Park Line to Junction of El Portal Road/Big Oak Flat Road (Highways 140/120) https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/rockslide-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Expects Busy Holiday Weekend

Yosemite National Park is expecting to welcome an increase in visitors this upcoming holiday weekend. Recent storms have left ample snow for visitors to enjoy the many winter recreation activities Yosemite National Park has to offer. Below are a few tips and guidelines to follow if you are planning a trip for the upcoming New Year weekend. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/busynewyear.htm

Nearly 23,000 Junior Rangers Sworn in at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Rangers have sworn in 22,600 Junior Rangers so far this year. This sets a record for the most number of Junior Rangers in a year. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/nearly-23000-junior-rangers-sworn-in-at-yosemite-national-park.htm

New Yosemite Nature Notes Episode Features Bighorn Sheep

Yosemite National Park announces a new episode of “Yosemite Nature Notes” entitled “Bighorn Sheep” is now available for viewing. The video features stunning footage of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, interviews with wildlife biologists, and a special focus on the re-introduction of these magnificent animals to the Cathedral Range in Yosemite National Park in March 2015. The video is posted on the park’s website and on Youtube. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bighornynn.htm

Yosemite National Park Distributed Approximately 1,000 Free Park Passes to Fourth Graders So Far This Year

Yosemite National Park has distributed approximately 1,000 free park passes to Fourth Graders through the “Every Kid in a Park” program. Fourth graders from across the country brought their vouchers to Yosemite to receive the free park pass. The passes are intended for fourth grade students and their families to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas through August 31, 2016. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ekip1000.htm

Yosemite National Park Closes Tioga Road for the Season

With several major storms coming through the Yosemite Area later this week, Yosemite National Park is closing Tioga Road for the season. Tioga Road typically closes each fall and remains closed throughout the winter months. The road reopens when weather conditions permit in the spring. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-closes-tioga-road-for-the-season.htm

Yosemite National Park Opens Public Scoping for the Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Yosemite National Park opened public scoping for planning and environmental impact analysis for the Yosemite Wilderness Stewardship Plan. Public scoping comments will be accepted through January 29, 2016. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wspscoping.htm

Human-Bear Incidents Reach Record Low in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has recorded the lowest number of human-bear incidents since 1975, when the park initiated its first human-bear management program. In 2015, there were 76 incidents, which resulted in $4,909 in property damage. (A bear incident occurs when a bear causes property damage, obtains food, acts aggressively, or injures a person.) This represents a 95% reduction in number of incidents and a 99% reduction in property damage from the record high in 1998, when there were approximately 1,600 incidents resulting in $660,000 in property damage. Although injuries are relatively uncommon and minor, this year also marked the fourth year in a row in which there were no injuries caused by bears in Yosemite. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/human-bear-incidents-reach-record-low-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery Conduct Awards Ceremony for Art and Poetry Contest

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery sponsored a Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest in September. Over 250 submissions were received, a record, from local community schools. Artwork was divided into categories and winning pieces were selected by park staff and park partners. Winning student artwork and poetry will be featured in an exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery from Thursday, November 5, through Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additionally, students will be acknowledged at a special Awards Ceremony on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. If there is inclement weather the reception will be held in the Valley Auditorium behind the Valley Visitor Center. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/Yosemite-National-Park-and-The-Ansel-Adams-Gallery-Conduct-Awards-Ceremony-for-Art-and-Poetry-Contest.htm

Yosemite National Park Entrance Fee Reduced for Fall/Winter Season

Yosemite National Park’s entrance fee has been reduced to $25 for a seven-day pass for private vehicles from November through March. The reduced entrance fee aims to encourage visitation to Yosemite National Park outside of the busy summer season. The private vehicle entrance fee is $30 from April through October. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/Yosemite-National-Park-Entrance-Fee-Reduced-for-Fall-and-Winter-Season.htm

Prescribed Fire Planned in Yosemite National Park

Fire Scheduled To Occur On or Before October 28, 2015 https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/prescribed-fire-planned-in-yosemite-national-park-102215.htm

Yosemite National Park Partners with Google Maps on “Google Street View”

Yosemite National Park and Google Maps have partnered on a groundbreaking project that uses cutting-edge technology to allow visitors to explore Yosemite National Park’s iconic features. This program allows people to explore Yosemite’s features, learn about the history and geology of the park, and experience first-hand what it is like to rock climb and explore the beauty of Yosemite National Park. The first installment, “El Capitan Street View,” was released in June of this year. Today, Google Maps is launching Street View imagery of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Mirror Lake, Bridalveil Fall, and many other popular destinations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-partners-with-google-maps-on-google-street-view.htm

Prescribed Fires Scheduled in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a series of prescribed fires in the park. The prescribed burns would start in mid-October however they are dependent on weather and fuel conditions. Shorter days and cooler temperatures provide fire managers optimal prescribed burning conditions. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/rxfirefall15.htm

National Park Service Signs Contract with Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (a subsidiary of Aramark)

Today, the National Park Service signed a concession contract with Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, a subsidiary of Aramark, to provide concession services within Yosemite National Park. The 15-year contract, the largest single contract in the National Park Service, will begin on March 1, 2016. The current concessioner, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., a subsidiary of Delaware North Co., has held its contract since 1993. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/national-park-service-signs-contract-with-yosemite-hospitality-llc-a-subsidiary-of-aramark.htm

Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at Sixth Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony

Yosemite National Park celebrated its volunteers at the sixth annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 26, 2015. The ceremony was conducted to recognize outstanding volunteers who have donated their time, talent, and skills to protect and preserve park resources and provide excellent service to park visitors. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/volunteerawards2015.htm

Yosemite National Park Commemorates its 125th Anniversary

Approximately 1500 people attended a ceremony in Yosemite Valley today to commemorate the park's 125th Anniversary. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-commemorates-its-125th-anniversary.htm

Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the Facelift, an annual event held to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season. This year’s Facelift event will honor Yosemite National Park’s 125th Anniversary with special service projects and interactive anniversary-themed activities. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/facelift2015.htm

Fisher Kits Reintroduced in Yosemite National Park

Four rescued fisher (Martes pennanti) kits were released yesterday north of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. This historic reintroduction was a cooperative effort between the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW), Fresno-Chaffee Zoo, and the Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation. The reintroduction aims to increase the long term viability of the declining fisher population by expanding its population to the northern part of Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fisher-kits-reintroduced-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Hans Florine Completes 100th Ascent of the Nose Route in Yosemite National Park

Hans Florine, world renowned rock climber, completed his 100th ascent of the Nose Route of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Florine, along with Jayme Moye , an adventure writer from Boulder, Colorado , and Fiona Thornewell, an adventurer from London, England finished the ascent on Saturday afternoon, after beginning the climb on Thursday, September 10, 2015. This was the first time climbing El Capitan for both Moye and Thornewell. Florine’s first ascent of El Capitan was completed in 1989. The summit of El Capitan is 7,569 feet above sea level, and the climb from the floor of Yosemite Valley (at 4,000 feet) represents over 3,000 vertical feet of climbing. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hansflorine100.htm

Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery to Sponsor Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest

Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery announce the fifth annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. Students should submit artwork and poetry no later than Wednesday, October 7, 2015. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-ansel-adams-gallery-to-sponsor-gateway-expressions-student-art-and-poetry-contest.htm

Wildfire in Yosemite National Park

A wildfire above Yosemite Valley began yesterday afternoon, September 7, 2015. The "Tenaya Fire" is currently at approximately 500 acres and is burning above Yosemite Valley. The fire is located along both sides of the Lehamite Creek Trail from the north rim of the Valley to the Tioga Road. Smoke from this fire is visible throughout the park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wildfire-in-yosemite-national-park-tenaya-fire.htm

Missing Hiker in Yosemite National Park Found After Two-day Search

Yosemite National Park rangers found the body of James Michael Millett, Jr. on September 1, 2015, two days after discovering a car that had been left at a popular trailhead parking lot for an extended period of time. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/missing-hiker-in-yosemite-national-park-found-after-two-day-search.htm

Yosemite National Park Welcomes 4th Grade Students Through Every Kid in a Park Initiative

Yosemite National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park and receive free entrance as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. The program provides a free annual pass for fourth grade students and their families to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-welcomes-4th-grade-students-through-every-kid-in-a-park-initiative.htm

Missing Hiker in Yosemite National Park Found Deceased

Yosemite National Park Rangers found the body of James Michael Millett Jr. yesterday, September 1, 2015. His body was found above Yosemite Valley. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/missing-hiker-in-yosemite-national-park-found-deceased.htm

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Founders’ Day on August 25, 2015

Yosemite National park will celebrate Founders’ Day on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the 99th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS). In commemoration of this special day, entrance fees will be waived and the park will conduct special events throughout the day. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-celebrate-founders-day-on-august-25-2015.htm

California Department of Public Health Investigates Second Case of Human Plague

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced that the department has been notified of a presumptive positive case of plague contracted by a recent visitor to California from Georgia. Confirmatory testing is being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to becoming ill, the patient had been vacationing in Yosemite National Park (Yosemite), the Sierra National Forest and surrounding areas in California in early August. CDPH is in contact with Yosemite, CDC and the National Forest Service to assess locations where the patient visited. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/california-department-of-public-health-investigates-second-case-of-human-plague.htm

California Department of Public Health and Yosemite National Park Take Preventive Measures in Plague Investigation

alifornia Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced that the department, working closely with Yosemite National Park, successfully reduced the risk of plague transmission at Crane Flat Campground in Yosemite. The campground, which had been closed for four nights to allow for rodent burrows to be treated for fleas, is reopening today. The treatment controlled potentially plague-infected fleas which could spread the disease to humans and other warm-blooded hosts. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/california-department-of-public-health-and-yosemite-national-park-take-preventive-measures-in-plague-investigation.htm

Fallen Tree Limb Causes Two Fatalities in Yosemite National Park

At approximately 5:00 a.m. this morning, a limb from an oak tree fell in Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, striking a tent in which two minors were sleeping. Park Rangers responded to the campground to provide medical assistance, yet both minors were deceased. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fallen-tree-limb-causes-two-fatalities-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

California Department of Public Health Investigates Human Plague Case

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the department is investigating a case of human plague in California, and conducting an environmental evaluation in the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and the surrounding areas. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/california-department-of-public-health-investigates-human-plague-case.htm

Former First Lady Laura Bush Joins Yosemite National Park for Tioga Road Rededication Event

A historic rededication ceremony on the Tioga Road, conducted exactly 100 years after the original dedication ceremony, was held in Yosemite National Park yesterday. Former First Lady Laura Bush, Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher, and Yosemite Conservancy Vice President Jerry Edelbrock participated in the reenactment ceremony. Highlights of the event included a rechristening of the road, a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and celebrating the history and importance of philanthropy in Yosemite and national parks across the country. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tiogarededication.htm

El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140) in Yosemite National Park to Re-Open at 6:00 p.m.

The El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park will re-open at 6:00 p.m. this evening to all vehicular traffic. Intermittent traffic delays are possible due to on-going clean-up operations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/el-portal-road-continuation-of-highway-140-in-yosemite-national-park-to-re-open-at-600-pm.htm

Yosemite Restoring Endangered Yellow-legged frogs to Alpine Lakes

Yosemite National Park is restoring the federally endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog to alpine lakes within the park. The yellow-legged frog was once the most common frog in mountain lakes throughout the Sierra Nevada, but introduced predators and diseases caused their population to decline by over 95 percent. Park experts are encouraged by the results of initial restoration efforts and estimate that the population in Yosemite could become self-sustaining within the next ten years. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/frogrestoration.htm

Yosemite National Park Institutes Fire Restrictions

Yosemite National Park is experiencing very high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and possible active fire behavior, the park implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions until further notice. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-institutes-fire-restrictions.htm

Yosemite National Park Expects Busy Fourth of July Weekend

Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking. Visitors should plan on arriving at the park entrances by 9:00 a.m. each day. Parking in Yosemite Valley is expected to be especially challenging and visitors should plan accordingly. Based on past holiday weekends, visitors arriving during peak hours have been delayed for up to two hours in east Yosemite Valley. The park has added approximately 300 new parking spaces west of Yosemite Lodge. However, delays are still expected during the peak times. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-expects-busy-fourth-of-july-weekend.htm

National Park Service Selects Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (a subsidiary of Aramark) for Primary Concession Contract

The National Park Service (NPS) has selected Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, a subsidiary of Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), to receive the new primary concession contract for providing visitor services in Yosemite National Park. The 15-year contract – the largest single concession contract in the NPS – is expected to begin on March 1, 2016, and will include overnight accommodations, food and beverage operations, retail sales, fuel sales, bike and raft rentals, and a variety of other recreational activities throughout the park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/national-park-service-selects-yosemite-hospitality-llc-a-subsidiary-of-aramark-for-primary-concession-contract.htm

Yosemite National Park Ranger Glenn Gibbons Receives Prestigious Barry Hance Memorial Award

Yosemite National Park Ranger Glen Gibbons was honored on Thursday, June 11, 2015 with the Barry Hance Memorial Award. Gibbons, a Park Ranger at the Arch Rock entrance station, received the park’s highest honor in front of several hundred Yosemite National Park employees. Since 2000, he has provided accurate information with a smile at the park’s third busiest entrance station. He was recognized for his genuinely warm and inviting demeanor of visitors and community members. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/barryhance2015.htm

Yosemite National Park Rangers Receive Emergency Response Awards

Three Yosemite National Park Rangers have received awards from the Mariposa County Health Department for their efforts and service to emergency medical services (EMS) in Yosemite National Park. Heidi Schlichting received an award for Paramedic of the Year; Dave Hahn received an award for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the Year; and Nancy Phillipe received an award for Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) of the Year. The awards were given at a ceremony in Mariposa, California last month. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-rangers-receive-emergency-response-awards.htm

Yosemite National Park Opens Exhibit Featuring Early Landscape Paintings

Yosemite National Park announces an exhibit entitled Yosemite Viewed: Landscape Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries which opened to the public on Monday, June 1, 2015. The exhibit will run until Sunday, November 1, 2015. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-opens-exhibit-featuring-early-landscape-paintings.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Beginning of 2015 Fire Season

The 2015 Fire Season in Yosemite National Park began on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond. Additionally, grasses and other vegetation at the lower elevations have begun to dry out. This year, vegetation is drying out faster than average due to the low snowpack the park received over the last three winter seasons, making for fire danger above average for this time of year. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fireseasonstarts2015.htm

Yosemite National Park Expecting Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day weekend. Its been a very busy year so far and the park expects high visitation, especially from Friday afternoon until Sunday. Visitors are strongly urged to avoid arriving at the park during the peak hours of 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. Arriving early in the day or late in the afternoon are the best ways to enjoy the park. Once in the park, visitors are urged to park their vehicles, and enjoy the park utilizing the free shuttle bus service, bike paths, and hiking trails. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-expecting-extremely-busy-memorial-day-weekend.htm

Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close at 8:00 P.M. This Evening

The Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will temporarily close at 8:00 P.M. tonight, May 13, 2015. This is due to a significant storm predicted for the area that will potentially produce several inches of new snow at higher elevations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-road-and-glacier-point-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-temporarily-close-at-8-pm-this-evening.htm

Tioga Road and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park Temporarily Closed

The Tioga Road and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are temporarily closed due to snow and icy conditions. A storm system in the area necessitated the temporary closure. The park is currently receiving snow at the higher elevations https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-road-and-glacier-point-roads-in-yosemite-national-park-temporarily-closed-0515.htm

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Monday, May 4

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season on Monday, May 4, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. for all vehicular traffic. Due to a light snowpack this past winter, the Tioga Road was cleared of snow early into the season. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-on-monday-may-4.htm

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park in Place on Saturday, May 2

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place this Saturday, May 2 and available for hikers. This opening date is three weeks earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack. Day hikers wishing to ascend the cables between May 2 and May 22 must apply for a two-day-in-advance permit though an online lottery at: www.recreation.gov. The lottery will be open for applications from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (PDT) with lottery results available at 6:00 a.m. the following day. Day use permits for Half Dome are not available in the park. The cables will be inaccessible on Friday, May 1, due to maintenance. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/half-dome-cables-in-yosemite-national-park-in-place-on-saturday-may-2.htm

NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give participants the opportunity to conduct rigorous environmental science investigations in one of the most iconic national parks in the country. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridge-summer-teen-program-in-yosemite-national-park-builds-future-scientists-and-leaders-2015.htm

Yosemite National Park Creates $535 Million in Economic Benefits

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,882,642 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2014 spent $405 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 6,261 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $535 million. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-creates-535-million-in-economic-benefits.htm

Yosemite Conservancy Debuts New Theater Performances and Art Workshops for 2015 in Yosemite National Park

An imaginative line-up of brand-new family-friendly theater performances and art workshops unveiled today by Yosemite Conservancy will entertain, inspire and educate visitors about Yosemite National Park’s incomparable scenery, wildlife and people. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-conservancy-debuts-new-theater-performances-and-art-workshops-for-2015-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week, Earth Day, and National Junior Ranger Day with Special Programs and Activities

Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week, Earth Day, and National Junior Ranger Day from Saturday, April 18, through Sunday, April 26, 2015. In conjunction with the Centennial celebration of the NPS, Yosemite invites visitors to Find Your Park, and join us in Yosemite for National Park Week. Special events and activities are being sponsored and organized by the National Park Service (NPS), Delaware North, Yosemite Conservancy, and The Ansel Adams Gallery. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-celebrates-national-park-week-earth-day-and-national-junior-ranger-day-with-special-programs-and-activities.htm

The Ansel Adams Gallery Rehabilitation Recently Completed at Yosemite National Park

The first part of a multi-phase rehabilitation project of The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park has recently been completed. The first phase of the project, which began in October 2014, was completed on Saturday, April 4, 2015. The newly rehabilitated gallery is fully open and operational in its historic location. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/the-ansel-adams-gallery-rehabilitation-recently-completed-at-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Joins National Find Your Park Movement

Yosemite National Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-joins-national-find-your-park-movement.htm

Endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Restored to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks

A multiagency operation was recently concluded that returned two herds of endangered bighorn sheep to locations in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, Inyo National Forest, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, worked together on the complex operation in the Sierra Nevada. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/endangered-sierra-nevada-bighorn-sheep-restored-to-yosemite-and-sequoia-national-parks.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season to automobile traffic tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 6:00 a.m. All visitor services at Glacier Point will be fully operational. The Bridalveil Creek Campground will open within the next several weeks. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/glacier-point-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-tomorrow-saturday-march-28-2015.htm

Yosemite National Park Ranger Robert “Rob” Lewis Receives Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award

Yosemite National Park Ranger Robert “Rob” Lewis received the Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award, given annually for excellence in “rangering.” Lewis was recognized for his overall impact, record of accomplishments, and excellence in traditional ranger duties. He will be considered, along with six other National Park Service (NPS) regional award winners, for the National Harry Yount Award. This prestigious award is one of the highest recognitions a ranger can receive. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-ranger-robert-lewis-receives-pacific-west-region-harry-yount-award.htm

Yosemite National Park Kicks-off 125th Anniversary Celebration

Yosemite National Park kicked-off its celebration of the park's 125th Anniversary with a ceremony at Yosemite Falls today. The theme of the event was Youth of Today: Park Stewards of Tomorrow. Approximately 500 people attended the event, 300 of whom were students from the Yosemite region and Sacramento. The guest of honor was Gabriel Lavan-Ying, better known as "Ranger Gabriel." Ranger Gabriel was named an Honorary Yosemite National Park Ranger last June through a visit arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ranger Gabriel addressed the crowd and was named Honorary Chairman of the park's 125th Anniversary Celebration by park Superintendent Don Neubacher. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-kicks-off-125th-anniversary-celebration.htm

Missing Hiker Found Alive in Yosemite National Park

Missing visitor, Michael "Mic" Dahl, was found alive this morning, at approximately 11:00 a.m., in Yosemite National Park. He was spotted by visitors on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. The visitors recognized him from the missing persons flyer. Dahl was found approximately a quarter mile east of the Lower Yosemite Fall trail, in a large boulder field below Sunnyside Bench. Dahl sustained multiple injuries and is being transported to a local hospital via ground ambulance. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/missing-hiker-found-alive-in-yosemite-national-park-mdahl.htm

Yosemite National Park Searches for Missing Visitor

Yosemite National Park Rangers and search volunteers continue to search for Michael "Mic" Dahl, a 20 year old male, from southern California. Dahl, has been missing since Saturday morning, March 21, 2015. A student at University of California, Santa Barbara, Dahl arrived in Yosemite on the morning of Saturday, March 21, with three friends. He was discovered missing by his friends after a planned day hike. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-searches-for-missing-visitor.htm

Three Transportation Projects Underway in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park initiates one transportation project and concludes two others that will improve parking, road conditions, and traffic flow in the park. The projects will provide additional parking in Yosemite Valley, improve restrooms and reorganize the Tuolumne Grove parking area, and repair and maintain portions of the Tioga Road. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/three-transportation-projects-underway-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite Conservancy Unveils its Outdoor Adventures for 2015

Yosemite Conservancy has unveiled a compelling line-up of Outdoor Adventures for 2015 with more than 60 programs for visitors to explore the park on guided adventures with local experts involving backpacking, photography, bird watching and more. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-conservancy-unveils-its-outdoor-adventures-for-2015.htm

Yosemite National Park Receives Donation of 2015 Subaru Outback from National Park Foundation

Yosemite National Park was one of four national parks to receive a 2015 Subaru Outback thanks to a partnership between the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and Subaru of America, Inc. Yosemite National Park added the Subaru to its existing vehicle fleet. This fuel-efficient Subaru will help the park reach its goal to become more sustainable and reduce gasoline consumption during normal park operations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-receives-donation-of-2015-subaru-outback-from-national-park-foundation.htm

Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed fire in the Wawona area, near the South Entrance. The fire is planned for tomorrow, Thursday, February 26, 2015 and will include 533 acres. The first segment of the burn will consist of 60 acres. The completion of the remaining 473 acres will occur throughout the month of March, weather dependent, concluding no later than Monday, March 30, 2015. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/prescribed-fire-scheduled-in-yosemite-national-park-2-2015.htm

Yosemite National Park Commemorates Centennial of National Park Service

On August 25, 2016, Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). Yosemite has selected ten centennial signature projects that are designed to enhance the visitor experience, restore critical ecological and wildlife habitats, and connect with the next generation of park stewards. The projects will be completed over the next several years and will be combined with other anniversary celebrations in which visitors can take part in. The Centennial will commence a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-commemorates-centennial-of-national-park-service.htm

Repairs to Big Oak Flat Tunnels to begin in Yosemite National Park

Repairs to the Big Oak Flat Tunnels in Yosemite National Park, located along the Big Oak Flat Road/Hwy 120, are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The historic tunnels, completed in 1937, consist of three tunnels along the Big Oak Flat Road. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/repairs-to-big-oak-flat-tunnels-to-begin-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for President’s Day Weekend

Yosemite National Park will waive entrance fees from Saturday, February 14 to Monday, February 16, 2015 in commemoration of President’s Day. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-waive-entrance-fees-for-presidents-day-weekend.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Entrance and Campground Fee Increases

Yosemite National Park announces entrance fees and campground fees will increase beginning March 1, 2015. The new fee structure includes modifications to the October 2014 draft proposal based on public input. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-entrance-and-campground-fee-increases.htm

Rare Sierra Nevada Red Fox Spotted in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is excited to report the first confirmed sighting in the park of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) in nearly 100 years. Park wildlife biologists had gone on a five-day backcountry trip to the far northern part of the park to check on previously deployed motion-sensitive cameras. They documented a sighting of the fox on two separate instances (December 13, 2014 and January 4, 2015) within the park boundary. The Sierra Nevada red fox of California is one of the rarest mammals in North America, likely consisting of fewer than 50 individuals. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/rare-sierra-nevada-red-fox-spotted-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 2015, Yosemite National Park will waive all entrance fees. The fee free day is available to all visitors in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mlk2015.htm

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

The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season because of deep snow and icy conditions. A series of storm systems have passed through the Yosemite region over the last several weeks, resulting in snow accumulations of up to two feet of snow in the higher elevations of the park, including Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. The roads generally close each fall and remain so throughout the winter until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/roadsclosed2014.htm

Yosemite’s Waterfalls Booming Due to Recent Storms

Yosemite National Park’s waterfalls are flowing again due to two days of significant rainfall in the Yosemite area. Waterfalls such as Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, and Cascade Fall are going full force due to recent storms. Snow levels remain high and roads leading into Yosemite Valley are open and clear. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-waterfalls-booming-due-to-recent-storms.htm

Yosemite National Park Launches New Website to Commemorate 125th Anniversary

Yosemite National Park has launched a new website to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park. The website, which can be found at www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary, provides an innovative way for community members and interested parties to actively participate in the celebrations surrounding the anniversary that will take place throughout the 2015 calendar year. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/125anniversarywebsite.htm

Yosemite National Park Youth Programs Inspire Next Generation of Park Stewards

A group of high school students from across California, who dubbed themselves “The Triumphant Turtles” for their slow and steady approach to achieving goals, credit the Adventure Risk Challenge program in Yosemite National Park for fueling a passion for conservation, improved leadership and literacy skills, and forging trails of opportunity to higher education. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-youth-programs-inspire-next-generation-of-park-stewards.htm

Yosemite National Park and Berchtesgaden National Park Sign Formal Sister Park Arrangement

Yosemite National Park and Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany have signed a sister park arrangement. The formal arrangement outlines the commitment from both parks to foster international cooperation in preserving these protected areas. The arrangement was signed by Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher and Dr. Michael Vogel, Berchtesgaden National Park Director, in October, 2014. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-berchtesgaden-national-park-sign-formal-sister-park-arrangement.htm

Sustainability Conference to be Held in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Gateway Partners is hosting the first Yosemite Sustainability Conference in Yosemite National Park on December 8 through December 10, 2014. The conference is a three-day learning and networking forum dedicated to helping local and state businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability through best practices. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/sustainability-conference-to-be-held-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veteran’s Day

Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public in honor of Veteran's Day on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. This fee free day is offered to all park visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-waive-entrance-fees-for-veterans-day.htm

Lottery Now Open for Historic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite’s Backcountry

Yosemite Conservancy announced today that it is accepting online reservation lottery forms for the 2014-2015 season at historic Ostrander Ski Hut, the cherished rustic stone cabin used by experienced cross-country skiers who make the strenuous 10-mile journey from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/lottery-now-open-for-historic-ostrander-ski-hut-in-yosemites-backcountry.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Hold Award Ceremony and Art Exhibition on October 25

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery sponsored a Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest in September of this year. The park received a record 230 submissions from local community schools. Artwork was divided into categories and winning pieces were selected by park staff and park partners. Winning student artwork and poetry will be featured in an exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery from Thursday, October 23, through Saturday, October 25, 2014. Additionally, students will be acknowledged at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at The Ansel Adams Gallery, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gatewayexpressions2014.htm

Yosemite National Park Proposes Entrance Fee and Campground Fee Increase

Yosemite National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park. The single vehicle entrance fee would change from $20 to $30 for a seven day pass. The park’s annual pass would increase from $40 to $60. The current rate of $10 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 for an individual and $25 per motorcycle. Interagency Passes, which are honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase and will remain at $80 for the regular pass, $10 for the Senior Pass and free for the Access and Military passes. The current park entrance fees have been in place since 1997, when a seven day pass was increased from $5 to $20 per vehicle. According to the U.S. Bureau of labor and Statistics, $20 in 1997 is equivalent to $29.64 in 2014. This fee change will allow Yosemite to maintain consistent revenue while adjusting accordingly for inflation. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/feeincreaseopen.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Deaf Services

Yosemite National Park is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the park’s Deaf Services Program. To celebrate this milestone, the park will host special programs throughout the weekend of Friday, October 24, through Sunday, October 26, 2014. Special programs will include a Junior Ranger talk and Nature Walk given by certified American Sign Language (ALS) providers. There will also be a celebration on Saturday evening, October 25, at the Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater to honor the founders of Deaf Services. Additionally, sign language interpreters will be available throughout the weekend at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center to provide interpreting for other normally scheduled park programs. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/deafservicesanniversary.htm

Highway 140 in Yosemite National Park Reopens

The Highway 140 entrance into Yosemite National Park will re-open as of Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. The highway, referred to as El Portal Road within the park boundary, was closed on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 due to the Dog Rock Fire. Additionally, electrical power to Yosemite Valley is expected to be restored late this evening, Friday, October 10, 2014. Power has been out in Yosemite Valley since the evening of October 7. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/highway-140-in-yosemite-national-park-reopens.htm

Dog Rock Fire Suppression Efforts Continue in Yosemite National Park

Suppression efforts continue on the approximately 250 acre Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park. Air and ground attack has been aided by favorable weather conditions, which have resulted in minimal fire growth on the western boundary of the park near the Highway 140 entrance. Currently, there is no estimate on the fire’s containment; however crews continue to make significant progress. The National Park Service is being assisted by the United States Forest Service and the California Interagency Incident Management Team 3. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/dog-rock-fire-suppression-efforts-continue-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Wildfire Reported in Yosemite National Park

A wildfire was reported around 2:45 p.m. this afternoon in the western portion of Yosemite National Park. The "Dog Rock Fire," is currently at 130 acres and multiple aircraft are en route to suppress the fire. Yosemite National Park fire crews, along with crews from several agencies, are working together in firefighting efforts. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wildfire-reported-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Fourteen Properties in Yosemite National Park Added to National Register of Historic Places

Fourteen properties in Yosemite National Park have recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. These new listings include Yosemite’s High Sierra Camps and the historic Wilderness cabins. The High Sierra Camps include: Glen Aulin, May Lake, Merced Lake, Sunrise, Tuolumne Meadows, and Vogelsang High Sierra Camps. New listings of Wilderness cabins include Buck Camp Patrol Cabin, Frog Creek Cabin, Lake Vernon Snow Survey Shelter, Sasche Springs Snow Survey Shelter, Merced Lake Ranger Station and Snow Survey Cabin, Ostrander Lake Ski Hut, and the Snow Flat Ranger Station and Snow Survey Cabin. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fourteen-properties-in-yosemite-national-park-added-to-national-register-of-historic-places.htm

Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite Valley in the Taft Toe Area. The burn will start in mid-October and is dependent on weather conditions. Although it is a dry year, Yosemite Valley recently received one inch of rain, and Taft Toe burn area fuel moistures are within prescribed fire parameters. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/prescribed-fire-scheduled-in-yosemite-national-park-2.htm

Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at Fifth Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony

Yosemite National Park celebrated its fifth annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 27, 2014. The Yosemite Volunteer Awards recognize and honor the outstanding contributions of individuals and work groups who have generously donated their time and energy towards the preservation and enjoyment of Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/volunteerawards2014.htm

Yosemite National Park Commemorates 124th Anniversary

Today commemorates the 124th anniversary of Yosemite National Park, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison on October 1, 1890. The legislation preserved and protected more than 1,500 square miles, including Tuolumne Meadows, the park’s high country, and Hetch Hetchy. Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias were still under the control of the State of California due to the provisions of the Yosemite Grant. However, the combination of the legislation and the existing Yosemite Grant comprised most of Yosemite National Park as it is known today. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-commemorates-124th-anniversary.htm

New Program Tracks Yosemite’s Bears in Real-Time

For the first time, National Park Service wildlife managers in Yosemite will map and monitor the movement of the park's black bears in real-time to help wildlife managers understand the animals' activities beyond Yosemite Valley.Yosemite Conservancy donors are contributing nearly $70,000 to purchase GPS collars to track the bears. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/new-program-tracks-yosemites-bears-in-real-time.htm

YARTS Celebrates One Millionth Rider to Yosemite National Park

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) celebrated its one millionth rider this summer. Long-time Yosemite National Park employee Julia Parker, Indian Cultural Demonstrator and regular YARTS rider, had the honor of being the one millionth rider. Parker has been riding YARTS from Midpines to Yosemite Valley since the inception of the program. Parker will be presented with a certificate and a keepsake photograph to commemorate this occasion. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yarts-celebrates-one-millionth-rider-to-yosemite-national-park.htm

Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the Facelift, an annual event held to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season. The event starts on Tuesday, September 23, and continues through Sunday, September 28, 2014. Trash pick-up volunteer days will start on Wednesday, September 24. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter at various locations in the park, including roadways, in the river corridor, on trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping, and lodging areas. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/annual-facelift-to-be-held-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park to Open Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The cables have been closed since Sunday night, September 7, due to a wildfire. The Meadow Fire, located east of Half Dome and near Little Yosemite Valley, is currently at 4,906 acres and is 23% contained. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/half-dome-cables-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-saturday-september-13-2014.htm

Yosemite National Park and Paradox Sports Conduct Climbing Event to Honor Veterans

Yosemite National Park is hosting a multi-day event in which thirteen disabled United States Military Veterans will climb and hike several iconic peaks in Yosemite National Park. Paradox Sports organized the climbs and hikes, in conjunction with the National Park Service (NPS), for the second annual event. The disabled veterans, along with Yosemite veterans and Park Rangers, have begun climbs and hikes to iconic peaks such as El Capitan, Royal Arches, and Ranger Rock, with the intention of reaching the respective summits on Thursday, September 11. The event is designed to honor all veterans and commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-paradox-sports-conduct-climbing-event-to-honor-veterans.htm

Meadow Fire Suppression Efforts Continue in Yosemite National Park Wilderness

The Meadow Fire, in Yosemite National Park’s high country, is estimated at 2,582 acres. The fire, originating in Yosemite’s high-elevation wilderness, is located east of Half Dome and near Little Yosemite Valley, a backcountry camping area. The Meadow Fire was reported yesterday around 12:30 p.m., Sunday, September 7, 2014 after a visible smoke column was spotted. All roads, entrance stations, and park facilities in Yosemite National Park remain open and operational. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/meadow-fire-suppression-efforts-continue-in-yosemite-national-park-wilderness.htm

Wildfire in Yosemite National Park

A wildfire that started early this afternoon in Yosemite National Park in Yosemite National Park has grown to approximately 700 acres. The Meadow Fire originated in Yosemite's backcountry wilderness, east of Half Dome and Little Yosemite Valley, at approximately noon today. Approximately 100 hikers were evacuated from the top of Half Dome, Little Yosemite Valley, and surrounding trails, via helicopter. There are no reported injuries or structures affected by the wildfire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/meadowfire2014.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Sponsor

Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery announce the fourth annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. The Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest celebrates the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. This year the contest will expand to include students in Sonora, Bishop, and Mammoth Lakes, California. Students should submit artwork and poetry no later than Friday, October 3, 2014. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-and-the-ansel-adams-gallery-to-sponsor.htm

Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot to be Temporarily Closed

The Tuolumne Grove parking lot in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closed beginning September 8, 2014 while improvements are made to the trailhead and parking area. During the month of September, the parking lot will close at 6:00 a.m. on Mondays and re-open at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. There will be no weekend work during the month of September. Beginning October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 the parking lot will be closed seven days a week. The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will remain open, with limited parking available at the Crane Flat Gas Station and other road turnouts. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tuolumne-grove-parking-lot-to-be-temporarily-closed.htm

Yosemite National Park Conducts Sierra Wilderness Celebration

Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 30th Anniversary of the California Wilderness Act on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Special events will take place throughout the day in Yosemite Valley and are designed to honor and celebrate the signing of these two acts, engage the public to better understand and appreciate wilderness, bring wilderness conservation organizations together, and connect with today’s youth and non-wilderness users. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-conducts-sierra-wilderness-celebration.htm

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Founder’s Day on August 25, 2014

On Monday, August 25, 2014, Yosemite National Park will celebrate Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day marks the birthday of the National Park Service (NPS). This year, the NPS will be celebrating its 98th birthday. In commemoration of this significant day, entrance fees will be waived for all park visitors. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-parktocelebratefoundersdayonaugust252014.htm

Yosemite National Park Receives 2014 America’s Best Idea Grant from the National Park Foundation

Yosemite National Park is one of 39 national parks selected to receive a 2014 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Inspired by Ken Burns’ critically acclaimed documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” this program builds partnerships between national parks and community, state, and other public organizations, and engages diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspires participants to become stewards of our National Park System. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-receives-2014-americas-best-idea-grant-from-the-national-park-foundation.htm

Yosemite National Park Receives 2014 California Preservation Foundation Design Award

Yosemite National Park has been selected by the California Preservation Foundation as the recipient of the 2014 Preservation Design Award in recognition of the publication of A Sense of Place: Design Guidelines for Yosemite National Park. The Preservation Design Award is specifically intended to recognize excellence in historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and sustainability. A ceremony to present the award to the park will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-receives-2014-california-preservation-foundation-design-award.htm

NATUREBRIDGE ANNOUNCES GRANT FROM ALCOA FOUNDATION

NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation proudly announce the 2014 NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program. Twenty-four high school students were selected from more than 160 applicants from Alcoa communities around the world, representing 18 countries. This summer, these Scholars will participate in a 10-day program immersed in the wonder and science of Yosemite National Park while building connections with each other. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridge-announces-grant-from-alcoa-foundation.htm

Big Oak Flat Road Re-Open in Yosemite National Park

The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) in Yosemite National Park has been reopened to vehicular traffic on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The road was temporarily closed due to fire activity related to the El Portal Fire. All other roads within the park, including the Tioga Road, are open and clear, with the exception of the Foresta community access road, which remains closed at this time. Crane Flat, Yosemite Creek, and Bridalveil Creek Campgrounds remain closed. All other park campgrounds remain open. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/big-oak-flat-road-re-open-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Seeking Volunteers to Assist with Park Projects

Yosemite National Park is seeking help from the interested people to assist in preserving, restoring, and enjoying Yosemite Valley. Experienced work leaders will guide each day's group and explore some of the park’s most precious resources in Yosemite Valley. No experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the program. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-seeking-volunteers-to-assist-with-park-projects.htm

Tourism to Yosemite National Park creates $373 million in Economic Benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,691,192 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2013 spent $373,269,800 in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,033 jobs in the local area. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tourism-to-yosemite-national-park-creates-373-million-in-economic-benefit.htm

Fire Restrictions in Effect in Yosemite National Park

Fire restrictions for Yosemite National Park went into effect yesterday, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The fire order restricts the use of campfires in wilderness below 6,000 feet in elevation. However, campfires in designated campgrounds and picnic areas will still be allowed. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/campfirerestrictions2014.htm

National Park Service Releases Prospectus for Business Opportunity in Yosemite National Park

The National Park Service (NPS) today has issued a Prospectus soliciting proposals in response to a business opportunity to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, auto fuel, recreation activities, and other related services within Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/national-park-service-releases-prospectus-for-business-opportunity-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Busy Holiday Weekend Expected in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park anticipates a busy Fourth of July weekend and Yosemite Park Rangers would like to remind visitors how to best enjoy summer weekends in the park. On average, Yosemite sees nearly 4 million visitors annually; approximately 55% of those arrive during the summer and frequently on weekends. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/busy-holiday-weekend-expected-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite Anniversary Celebrated with Groundbreaking for Landmark Project to Protect the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Under a towering canopy of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy and public officials today celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, the legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln to preserve Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove, by breaking ground on a landmark project to protect the ancient sequoia trees and the extraordinary experience they make possible. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-anniversary-celebrated-with-groundbreaking-for-landmark-project-to-protect-the-mariposa-grove-of-giant-sequoias.htm

Boxer, Feinstein Praise Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) today praised the passage of their resolution honoring the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 that permanently protected the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/boxer-feinstein-praise-sentage-passage-of-resolution-honoring-the-150th-anniversary-of-the-yosemite-grant-act.htm

Barry Hance Memorial Award Given at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced yesterday that Julia Parker, Indian Cultural Demonstrator, and Stephen “Stevie” Lynds, Trails Supervisor, are the recipients of the 2013 Barry Hance Memorial Award. Although the award is typically presented to one Yosemite employee annually, the Awards Committee felt that two nominees were deserving of the award. The awards were given during an all employees meeting on Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/barry-hance-memorial-award-given-at-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Road Construction on Tioga Road

Road construction on the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park began this week, and will continue through September 30, 2015. This two-year rehabilitation project is a multi-phased construction project that encompasses improvements to the Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot and the Tioga Road Corridor. This phase of the rehabilitation work will include a 15 mile segment along the road from the Crane Flat Intersection to just east of White Wolf. The construction work will include improvements to culvert drainages, road grading and pavement resurfacing, new signage, and road striping. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-road-construction-on-tioga-road.htm

Busy Summer Weekends Expected in Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park anticipates a robust 2014 summer season and offers tips to visitors on how to best enjoy the Yosemite Region during the park’s 150th Anniversary Year. On average, Yosemite National Park sees 3.8 million visitors annually; approximately 55% of those visitors arrive between June and September. To best enjoy the park and region during the busiest months, the National Park Service provides these special suggestions and tips to visitors. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/busy-summer-weekends-expected-in-yosemite-valley.htm

paintings, prints, artifacts, and ephemera from Yosemite’s early years

Yosemite National Park unveils a new exhibit entitled Yosemite, the Grand Experiment which opens to the public on Tuesday, June 3. It will run through Saturday, October 18, 2014. The exhibit is located in the Yosemite Valley Museum (adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center) and features paintings, prints, artifacts, and ephemera from Yosemite’s early years. Photographs and paintings of visitors and the landscape from the park museum’s extensive collection, including some of the earliest Yosemite images, will also be on display. Survey equipment, notes, and maps will be included. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/new-museum-exhibit-yosemite-the-grand-experiment-opens-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park to Open Friday, May 16

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be reset this Friday, May 16, 2014. This opening date is a week earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack. Hikers wishing to ascend the cables between May 16 and May 22 can apply online at: www.recreation.gov for a first-come, first-served, permit. Permits for the early season week will be available at 7:00 a.m. (PDT) / 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, May 14. These early season permits are required, non-refundable and non-transferable. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/half-dome-cables-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-friday-may-16.htm

Yosemite National Park Rangers Win Valor Awards for Technical Rescue

Four Yosemite National Park employees received Valor Awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on yesterday, Thursday, May 8, 2014. The rangers were recognized and honored for their valorous efforts from a complex and technical rescue on El Capitan in September 2011. The awards were given to two Yosemite National Park Rangers, Jeffrey Webb and David Pope, and two Yosemite Helitack Crewmembers Eric Small and Jeff Pirog. Additionally, a private contract park helicopter pilot, Richard Shatto, was also honored with a Citizen’s Award for Bravery for his expertise in piloting the helicopter during the intense rescue operation. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-rangers-win-valor-awards-for-technical-rescue.htm

Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) Prohibited in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park advises visitors that the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are prohibited within park boundaries due to regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Specifically, the use of drones within the park boundaries is illegal under all circumstances. Thirty Six CFR 2.17(a)(3) states, “delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss, or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit” is illegal. This applies to drones of all shapes and sizes. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/use-of-unmanned-aircraft-systems-drones-prohibited-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to open tomorrow, Friday, May 2 at Noon

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season tomorrow, tomorrow, Friday, May 2, 2014, at noon for all vehicular traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-tomorrow-friday-may-2-at-noon.htm

Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire Postponed in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers have rescheduled a prescribed fire in the Bishop Creek area for early May. The prescribed fire, originally scheduled for the end of April, is postponed because of forecasted rain in the area. Yosemite is expecting up to one inch of rain throughout the park. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather and moisture levels. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bishop-creek-prescribed-fire-postponed-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is planning a 1,447 acre prescribed fire in the southwestern portion of the park near Yosemite West. The burn is projected to start the week of April 28, depending upon weather conditions. Ignition will take approximately five days with active burning, and about two weeks to monitor burn down activity. The Wawona Road will remain open during the burn, however, traffic control may be instituted if conditions require. Firefighters, fire equipment, smoke and debris may be present on the roadway. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/prescribed-fire-scheduled-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park announces Availability of the Ansel Adams Gallery Complex Rehabilitation

Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Ansel Adams Gallery Buildings Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA will be available for public review and comment from April 16, 2014 to May 16, 2014. The EA addresses the rehabilitation needs while retaining the historic integrity of the structures. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-availability-of-the-ansel-adams-gallery-complex-rehabilitation.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Monday, April 14 at Noon

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season for automobile traffic on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/glacier-point-road-in-yosemite-national-park-to-open-monday-april-14-at-noon.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities

Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day from Saturday, April 19, through Sunday, April 27, 2014. Special events and activities are being sponsored and organized by the National Park Service (NPS), DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Yosemite Conservancy, and the Ansel Adams Gallery. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-celebrates-national-park-week-and-earth-day-with-special-programs-and-activities.htm

Rockfall Closes Trail to Rancheria Falls in Yosemite National Park

A rockfall in the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite National Park closes trail east of Wapama Falls. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on March 31, a large rockfall occurred from the cliff just east of Wapama Falls above the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. No visitors were injured. However, the trail was closed just east of the Wapama Creek footbridges for safety purposes, and due to boulders preventing access beyond Wapama Falls. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/rockfall-closes-trail-to-rancheria-falls-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

New Yosemite Theater Performances and Art Workshops Unveiled by Yosemite Conservancy Celebrate Park History and Grandeur

Yosemite Conservancy announced an exciting line-up for the Yosemite Theater 2014 season celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act as well as a host of new art workshops to inspire visitors to create memories of the park’s iconic landscape, wildlife and people. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/new-yosemite-theater-performances-and-art-workshops-unveiled-by-yosemite-conservancy-celebrate-park-history-and-grandeur.htm

Yosemite National Park Reopens Areas Affected by Rim Fire

Yosemite National Park reopens areas that were previously closed because of the Rim Fire. All areas previously closed, including the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and hiking trails in the Hetch Hetchy area, are now open to the public. Visitors traveling in the areas impacted by last year’s Rim Fire should be aware of potential risks including hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-reopens-areas-affected-by-rim-fire.htm

NatureBridge Announces Wells Fargo Scholarships for Teens in California’s Central Valley

With a grant from the Northern and Central California Region of the Wells Fargo Foundation, NatureBridge is proud to offer scholarship funding for high school students in California’s Central Valley for a two-week backcountry science expedition in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridge-announces-wells-fargo-scholarships-for-teens-in-californias-central-valley.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Final Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The plan is the result of using the best available science, resource stewardship, and public input to create a robust vision for the Tuolumne River Corridor for the next 15-20 years. The Tuolumne River flows through the northern portion of Yosemite National Park and is one of the two federally designated Wild and Scenic rivers within Yosemite. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-the-release-of-the-tuolumne-wild-and-scenic-river-final-comprehensive-management-plan-and-environmental-impact-statement.htm

Yosemite National Park Partners with Macy’s “Heart your Park” Program

Yosemite National Park is participating in the “Heart Your Parks” fundraising program in partnership with Macy’s Department Stores. The program is a part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, 2014, customers at the Visalia, California, Macy’s can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Yosemite National Park. Additionally, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-partners-with-macys-heart-your-park-program-donations-at-visalia-store-to-benefit-park-programs.htm

Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park Burn Scheduled for Hetch Hetchy Area

Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed fire in the Hetch Hetchy area, near the O’Shaughnessy Dam. The fire is planned for mid to late March and will include a total of 57 acres. Ignition and active burning will take approximately one to two days and a few additional days to patrol and monitor until the end of the burn. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/prescribed-fire-scheduled-in-yosemite-national-park-burn-scheduled-for-hetch-hetchy-area.htm

Exploring Yosemite’s Secret Spots Among Unique Line-Up of New Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures for 2014

Trekking to one of Yosemite National Park’s secret spots on the summer solstice, exploring areas within the park affected by last year’s Rim Fire, and photographing rainbows at night created by waterfalls are among the nearly 50 Outdoor Adventures for 2014 unveiled by Yosemite Conservancy. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/exploring-yosemite-s-secret-spots-among-unique-line-up-of-new-yosemite-conservancy-outdoor-adventures-for-2014.htm

Tourism to Yosemite National Park Creates over $378 Million in Economic Benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,853,404 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2012 spent $378,757.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,162 jobs in the local area. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tourism-to-yosemite-national-park-creates-over-378-million-in-economic-benefit.htm

Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Available for Reservation Starting March 1 2014

Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Available for Reservation Starting March 1, 2014 https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/half-dome-cables-day-use-permits-available-for-reservation-starting-march-1.htm

Yosemite National Park Commemorates Restoration of Yosemite Cemetery

Yosemite National Park Commemorates Restoration of Yosemite Cemetery https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-commemorates-restoration-of-yosemite-cemetery.htm

Yosemite National Park to Award Short Films Celebrating Nature and Connection to Yosemite

Yosemite National Park to Award Short Films Celebrating Nature and Connection to Yosemite https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-award-short-films-celebrating-nature-and-connection-to-yosemite.htm

NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders (2014) https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridge-summer-teen-program-in-yosemite-national-park-builds-future-scientists-and-leaders-2014.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

“This plan will protect the Merced River and its outstandingly remarkable values into perpetuity and provide quality visitor facilities and access,” stated Don Neubacher, Yosemite Superintendent. “The planning process has been a monumental effort and we appreciate all the public input we have received. We now want to move forward with actions in the Plan that are critical to the preservation and enjoyment of this iconic national treasure.” https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-the-release-of-the-merced-wild-and-scenic-river-final-comprehensive-management-plan-and-environmental-impact-statement.htm

Yosemite National Park Ranger Aaron Smith Receives Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award

Yosemite National Park Ranger Aaron Smith received the Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award, given annually for excellence in “rangering.” Smith was recognized for his overall impact, record of accomplishments, and excellence in traditional ranger duties. He will be considered, along with six other National Park Service regional award winners, for the National Harry Yount Award. This prestigious award is one of the highest recognitions a ranger can receive. The award was presented at Yosemite National Park today. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-ranger-aaron-smith-receives-pacific-west-region-harry-yount-award.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for President’s Day Weekend

Yosemite National Park will waive entrance fees from Saturday, February 15 to Monday, February 17, 2014 in commemoration of President’s Day. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/presidentsday2014.htm

Range of Light Film Festival to Debut in Yosemite National Park

The Range of Light Film Festival will debut in Yosemite National Park from Thursday, February 27, through Sunday, March 2, 2014. The festival is presented by Yosemite Conservancy, Yosemite National Park, and DNC Parks & resorts at Yosemite, Inc. The festival, part of the park’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant, will be held in the Yosemite Theater behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/range-of-light-film-festival-to-debut-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (2014)

Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park on Monday, January 20, 2014 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-waive-entrance-fees-for-martin-luther-king-jr-day.htm

Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park (2013)

The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the last several weeks have resulted in heavy snow accumulation throughout the park. Due to snowy and icy conditions, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tioga-and-glacier-point-roads-closed-for-the-season-in-yosemite-national-park-2013.htm

Yosemite National Park Conducts “Youth in Yosemite” Short Film Contest Selected Films to be Showcased at Awards Ceremony

Yosemite National Park is conducting a “Youth in Yosemite” Short Film Contest. This contest is open to anyone 25 years of age or younger who is motivated to create a video about their connection to Yosemite National Park. The deadline to submit the short films is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/youthfilms.htm

Missing Hiker Found Alive in Yosemite National Park

Missing hiker, Ann Lory, was found alive this morning, at approximately 11:30 a.m., in Yosemite National Park. She was located by a family member working with Search and Rescue crews in the search area. Lory sustained injuries and has been transported to a local hospital for medical attention. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/missing-hiker-found-alive-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Searches for Missing Hiker Ann Lory

Yosemite National Park Rangers are searching for Ann Lory, 60, a resident of Foresta, who has been missing since Saturdaymorning, November 23, 2013. Foresta is a small community located along the western portion of the park boundary and can only be accessed through the park via Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road). https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/lorysar1.htm

Visitors to Yosemite National Park Overwhelmingly Satisfied

A recent survey of visitors to Yosemite National Park showed a 98% satisfaction rate with park facilities, services, and recreational opportunities. Park visitors completed the survey in August 2013 in conjunction with the University of Idaho, Park Studies Unit for the National Park Service. Two hundred twenty five visitors responded to the written survey at locations throughout Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/visitorsatisfaction.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veteran’s Day Weekend

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public on Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-waive-entrance-fees-for-veterans-day-weekend.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Release of Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Final Environmental Impact Statement

Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Final Environmental Impact Statement (Mariposa Grove FEIS). This landmark plan provides the foundation for the restoration and site improvements in the park’s largest grove of giant sequoias. The Mariposa Grove, along with Yosemite Valley, was included in the Yosemite Grant that was signed into law on June 30, 1864. This marked the first time the federal government set aside land for protection and is considered to be the genesis of the national park idea. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mgrovefeis.htm

Lottery Registration Now Open for Restored Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite

With the winter season approaching, and Yosemite National Park now open to the public after the recent government closure, Yosemite Conservancy announced today that it is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2013-2014 season at the newly restored Ostrander Ski Hut, the cherished rustic stone cabin used by intrepid skiers and snowshoers who make the 10-mile journey from the park’s Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ostrander2013.htm

NatureBridge Receives $75,000 Grant from Wells Fargo for Scholarships for California’s Central Valley Youth

With a $75,000 grant for the Environmental Education and Stewardship for Underserved Central Valley Youth project, NatureBridge is proud to announce the award of scholarship funding from the Northern and Central California Region of the Wells Fargo Foundation. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/naturebridge-receives-grant-from-wells-fargo-for-scholarships-for-californias-central-valley-youth.htm

Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at Fourth Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony

Yosemite National Park celebrated its fourth annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 28, 2013, National Public Lands Day. The Yosemite Volunteer Awards recognize and honor the outstanding contributions of people and work groups who provided exceptional volunteer services towards the mission of National Park Service and Yosemite. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/volunteerawards2013.htm

Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Sponsor Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest

Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery to sponsor the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. The Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest celebrates the creativity and inspiration of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. Students should submit artwork and poetry no later than Friday, October 25, 2013. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gatewayexpressions2013.htm

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Future Anniversary Events in Gateway Communities

Fall pageantry and warm temperatures invite visitors back to a reopened Yosemite. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-to-celebrate-future-anniversary-events-in-gateway-communities.htm

Yosemite National Park Reopens to Visitors

Yosemite National Park reopens to park visitors tonight, October 16, 2013. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back on-line. Yosemite National Park has been closed since October 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemitereopens13.htm

YARTS Transit Service to Yosemite National Park Extended

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is extending transit service on Highway 120, west and east corridors, through Sunday, September 29, 2013. Previously, the runs from Tuolumne County, on Highway 120 West, were scheduled to end for the season on September 15, 2013. The service from Mono County, on Highway 120 East, will continue to operate on weekends through Sunday, September 29, 2013. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yartsextended.htm

Yosemite Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the tenth annual Yosemite Facelift on Tuesday, September 24, through Sunday, September 29, 2013. The goal of the Yosemite Facelift is to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter at various locations in the park, including roadways, in the river corridor, on trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping, and lodging areas. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-facelift-to-be-held-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park to Participate in Mountain Heritage Days in Oakhurst

Yosemite National Park will participate in the Mountain Heritage Days in Oakhurst, California, on Friday September 20 and Saturday, September 21, 2013. The Yosemite National Park Mounted Patrol will participate in the parade occurring on Saturday, September 21. The procession will start at the Fresno Flats Historical Park at 10:00 a.m. and will continue down to Road 426 to Golden Oak Loop. This year’s annual celebration will be focused around the upcoming anniversaries in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mtnheritage13.htm

State Route 120 (Tioga) Reopens

SR-120 (Tioga Road) which had been closed from Crane Flat to White Wolf, within Yosemite National Park, will reopen to all vehicular traffic at noon, Saturday, September 14, 2013. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/state-route-120-reopens.htm

Yosemite National Park Partners with Paradox Sports on Historic Veterans Climb

Yosemite National Park is hosting an event in which 30 disabled United States Military Veterans will climb several iconic peaks in the park, such as Half Dome and El Capitan. All of the climbers are expected to reach the summits of Half Dome and El Capitan on Wednesday, September 11. Paradox Sports, a nonprofit organization with an emphasis on adaptive sports, brought the group to Yosemite for the multi-day event. The event is designed to honor all veterans and celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-partners-with-paradox-sports-on-historic-veterans-climb.htm

State Route 120 from Groveland to Yosemite National Park Will Reopen

State Route 120 (SR-120) from Groveland, CA into Yosemite National Park will reopen to all vehicular traffic at noon, Friday, September 6, 2013. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bofreopens13.htm

Repairs to Wawona Tunnel to begin in Yosemite National Park

Repairs to the Wawona Tunnel in Yosemite National Park, located along the Wawona Road/Hwy 41, are scheduled to begin on Sunday, September 8, 2013. Most of the construction will occur inside the tunnel and incremental traffic delays will be instituted during the construction period, which begins September 8 through December 13, 2013. The work is needed to clean and repair the Wawona Tunnel, which includes repairing sections of the tunnel wall, floor, and ceiling, sealing cracks and joints, improving the drainage system, and cleaning the interior of the length of the tunnel. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wawonatunnelrepairs13.htm

Portion of Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to be Temporarily Closed

A portion of the Tioga Road, from Crane Flat to White Wolf, will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 12:00 noon. The closure is necessary for firefighters to perform fire suppression activities along the road. This portion of the road is anticipated to be closed at least through Labor Day Weekend. The park will issue an update as conditions allow for the reopening of the road. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/rimfiretioga.htm

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Founder’s Day

On Sunday, August 25, Yosemite National Park will celebrate Founder’s Day. In commemoration of this special day, entrance fees will be waived for all park visitors. Founder’s Day marks the birthday of the National Park Service (NPS). https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/foundersday13.htm

Life Changing Youth Programs in Yosemite Receive $1.8 Million

Yosemite Conservancy is contributing $1.8 million to 12 Youth in Yosemite programs so that young children learn about nature through the Junior Ranger program, underserved high school students experience the wilderness for the first time, and college interns work side-by-side with park staff to repair trails and preserve habitat. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ycyouthprograms13.htm

New American Sign Language Services Announced in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park announces several new American Sign Language (ASL) services that are available in the park, and at home. New services include a video series on the park’s Youtube Channel, continued ranger programs, and an enewsletter. These services are designed to ensure visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing have equal access to all program offerings at Yosemite. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/deafservices13.htm

Yosemite National Park Bolsters International Affairs Program

A delegation from one of Yosemite’s sister parks, Huangshan National Park in China, visited Yosemite National Park in early July of this year to reaffirm the Sister Park Arrangement between the two iconic national parks. The six person delegation from Huangshan participated in meetings with park staff, toured the park, and commemorated the visit with a dinner and signing ceremony at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley. Also participating in the signing ceremony and dinner were representatives from DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Yosemite Conservancy, Naturebridge, and Ansel Adams Gallery. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-bolsters-international-affairs-program.htm

Missing Plane Located Near Vogelsang Peak in Yosemite National Park

The single engine plane that was reported missing over Yosemite National Park on Monday, December 17, 2012, has been located. The plane, which was largely intact, was spotted by a park visitor near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp on Saturday, July 6, 2013. The Vogelsang area is in the rugged high country of Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/missing-plane-located-near-vogelsang-peak-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Yosemite National Park Launches New Website to Commemorate Special Park Anniversary

Yosemite National Park has launched a new website to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. The website, which can be found at www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary, provides an innovative way for community members, Yosemite staff, and interested parties to easily participate in the celebrations surrounding the anniversary that will take place starting September 2013 and last throughout 2014. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-launches-new-website-to-commemorate-special-park-anniversary.htm

“Snow Plants” Video Episode Released

"Snow Plants," the latest episode of the popular Yosemite Nature Notes series, has been released. Each episode is about eight minutes and explores interesting and often little known stories about Yosemite National Park. This is the 21st episode of Yosemite Nature Notes. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/snow-plants-video-episode-released.htm

Linda Eade Receives Prestigious Award at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that Linda Eade, Yosemite Research Librarian, is the recipient of the 2012 Barry Hance Memorial Award. The award was presented during an all-employee meeting this morning in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/linda-eade-receives-prestigious-award-at-yosemite-national-park.htm

Prescribed Fire Upcoming in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite Valley in the Taft Toe Area. The burn will start on, or around, June 18, 2013, and is dependent on weather conditions. Specifically, the burn area is located along Southside Drive between El Capitan Bridge and the Sentinel Beach picnic area. The total prescribed burn area will include 111 acres and is expected to last one to two days. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/prescribed-fire-upcoming-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Sharing Traditions Exhibit in Yosemite Showcases 80 Years of Native Basketry Demonstrators and Art

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 at the Yosemite Museum celebrating the 80-year history of Yosemite National Park’s basket-weaving demonstrators and their role in conveying American Indian culture to the public. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/sharing-traditions-exhibit-in-yosemite-showcases-80-years-of-native-basketry-demonstrators-and-art.htm

Rock Climber Dies in Yosemite National Park

A twenty eight year old climber died in a rock climbing accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Felix Joseph Kiernan, from London, England, was climbing on the East Buttress of El Capitan, a popular climbing route in Yosemite Valley, when he was struck by a rock. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/kiernansar613.htm

Visitor Swept Over Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, a visitor was witnessed being swept over the precipice of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/visitor-swept-over-nevada-fall-in-yosemite-national-park.htm

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park in Place on Friday, May 24

The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 24, 2013, weather permitting. The cables provide access to the summit of Half Dome, one of Yosemite’s most popular hikes. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hdcablesup13.htm

2013 Fire Season Begins in Yosemite National Park

The 2013 Fire Season in Yosemite National Park will begin on Monday, May 20, 2013. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond. Additionally, grasses and other vegetation at the lower elevations have begun to dry out. This year, vegetation is drying out faster than average due to the low snowpack the park received over the last two winter seasons, making for fire danger above average for this time of year. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fireseason513.htm

Visitors urged to take safety precautions while traveling on road The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season tomorrow, Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. for all vehicular traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State H

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season tomorrow, Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. for all vehicular traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tiogaopens513.htm

Yosemite National Park Rangers Recover Body of Missing Hiker

Yosemite National Park Rangers have recovered the body of missing hiker Kenneth Stensby near the base of Vernal Fall. Stensby was fatally injured after falling from a cliff near the top of the waterfall. His body was discovered by Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Ranger personnel and was extricated at about 1:00 p.m. today. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/stensbysar513b.htm

Yosemite National Park Rangers Conduct Search for Missing Hiker

Yosemite National Park Rangers are conducting a search for a missing hiker, 73 year old Kenneth Stensby, who set off on a day hike early Sunday morning, May 5, en route to Vernal Fall. Stensby, an avid hiker from Edina, Minnesota, has been in the park for several days and is staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel. He left a note early Sunday morning informing the hotel staff that he was leaving for the hike early and expected to be back at the hotel by noon. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/stensbysar513a.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Friday, May 3

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season Friday, May 3, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. There will be limited visitor services available at Glacier Point. Vault toilets will be available, and there will be no running water. There is no projected opening date for the Bridalveil Creek Campground. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gpopens13.htm

Yosemite National Park Extends Public Comment Period for the Merced River Plan

Yosemite National Park announces the extension of the public comment period for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management and Environmental Impact Statement (MRP) through Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Previously, the public comment period was slated to close on Thursday, April 18, 2013. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mrpextension13.htm

Wawona Prescribed Fire Postponed in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers have rescheduled a prescribed burn in the Wawona area for Monday, April 15, 2013. The burn, originally scheduled for the beginning of April, was postponed because of wet conditions. Ignition of the burn is dependent on weather and moisture levels. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wawonarxfire41513.htm

NatureBridge Announces Wells Fargo Scholarships for Teens in California’s Central Valley

With a $10,000 grant from the Northern and Central California Region of the Wells Fargo Foundation, NatureBridge is proud to offer scholarship funding for high school students in California’s Central Valley for a two-week backcountry science expedition in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/nbscholarships13.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities

Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day beginning on Saturday, April 20, through Sunday, April 28, 2013. Special events and activities are being sponsored and organized by the National Park Service (NPS), DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (the park’s primary concessioner), Yosemite Conservancy, and the Ansel Adams Gallery. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/earthday2013.htm

Yosemite Conservancy Announces New Outdoor Art Workshops and Live Theater Performances for 2013 in Yosemite National Park

New outdoor art workshops and captivating live theater performances add to the richness and drama of a visit to spectacular Yosemite National Park. Among the art and theater programs for 2013 announced today by Yosemite Conservancy are a new opportunity to paint amid the ancient Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, a gripping performance of how African-American cavalryman patrolled Yosemite’s wilderness years ago, and a thrilling first-hand account of rescues by park emergency response teams. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ycoa2013b.htm

Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the southern portion of the park. The burn will start on Thursday, April 4, 2013 or later, and is dependent on weather conditions. Specifically, the burn area is located near the community of Wawona. The total prescribed burn area will include 150 acres. The prescribed area is at the optimal fuel moisture level to successfully complete the project. This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2013 fire season. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wawonarxfire2013a.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meetings and Webinar for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Draft Environmental Impact Statement

On Feburary 26, 2013, Yosemite National Park released the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Mariposa Grove DEIS)for public review and comment. The public comment period for the Mariposa Grove DEIS is open through Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The document is available for public review on the park's website. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mgeismeetings.htm

Yosemite Conservancy Announces an Exciting Line-Up of Outdoor Adventures for 2013 to Explore Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Conservancy unveiled an exciting line-up of Outdoor Adventures for 2013 that give visitors a rare opportunity to experience Yosemite National Park’s glorious backcountry, wilderness, geology, art and culture in small groups led by renowned experts. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ycoa2013.htm

Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Available for Reservation Starting March 1

Half Dome cables day use permits for the 2013 hiking season will be available for reservation starting tomorrow, Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 31, 2013. Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week and reservations will be distributed via a lottery system. Successful parties will be notified in early April. A maximum of 300 hikers will be allowed on the Half Dome cables per day. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hdlottery13.htm

Yosemite National Park Tourism Creates Over $379 Million in Local Economic Benefit 398 National Park Units Nationwide Contribute $30 billion and 252,000 Jobs to Local Economies

A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that over four million visitors to Yosemite National Park spent over $379 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 5,057 jobs in the local area. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/localbenefits13.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Review

Yosemite National Park releases the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Mariposa Grove DEIS) for public review and comment. The public comment period for the Mariposa Grove DEIS is open today through Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The document is available for public review on the park's website. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mgrovedeis.htm

NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

Registration is now open for two-week field research course. NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give participants the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations in one of the most iconic national parks in the country. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/nbregistr13.htm

Lyell Glacier Ceases Movement, Adjacent Maclure Glacier Moving at Historical Rate

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. The adjacent Maclure Glacier is still moving at its historical rate, about one inch per day. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/lyellglacier.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Rehabilitation Plans for the Tioga Road

Yosemite National Park signs the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 41 miles of the Tioga Road. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, and open seasonally, is a popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/trrehab13.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meetings and Webinars for the Draft Merced River Plan and Draft Tuolumne River Plan

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Yosemite National Park released two Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plans and Environmental Impact Statements for the Merced River (MRP) and the Tuolumne River (TRP) for public review and comment. The public comment period for the TRP is open through Monday, March 18, 2013. The public comment period for the MRP is open through Thursday, April 18, 2013. Both documents, in their entirety, are available for public review on the park’s website. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mrptrpmeetings2013.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meetings and Webinars

Meetings and webinars designed to provide information and elicit feedback from public on two very important planning efforts. On Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Yosemite National Park released two Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plans and Environmental Impact Statements for the Merced River (MRP) and the Tuolumne River (TRP) for public review and comment. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mrpmeetings13.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park on Monday, January 21, 2013. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mlkfreeday13.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of Two Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plans

Yosemite National Park announces the release of two Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statements for the Merced River (MRP) and the Tuolumne River (TRP) for public review and comment. The public comment period for the MRP is open now through Thursday, April 18, 2013. The public comment period for the TRP is open now through Monday, March 18, 2013. Both documents, in their entirety, are available for public review on the park’s website beginning today. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mrptrpdraft.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the New Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan

Yosemite National Park announces the signing of the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). This document records the decision of Yosemite National Park to adopt a new day-use permit program for the Half Dome Trail which includes continued use of the Half Dome cables. Hiking to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite National Park. The iconic granite monolith, at 8,842 feet above sea level, attracts people from all over the world who attempt to climb to the summit. Most visitors ascend Half Dome via the cables, which are typically in place from mid-May through mid-October. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hdplan2013.htm

Search for Missing Plane Suspended in Yosemite National Park

Single Engine Plane Missing Since Monday, December 17, 2012. The search for the missing plane over Yosemite National Park and adjacent areas has been suspended. The single engine plane was last detected via radar in the afternoon on Monday, December 17, over the North Dome area in the park. Search efforts throughout the week have failed to yield clues or evidence regarding the plane’s location. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/planesearchsuspended12.htm

Single Engine Plane Missing in Yosemite National Park Vicinity

Plane Last Accounted For Flying Near North Dome in Park on Monday, December 17, 2012. Yosemite National Park continues the search for a single engine plane that may have gone missing over the park on Monday, December 17, 2012. The plane was last detected via radar in the afternoon on December 17, near the North Dome area in the park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/missingplan12.htm

Yosemite National Park Participates in 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count

Yosemite National Park is participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) to be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012. This is the 81st year that Yosemite is participating in the CBC and the park has contributed over 90,000 observations to this important and fun conservation event. The park joins this event with tens of thousands of volunteers from across the country every year. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/cbc12.htm

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

The significant storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the weekend resulted in an estimated five and a half feet of snow accumulation in Tuolumne Meadows. Due to this significant storm, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tiogaclosed12.htm

Yosemite National Park Waterfalls Flowing Again

Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, and other waterfalls in Yosemite Valley are flowing again after a series of storms over the weekend produced just under two inches of rain in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls, which has been dry for several months due to an exceptionally dry year, is flowing again for the first time since mid-July. The park recorded one of the driest years on record, and the driest winter since 2007. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemitefalls12.htm

Yosemite National Park Hosts World Heritage Fellow

The Director of the Wadi Rum Protected Area in southern Jordan concludes his experience this week as a World Heritage Fellow in Yosemite National Park. Nasser Al Zawideh, who has worked at Wadi Rum for 15 years and served as its Director for the past year, heads home after spending a month in Yosemite learning about park operations and sharing his expertise on managing an iconic protected area. Wadi Rum Protected Area , like Yosemite National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fellowship Program is sponsored by U.S. Department of Interior's International Technical Assistance Program and the United States Agency for International Development funded Jordan Parks Project. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/alzawideh12.htm

Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery to Hold Award Ceremony and Art Exhibition on November 17, 2012

Artwork Winners of Art and Poetry Contest to be Displayed at Gallery. Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery sponsored a Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest from Monday, September, 17, 2012 to Friday, October 26, 2012. The contest is a way the park and the Ansel Adams Gallery can celebrate the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities. Selected student artwork and poetry will be featured in an exhibit at the Ansel Adams Gallery, and students will be acknowledged at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, November 17, 2012. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/anseladamsawardceremony12.htm

Yosemite National Park Seeks Short Stories to Help Commemorate the Park’s Upcoming Anniversaries

Stories to be Published in Book Designed to Honor Yosemite Grant’s 150 th Anniversary. Yosemite National Park is seeking amateur and professional writers to submit short stories that describe their memories and experiences at Yosemite National Park. One hundred and fifty of the stories will be chosen to be published in a commemorative book, intended to honor the 150 th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant in 2014. Short stories may range from haikus to up to 1,000 words. There is no fee to participate in the contest. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/anniversaryshortstories12.htm

Lottery Registration Now Open for Yosemite’s Ostrander Ski Hut

Historic Ostrander Ski Hut Offers An Epic Winter Experience for Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Enthusiasts. Yosemite Conservancy is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2012-2013 season at Ostrander Ski Hut, a popular overnight destination for those making the stunning 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ostranderhut12.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Fees for Veterans Day Weekend

In celebration of Veterans Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission on Saturday, November 10 through Monday, November 12. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States armed forces and their families. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/veteransday12.htm

Yosemite National Park Conducts Rescue on El Capitan

Yosemite National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue Personnel completed a high angle, high risk rescue on El Capitan, in Yosemite Valley, on Monday, October 22, 2012, in which a stranded Canadian climber was at risk for hypothermia. The summit of El Capitan, 7,569 feet above sea level, is the largest granite monolith in the world. This Yosemite icon attracts rock climbers from across the globe. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/elcapsar1012.htm

Yosemite National Park to Reopen Mirror Lake Loop Hiking Trail on October 18

Yosemite National Park will reopen the Mirror Lake Loop hiking trail tomorrow, Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. The five mile loop that follows Tenaya Creek around Mirror Lake in Yosemite Valley has been closed since March 28, 2009 due to a large rockfall from Ahwiyah Point near Half Dome. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mirrorlakeloopopens.htm

Yosemite National Park Utilizes New Methods to Study Great Gray Owls

Among the diversity of wildlife in Yosemite National Park, approximately 150 Great Gray Owls call the park home. This is approximately 65% of the Great Gray Owl population in the state of California. The Great Gray Owl is a California State Endangered Species and is a large-bodied raptor that is also found in Asia and Europe. However, research has shown that the Sierra Nevada is home to a genetically distinct population of Great Gray Owls, with the proposed subspecies name of Strix nebulosa yosemitensis. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ggowls12.htm

Yosemite National Park Historic Preservation Program Receives the 2011 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award

The Historic Preservation Program in Yosemite National Park was awarded the 2011 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award on September 19, 2012. The award recognizes expertise and outstanding contributions to cultural resource stewardship and management by permanent full-time employees of the National Park Service (NPS). https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/historicpresaward.htm

Missing Employee Located Alive in Yosemite National Park

Jessica Garcia, an employee of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., has been located alive after she was reported missing when she did not show up for work at the Wawona Hotel on Sunday, October 7, 2012. Garcia was located at approximately 1:00 p.m. this afternoon by a member of the Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Team less than two miles up the South Fork Drainage of the Merced River in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park. She was hiking off-trail in this rugged area of the park. She will be transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/garciasar12b.htm

Yosemite National Park Searching for Missing Park Employee

Yosemite National Park Rangers are searching for Jessica Rose Garcia, who did not show up for work at the Wawona Hotel. Garcia, a 23 year old female and an employee of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., was scheduled to work at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, October 7, 2012, and did not report for work. This was to be Jessica’s first day working at the Wawona Hotel. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/garciasar12a.htm

Yosemite National Park Facelift Yields Over 20,000 Pounds of Trash

Approximately 1,150 Yosemite Facelift volunteers collected approximately 5,000 pounds of litter and 15,000 pounds of concrete, asphalt, and other large trash, at the ninth annual Yosemite Facelift event in Yosemite National Park. Dozens of miles of roadway, riverbed, and trails were cleaned. The annual event was held in the park from Tuesday, September 25 through Sunday, September 30, 2012. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/facelift2012.htm

Half Dome Cables To Be Taken Down in Yosemite National Park

The Half Dome Cables will be taken down for the season on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. The cables are taken down each October for the fall and winter season. The cables are proposed to be put back in place in the spring of 2013, as conditions permit. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hdcablesdown2012.htm

Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at the Third Annual Awards Ceremony

Yosemite National Park conducted the third annual Yosemite Volunteer Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding volunteers who have donated their time, talent, and skills to protect and preserve park resources and provide excellent service to park visitors. The ceremony was held this past Saturday, September 29, 2012, in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park volunteers repaired trails, removed invasive plants, helped visitors during their visits, curated museum artifacts, educated hikers on backcountry ethics, researched wildlife, performed clerical work, and participated in search and rescue operations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/vipawards2012.htm

Yosemite National Park Ranger Shauna Potocky Wins Prestigious Award

Shauna Potocky, Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park, has been selected as a recipient of the Pacific West Region 2012 Freeman Tilden Award. The award was created to recognize a National Park Service (NPS) ranger who has successfully developed, revitalized, or delivered a specific interpretive or education program or project in a particularly effective and creative fashion. Potocky was specifically recognized for creating the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/shauna-tilden.htm

Ninth Annual “Yosemite Facelift” Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 25 – 30, 2012

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the annual “Yosemite Facelift” event that is being held on Tuesday, September 25 through Sunday, September 30, 2012. This annual event is organized by the Yosemite Climbing Association to help clean up the park after the busy summer season. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter at various locations in the park, including roadways, in the river corridor, on trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping, and lodging areas. Events and presentations honoring Yosemite’s climbing history will be held throughout the weekend. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/facelift12.htm

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day. In commemoration of this special day, the park will waive park entrance fees for all park visitors. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/npld12.htm

Update: Yosemite National Park Continues Response to Hantavirus Cases

Yosemite National Park continues its public health response and outreach as a result of confirmed cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in individuals who spent one or more nights in the park between June 10 and late August of this year in the “Signature Tent Cabins” located in Curry Village. The National Park Service Office of Public Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health offices to heighten public health awareness and detection of the disease. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hanta0812c.htm

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Response Continues at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park continues to scale up its public health response and outreach as a result of six confirmed cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in individuals who visited the park in June of this year. The National Park Service Office of Public Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to heighten public health awareness and detection and has issued a call for cases to state and local health departments nationwide. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hanta812b.htm

Hantavirus Found in Four More Visitors to Yosemite National Park

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today reported four additional cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), bringing the total number of people infected with the hantavirus who visited Yosemite National Park to six. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hanta812a.htm

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Response Continues at Yosemite National Park

The recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died, has prompted Yosemite National Park to scale up its public health response and outreach. The National Park Service Office of Public Health learned over the weekend of a confirmed third case, which resulted in a fatality, and probable fourth case, of hantavirus in individuals who visited Yosemite National Park in June of this year. An outreach effort is currently underway by the park concessioner to contact visitors who stayed in “Signature Tent Cabins” at Curry Village from mid-June through the end of August. These individuals are being informed of the recent cases and are being advised to seek immediate medical attention if they exhibit any symptoms of hantavirus. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hanta_8-27-12.htm

Body of Missing Six Year Old Boy Recovered in Yosemite National Park

The body of Jacob Adams, a six year old boy who was swept into the Merced River on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, has been recovered today. Jacob was wading in the Merced River with his ten year old brother, Andres “Andy” Adams, near the Vernal Fall Footbridge when they were swept downstream. Andy was pulled from the river by a park visitor shortly after the incident and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/vernalsar812c.htm

The National Park Service is turning 96!

Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) by holding a series of activities focused on “What NPS Rangers do” on Saturday, August 25, 2012. The activities will be held at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and will include presentations on Search and Rescue, Fire Management, Education, Resource Management and Science, and more. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/nps96.htm

Search Efforts Continue for Missing Boy in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Rangers continue to search for Jacob Adams, a 6 year old boy from Orange County, California. Jacob, visiting the park with an extended family group, hiked to the Vernal Fall Footbridge on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Jacob, and his ten year old brother, were swept into the Merced River near the footbridge at 3:00 p.m. The ten year old was pulled from the river by a park visitor approximately 150 yards below the footbridge. The visitor, along with National Park Rangers, performed CPR and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. An intensive search began immediately for Jacob, and he has not been located. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/vernalsar812b.htm

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Found in Two California Residents

The recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died, has prompted Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, to remind Californians to take precautions to prevent exposure to the virus that causes HPS at their places of residence, work, and recreation. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hanta_2012.htm

Search and Rescue in Progress on Merced River

A ten year old boy was pronounced dead and a six year old boy remains missing following an incident near the Vernal Fall Footbridge in Yosemite National Park yesterday. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/vernalsar812.htm

Yosemite Conservancy to Fund Youth Programs with $1.3 Million

An innovative program that inspires underserved children to care for the outdoors using photography as a teaching tool and another that encourages teenagers to seek careers as environmental stewards though hands-on internships are among nine new and established Youth in Yosemite programs that will benefit from $1.3 million provided by Yosemite Conservancy. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ycyouth12.htm

Yosemite National Park Requests Visitor Help to Protect Newborn Animals

Yosemite National Park is requesting help from visitors to protect newborn animals in the park. During the summer months, many baby birds, fawns, and other young wildlife can be found on the ground. They may appear to be in distress, but are not sick, injured, or abandoned. If moved from their location, the parents cannot care for their offspring and many of the young animals do not survive. If spotted on the ground, these animals should not be moved or handled. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/protectnewborns.htm

Yosemite National Park Seeking Volunteers for Habitat Protector Program

Yosemite National Park is seeking volunteers to become a Habitat Protector of Yosemite (HaPY) Volunteer. The park’s Resources Management and Science Division and Facilities Management Division is seeking help from the interested people to assist in preserving, restoring, and enjoying the natural resources in Yosemite Valley. Volunteers will be working alongside experienced Park Rangers and explore some of the park’s most precious resources in Yosemite Valley. No experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the program. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hapy2012.htm

Barry Hance Memorial Award Given at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced last week that Tolley Gorham, Telecommunications Specialist, and Karen Glenn, Budget Analyst, are the recipients of the 2011 Barry Hance Memorial Award. Although the award is presented to one Yosemite employee annually, the Awards Committee felt that two nominees were deserving of the award. Therefore, for the first time since the award was created, the Awards Committee presented two Barry Hance awards. The awards were given during an all employees meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/barryhance2012.htm

Tenaya Lake Area in Yosemite the Focus of Major Restoration Work

Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake, once called “Lake of the Shining Rocks,” will sparkle even more brightly following major restoration efforts this summer to its east beach and surrounding wetlands and trails with funding provided by Yosemite Conservancy. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tenayalake2012a.htm

Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the north western portion of the park near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station on Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The ignition of the fire is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 220 acres and be split into two units. The prescribed area is at the optimal fuel moisture level to successfully complete the project. This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2012 fire season. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hodgdonrxfire612a.htm

Yosemite National Park and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Publish Quantitative Rockfall Hazard and Risk Assessment for Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park and USGS scientists, in collaboration with academic geologists, recently completed a comprehensive study of rockfall hazard and risk in Yosemite Valley. This internationally peer-reviewed study utilized new data and technologies to map the cliffs and talus slopes, date ancient rockfalls, and perform computer simulations of potential future rockfalls. This information was used to identify a rockfall hazard line on the valley floor. Existing structures within this line were evaluated using a numerical “risk metric” that quantifies the risk posed to human life and safety. This study represents the first time that rockfall risk has been quantitatively assessed in Yosemite Valley. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/rockfallrisk2012.htm

Yosemite National Park Unveils New Exhibit Featuring Early Landscape Paintings

Yosemite National Park announces a new exhibit entitled Yosemite Viewed: Landscape Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries which opened to the public on Monday, June 4, 2012. The exhibit will run until Sunday, September 30, 2012. It is located in the Yosemite Valley Museum (adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center) and features paintings from Yosemite National Park’s extensive museum collection. Early artists Thomas Ayres, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran are featured in the exhibit, as well as 20th century artists Chiura Obata and Gunnar Widforss. Contemporary pieces by Jane Culp, Gregory Kondos and Richard Richards are also included. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ymexhibit2012.htm

Yosemite Conservancy Unveils New Summer Art and Theater Programs For All Ages in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Conservancy has unveiled an exciting summer line up of new art and theater programs for all ages in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ycsummerprograms12.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Fee Free Day on Saturday, June 9

Yosemite National Park announces that entrance to Yosemite National Park will be free on Saturday, June, 9, 2012. The fee free day is in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, which offers opportunities for families to experience outdoor activities. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to encourage first-time visitors to visit public lands and also to reconnect young people with nature. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/feefree912.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Beginning of 2012 Fire Season

Yosemite fire managers have announced the 2012 Fire Season began yesterday, Monday, May 21. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond. Additionally, grasses and other vegetation at the lower elevations have begun to dry out. This year, vegetation is drying out faster than average due to the low snowpack the park received over the winter. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fireseason2012.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Half Dome Cables in Place on Friday, May 25

The cables allowing access for hikers to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 25, 2012, weather permitting. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hdcablesup2012.htm

Missing Hiker Found in Yosemite National Park

John Paul Chaufan Field, the missing hiker in Yosemite National Park, has been found safe and in good condition. He was spotted by the park’s contract helicopter at approximately 3:15 p.m. this afternoon near Edith Lake, approximately five miles east of Kibbie Lake, the point where he was last seen. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fieldsar2012b.htm

Yosemite National Park Searches for Missing Hiker

Yosemite National Park is searching for John Paul Chaufan Field, 22 years old, a college student who is attending the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). Chaufan Field was last seen near Kibbie Lake in the Hetch Hetchy area of northwestern Yosemite National Park. He was last seen on Saturday, May 19, where he was on a backpacking trip with a group of fellow students from UCSC, who were conducting an outdoor recreation trip. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fieldsar2012a.htm

National Park Service Offers Free Entrance Passes to All Active Duty United States Military Members and Dependents

To show appreciation for those who serve in the United States (U.S) Military, the National Park Service (NPS) will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents. The annual pass will be offered for the first time beginning Saturday, May 19, 2012, which is Armed Forces Day. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/militarypasses.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Innovative Program to Address Transportation Issues

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces an innovative partnership with gateway communities designed to enhance visits to the Yosemite region and reduce traffic congestion. Each of the four primary gateways to the park, along Highways 120 east and west, Highway 41, and Highway 140, has designed a program tailored to their specific community. The objective of these programs is to entice visitors to spend time in the communities before and after their Yosemite visit, which will help ease traffic congestion and expand parking availability within the park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/transportation.htm

New Yosemite Falls Webcam Provides a Spectacular View of North America’s Highest Waterfall

The majesty of Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall, can now be viewed on Yosemite Conservancy's website thanks to a new webcam. The nonprofit organization is connecting people to Yosemite National Park using webcams and a variety of technologies. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fallswebcam.htm

Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the northwest Wawona area in the southern portion of the park on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The ignition of the burn is dependent on weather conditions. Favorable weather is expected throughout the week, which will allow for optimal smoke dispersion. The total prescribed fire area will include 846 acres and is estimated to take several days to one week to complete. This will be the first prescribed fire of the 2012 fire season. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/wawonarxfire512.htm

Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that the Tioga Road will open for the season on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. for all vehicle traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. However, due to damage sustained to two transmission lines, the Tuolumne Meadows area will be without electrical power and visitor services until repairs can be made. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tiogaopen12.htm

Yosemite National Park Participates in a Climate Friendly Bike Program

Yosemite National Park has initiated a commuter bike program in El Portal for employees that live within biking distance from work. Beginning last year, the park has made 20 multi-speed touring bikes available in which National Park Service (NPS) employees can check-out and us to commute to work, thus reducing transportation emissions. This also helps alleviate parking congestion issues in El Portal. The program is a partnership with Sustainable Actions and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bikeprogram.htm

Glacier Point Road to Open in Yosemite National Park

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season on tomorrow, Friday, April 20, at 5:00 p.m. There will be limited visitor services available at Glacier Point. Vault toilets will be available, and there will be no running water. There is no projected opening date for the Bridalveil Creek Campground. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gpopen12.htm

Yosemite Medical Clinic to Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

The Yosemite Medical Clinic and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will accept unwanted prescription drugs from members of the public on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The public is asked to bring in any unwanted, expired, and unused prescription drugs for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The Yosemite Medical Clinic is located in Yosemite Valley and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/clinicrx.htm

National Parks Institute Seeks Solutions for a New Generation

More than two dozen executives from around the world who are responsible for conservation of some of the most treasured places on earth are coming to California for help in making sure there’s a future for national parks. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/npi2012.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates 4th Annual “Save the Frogs Day”

Yosemite National Park will be hosting the “Save the Frogs Day” on Saturday, April 28, 2012 beginning at 10:00 a.m. and lasting throughout the day. The public is cordially invited to participate in a day filled with interpretive nature walks, educational booths, films, and special guests, which are all centered on amphibian awareness. All of the events are free and originate in Yosemite Village in front of the Visitor Center. The event is sponsored by the National Park Service, the National Wildlife Federation, Save The Frogs, and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/frogday2012.htm

Fresno State Students Urge Their Peers to Visit and Cherish Yosemite National Park

Fresno State’s advanced public relations students are launching a multi- faceted public relations campaign encouraging students to safely visit and cherish Yosemite National Park. The “Escape, Explore, Exhale: 90 Miles to Your Wild Side” campaign targets young adults and invites Fresno State students to delve into nature and discover the natural beauty of the park this April. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/fresnostate.htm

Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary Logo Unveiled in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park unveiled the logo for the Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary during a ceremony yesterday, April 12, at Yosemite Lodge. Approximately 120 people attended the ceremony, which was held during the quarterly Yosemite Gateway Partners Meeting. The logo was created to help the park plan for the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, which will be commemorated on June 30, 2014. Park Superintendent Don Neubacher and representatives of the gateway communities unveiled the logo. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/logounveil12.htm

Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities

Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day beginning Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29. Many special events and activities are being sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS), DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (the park’s primary concessioner), and the Ansel Adams Gallery. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/npweek2012.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Preliminary Alternative Concepts Workbook is now Available on the Park’s Website

Yosemite National Park announces the availability of the Preliminary Alternative Concepts Workbook for the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan (MRP) on the park’s website today. Hard copies of the workbook will be available next week. The goal of the MRP is to provide visitor access and protect resources within the Merced River corridor. The document provides a look at the preliminary alternative concepts of the MRP. This is the first opportunity for the general public to see what the park has developed, incorporating scientific analysis and public comment. These preliminary alternatives will be refined and become a part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the MRP, which will be released in the fall. Copies of the workbook will also be provided to each individual attending the Workshops/Site Visits. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mrpaltworkbook.htm

Yosemite National Park Ranger James Daniel Abbe Receives Valor Award

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented several prestigious Department of the Interior Valor Awards and the Citizen’s Awards for Bravery to National Park Service rangers, staff and citizens at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. last week. Among the recipients was James Daniel (Dan) Abbe, a Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/abbevalor.htm

Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Offers Academic Enrichment and Wilderness Adventure

NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration today for its Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. The course consists of a two-week backpacking trip where teenage participants create and carry out their own ecological research project and learn about the natural history of the Sierra Nevada. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/summerteenprogram12.htm

Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) in Yosemite National Park to Reopen on Saturday, March 10, 2012

Yosemite National Park announces that the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 within the park) will reopen both lanes of traffic at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The closure and road repairs were necessary after a large rockslide severely damaged the road on Sunday, January 22, 2012. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bofroadreopen312.htm

John Muir Descendent to Retrace Yosemite Valley Hike as One of Yosemite Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures for 2012

Imagine strolling through Yosemite Valley some 140 years ago with naturalist John Muir listening to his poetic descriptions of Half Dome and learning about his legendary adventures. As one of Yosemite Conservancy’s unique Outdoor Adventures in 2012, visitors to Yosemite National Park can take a step back in time by retracing Muir’s steps with his great-great-grandson Robert Hanna and Muir actor Frank Helling. The four-mile hike this April will explore where Muir lived and worked in Yosemite Valley, and his favorite spots and discoveries. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ycjohnmuiradventure.htm

Yosemite National Park = visitors, money and jobs

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 4 million visitors in 2010 spent $354.7 million in Yosemite National Park and in communities near the park. That spending supported more than 4,600 jobs in the area. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ynpeconomy.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Finding of No Significant Impact for the Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Project

Yosemite National Park announces the signing of the Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). This document records the decision of the National Park Service to remove the remaining 72 structures within the closed rockfall hazard zone at Curry Village. This action was described as Alternative 1 – Remove All Structures in the environmental assessment (EA) that was released for public review in August 2011. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/curryfonsi.htm

Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) in Yosemite National Park to Close for Rockslide Repairs

Yosemite National Park announces that the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) within the park will close at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, for the park to repair damage to the road caused by a large rockslide on January 22, 2012. The closure, in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week, is expected to last until early April. Crews will be working around the clock which necessitates a “hard-closure.” https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bofroadrepairclosure212.htm

Yosemite National Park Releases Environmental Assessment for the White Wolf Lodge Rehabilitation Project

Yosemite National Park announces the release of the White Wolf Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA will be available for public review and comment from tomorrow, Friday, February 17, 2012, to Friday, March 23, 2012. The purpose of the White Wolf Lodge Rehabilitation Project is to improve the structural stability, accessibility, and operational efficiency of the main building and duplex cabins. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/whitewolfea.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Public Workshops, Site visits, and Webinars

Yosemite National Park announces a series of Public Workshops, Site Visits, and Webinars for the public to engage in the alternative development process for the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River (MRP). The meetings are a continuation of the park's outreach efforts from last fall in which the public was asked to provide input on what they would like to see included in the management alternatives evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to be released later this year. The MRP is a very important plan and will guide the future management of Yosemite within the Merced River corridor. These spring workshops will be yet another chance for the public to review work in progress and provide input directly to park planners about a range of conceptual approaches to protecting river values and managing use within the corridor. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mrpworkshops212.htm

Highway 120 – Big Oak Flat Road Set to Reopen in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park announces that the Big Oak Flat Road (the continuation of Highway 120) within the park will reopen tomorrow morning, January 28, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. The park’s Roads and Trails Crew worked throughout the week to clear the road of debris and rocks after a large rockfall occurred late last Sunday evening, January 22, 2012. Two lanes have been reestablished on the road and it will be open to unrestricted traffic tomorrow morning. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bofreopen.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Finding of No Significant Impact for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan

Yosemite National Park announces the signing of The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to adopt a long-term plan for the rehabilitation of The Ahwahnee (described as Alternative 3 in environmental assessment released for public review in July 2011). Yosemite National Park announces the signing of The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to adopt a long-term plan for the rehabilitation of The Ahwahnee. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ahwahneefonsi.htm

Yosemite National Park Releases Environmental Assessment for Hiking to Half Dome

Yosemite National Park announces the availability of the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Draft Environmental Assessment for public review. Public comments on the plan will be accepted from today, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 through Thursday, March 15, 2012. The Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan was developed to address crowded conditions, visitor experience, and safety on the Half Dome Trail and encompasses the two mile section from the John Muir Trail to the summit of Half Dome. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hdea2012.htm

Highway 120 Big Oak Flat Road Closed in Yosemite National Park

Due to a large rockfall that occurred at approximately 11:30 last evening, the Big Oak Flat Road (the continuation of Highway 120) is closed in Yosemite National Park. The road is closed between the Foresta Junction on Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Rd.) and the Highway 120/140 (El Portal Road) Junction. Yosemite Valley remains accessible via Highway 140 (El Portal Road) coming from Merced/ Mariposa and via Highway 41(Wawona Rd.) coming from Fresno/ Oakhurst. The Tioga Road remains closed. Foresta Road, between Foresta and El Portal, is not accessible. Yosemite National Park remains open. With a winter storm currently in the park, chain restrictions are in place on some park roads . For 24 hour road and weather information, please call (209)372-0200. The Big Oak Flat Road will remain closed indefinitely. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bofrdclosed12.htm

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Close this Evening

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will close at 7:00 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, January 17, 2012. A series of wet weather systems, with the possibility of heavy snow at the higher elevations, are predicated over the next several days. This possible precipitation, coupled with cold temperatures, will result in hazardous driving conditions on the road. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tiogaclosedagain12.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Extension of Interim Permit Program for the Half Dome Cables

Yosemite National Park will require Day Use Permits seven days per week for climbing the Half Dome cables during the summer 2012 season. This is an extension of the interim permit system that was implemented beginning in 2010. Permits will be required seven days per week to ascend the Half Dome cables. This is part of an interim program designed to address crowding and safety issues on the cables. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hdpermits5.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park starting Saturday, January 14 through Monday, January 16, 2012. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday weekend. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mlkfree12.htm

Yosemite National Park Rangers Staffing in Gateway Community Visitor Centers

Yosemite National Park announces that Park Rangers will be staffing visitor centers in the gateway communities of Mariposa, Oakhurst, and Groveland from Saturday, December 17, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012. Park Rangers will be helping to staff the Mariposa Visitor Center, the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Oakhurst, and the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce in Groveland. The hours of each of the visitor centers varies. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gatewayranger.htm

Yosemite National Park Announces Extension of the Public Scoping Period for the Mariposa Grove Restoration

Yosemite National Park announces the extension of the public scoping period for the Mariposa Grove Restoration Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will close on Friday, February 3, 2012. The socping her period has been open since August, 2011. The Mariposa Grove is the largest of the three giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) groves in Yosemite National Park and was part of the original Yosemite Grant signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 (the rest of the grant included Yosemite Valley). The park is asking for the public to help park managers identify issues and concerns that they would like considered for preparation of the EIS. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mgrovescoping.htm

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Reopen

After a temporary closure, the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public at 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, December 07, 2011. The Tioga Road, the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada in the northern portion of the park, has been temporarily closed due a high wind event in the Yosemite area. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tiogaopenagain11.htm

Body Recovered in Yosemite National Park Positively Identified

Yosemite National Park has positively identified the body of Ramina Badal, 21 year old female, of Manteca, CA. Badal was found in the Merced River, approximately 120 yards below the Vernal Fall footbridge, by a Yosemite National Park Ranger at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011. The footbridge is located approximately a half mile below the base of Vernal Fall. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/vfallsar11d.htm

Body of Missing Man Recovered in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has positively identified the body of Ninos Yacoub, 27 year old male, of Turlock, CA. Yacoub was found in the Merced River, approximately 100 yards below the Vernal Fall footbridge, by a Yosemite National Park Ranger at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. The footbridge is located approximately a half mile below the base of Vernal Fall. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/vfallsar11c.htm

Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park Reopens

After a temporary closure, the Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park has reopened to the public at 11:00 a.m. today, Friday, December 02, 2011. The Hetch Hetchy Road was temporarily closed on Wednesday, November 30 due to a high wind warning in the Yosemite area. Several trees fell along the roadway during the event, causing blocked access to the Hetch Hetchy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy area. Forestry crews were able to access the area this morning and clear the roadway of any remaining debris. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/hhreopen2011.htm

Tioga and Hetch Hetchy Roads to Temporarily Close in Yosemite National Park

The Tioga Road (Highway 120 east of the Crane Flat Gas Station) and the Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closing tonight, Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. A high wind warning has been issued for the Yosemite area starting tonight, through Friday morning, December 2, that may impact driving conditions along the roadway. The Tioga Road and the Hetch Hetchy Road will remain closed until further assessments can be made. An announcement will be made pending additional road closure changes. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/monowinds11.htm

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Reopen

After a temporary closure, the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public at 1:00 p.m. today, Friday, November 25, 2011. The Tioga Road, the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada in the northern portion of the park, has been temporarily closed due to snow and ice. The Tioga Road can close at any time due to winter weather and hazardous driving conditions. Visitors are urged to drive with caution as there may still be ice and snow along the roadway. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/trreopen11.htm

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park Closed for the Season

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park is closed for the season due to ice and snow. The road is currently closed at the Chinquapin and Wawona Road (Highway 41) junction, and will open to Badger Pass once the ski area becomes open. The Tioga Road remains closed at this time due to ice and snow. A winter storm is expected in the Yosemite region Thursday evening and into Friday morning. Over the weekend, the road will be reassessed and there is a slight possibility it will reopen. If the road reopens, the park will issue a news release. All roads within the Yosemite National Park are subject to chain control or temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. Tire chains may be required at any time during the fall and winter season. It is strongly recommended that all motorists carry tire chains while driving in the park during the fall and winter months. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/gprdclosed11.htm

Yosemite National Park Extends Comment Period for the Alternatives Development of the Merced River Plan

Yosemite National Park is currently working on developing alternatives for the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River (MRP). This plan will provide the framework for management decisions regarding the Merced River and the Merced River Corridor in Yosemite National Park. The park contains 81 miles of the Merced River, which was designated a Wild and Scenic River in 1987. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/mrpaltsextension.htm

Yosemite National Park Reopens Roads

After a temporary closure, the Tioga Road in Yosemite National park reopened to the public at noon today, Wednesday, November 16, 2011. The Tioga Road, the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada in the northern portion of the park, has been temporarily closed since November 3, 2011 due to an early season snowstorm that dropped almost a foot of snow in the higher elevations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tiogareopens11.htm

Lottery for Space at Historic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite National Park Ends Nov. 16

Yosemite Conservancy is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2012 season at Ostrander Ski Hut, a popular overnight destination for those making the stunning 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/ostrander11.htm

Yosemite National Park to Waive Fees for Veterans Day Weekend

In celebration of Veterans Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission on Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, 2011. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current and retired members of the United States armed forces and their families. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/veteransday11.htm

Three Roads in Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Overnight

The Tioga Road (Highway 120 east of the Crane Flat Gas Station), the Glacier Point Road, and the Mariposa Grove Road in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closing tonight, Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. A winter weather advisory has been issued and will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. this evening until 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Up to seven inches of snow is expected above 6,000 feet in elevation. Temperature lows are expected to be 11° Fahrenheit tonight, and 5° Fahrenheit by Friday night. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/tiogatempclosure1111.htm

NatureBridge Continues to Build Dynamic Management Team

NatureBridge, the largest non-profit residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, is pleased to name Kristina Rylands as the new NatureBridge director in Yosemite National Park. Additionally, after more than 20 years as a member of the NatureBridge family, the former Director, Leigh Westerlund, branches into a new role as vice president of operations. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/nbteam.htm

Prescribed Burn Rescheduled in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the southern portion of the park near Bishop Creek and Rail Creek along the Wawona Road, on Monday, October 24, 2011. The original burn date was scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2011, but was canceled due to rainy and snowy conditions in the area. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on favorable weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 5,224 acres. The burn area will be broken up into segments, with Segment A being ignited on Monday, and will include 1,400 acres. The remaining acres will be burned at future dates. Fire engines, water tenders, and fire crews from Yosemite National Park and the U.S. Forest Service will be present during all fire activity. https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/bishopfire11b.htm