July 01, 2015
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.
June 30, 2015
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.
June 17, 2015
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.
June 16, 2015
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.
June 05, 2015
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.
June 02, 2015
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.
June 01, 2015
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.
May 21, 2015
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.
May 13, 2015
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.
May 07, 2015
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
May 01, 2015
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.
April 28, 2015
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.
April 28, 2015
NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders (2015)
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.
April 23, 2015
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.
April 15, 2015
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.
April 09, 2015
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.
April 06, 2015
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.
March 31, 2015
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.
March 30, 2015
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.
March 27, 2015
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.
March 25, 2015
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.
March 24, 2015
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.
March 23, 2015
Missing Hiker Found Alive in Yosemite National Park (3/2015)
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.
March 23, 2015
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.
March 16, 2015
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.
March 10, 2015
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.
March 03, 2015
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.
February 25, 2015
Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park (February 2015)
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.
February 23, 2015
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.
February 10, 2015
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.
February 04, 2015
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for President’s Day Weekend (2015)
Yosemite National Park will waive entrance fees from Saturday, February 14 to Monday, February 16, 2015 in commemoration of President’s Day.
January 30, 2015
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.
January 28, 2015
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.
January 12, 2015
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015
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.
December 03, 2014
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.
November 20, 2014
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.
November 19, 2014
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.
November 18, 2014
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.
November 06, 2014
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.
October 28, 2014
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.
October 10, 2014
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.
October 08, 2014
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.
October 07, 2014
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.
October 07, 2014
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.
October 07, 2014
Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park (October 2014)
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.
October 01, 2014
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.
September 23, 2014
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.
September 23, 2014
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.
August 28, 2014
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.
August 22, 2014
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.
August 20, 2014
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.
August 07, 2014
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.
August 01, 2014
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.
July 16, 2014
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.