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 15, 2014
Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park - 2014
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.
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.
December 01, 2014
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.
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 22, 2014
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.
October 20, 2014
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.
October 15, 2014
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.
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 03, 2014
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.
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.
September 18, 2014
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.
September 07, 2014
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.
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.
March 07, 2014
Yosemite National Park Partners with Macy’s “Heart your Park”
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.
March 06, 2014
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.
March 03, 2014
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.