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April 23, 2014
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.

April 16, 2014
Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park (April 2014)
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.

April 15, 2014
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.

April 11, 2014
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.

April 10, 2014
Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities (2014)
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.

April 07, 2014
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.

April 03, 2014
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.

April 02, 2014
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.

March 26, 2014
NatureBridge Announces Wells Fargo Scholarships for Teens in California’s Central Valley (2014)
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.

March 13, 2014
Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
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.

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 04, 2014
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.

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.

February 28, 2014
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

February 20, 2014
Yosemite National Park Commemorates Restoration of Yosemite Cemetery
Yosemite National Park Commemorates Restoration of Yosemite Cemetery

February 19, 2014
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

February 18, 2014
NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders 2014
NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders (2014)

February 14, 2014
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.”

February 10, 2014
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.

February 04, 2014
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.

January 13, 2014
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.

January 10, 2014
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.

December 12, 2013
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.

December 02, 2013
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.

November 25, 2013
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.

November 25, 2013
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).

November 20, 2013
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.

November 04, 2013
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.

October 31, 2013
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.

October 24, 2013
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.

October 21, 2013
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Future Anniversary Events in Gateway Communities
Fall pageantry and warm temperatures invite visitors back to a reopened Yosemite.

 

Did You Know?

Merced River Gorge

Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.