Guide to Events Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act
Monday, June 30
10 am to 11 am: Mariposa GroveMariposa Grove Restoration Groundbreaking Ceremony
The park will be extremely busy for this event. Interested people should plan to take public transportation to the Mariposa Grove and allow for plenty of time to get through the park.
Detailed information is below.
Background: A formal ceremony marks the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, the landmark legislation that set aside Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove in 1864. Several distinguished speakers, Yosemite National Park and California State Parks Mounted Patrol, and other special guests will be at this historic ceremony. Another highlight includes the groundbreaking ceremony for the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Project, a partnership effort between Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy.
Details: This event is open to the public and no tickets or reservations are required. However, there will be no parking available at the Mariposa Grove from 3 pm Sunday, June 29 to approximately 2 pm on Monday, June 30. People interested in attending the event must take a free shuttle.
Shuttles will begin at 6 am and will depart from several locations in the park and south of the park on Highway 41. Two shuttles will leave from the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 6 am and travel to the Mariposa Grove. An additional two shuttles will leave the Valley Visitor Center at 7 am and travel to the Mariposa Grove. The return buses will leave the Mariposa Grove at noon to head back to Yosemite Valley.
Satellite parking, with shuttle service to Mariposa Grove, will be available at Mount Raymond Road (Goat Meadow, Highway 41), South Entrance (Highway 41), Wawona Store/Pioneer Parking Area, Forest Drive (Wawona), Alder Creek Trailhead (Wawona), and Meadow Loop Trailhead near the Wawona Golf Course. Shuttle service from these satellite parking areas will begin at 7 am. Park rangers will direct people wishing to attend the ceremony to a specific parking lot. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Accessible parking will be available at all satellite parking areas and each shuttle is handicap accessible.
The Mariposa Grove will reopen to onsite parking at approximately 2 pm on Monday, June 30.
11 am to 3:30 pm: Yosemite Valley Visitor Center
Shared Heritage Fair and Parks Heritage ProgramBackground: A wide variety of fun, interactive, and educational booths will be open to the public from 11 am to 3:30 pm in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. There will also be free interpretive walks and walks to learn more about Yosemite. Come join representatives from the National Park Service, California State Parks, Yosemite Conservancy, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., The Ansel Adams Gallery, and many others as they talk about exciting programs in Yosemite National Park.
The new museum exhibit, Yosemite, the Grand Experiment, will be open during the Shared Heritage Fair and is located in the Yosemite Museum on the Village Mall. Free showings of Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit will be showing at the Visitor Center Theater, located behind the visitor center, throughout the day.
A special ceremony will be conducted at 3 pm where officials from the National Park Service and California State Parks will talk about the importance of parks and the shared heritage between Yosemite National Park and the California State Park System. This official ceremony marks the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant for the public to take part in.
Details: The Shared Heritage Fair and Parks Heritage Program are open to the public and there are no tickets or RSVP's required. Parking will be available on a limited basis in Yosemite Valley and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Recommended parking areas include the day use parking area in Yosemite Village and the orchard parking area in Curry Village.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.