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Get your money's worth with a trip to Yosemite

May 10, 2010, 8:35 am
It doesn't seem as if $20 would stretch far in today's vacation market, barely enough for two tickets on the Angel Island ferry or to see a 3-D movie. Yet $20 is enough to engage a carload of family or friends for seven days with earth-shattering scenery of rock, ...

New U.S. Quarter to Feature Yosemite National Park

March 25, 2010, 8:03 pm
Yosemite National Park will soon be featured on currency across the country. The United States Mint Director announced the move on Wednesday as part of the "America The Beautiful" quarter series. The series will honor 56 national parks and other historical sites from around the country on quarters. Yosemite's quarter will feature ...

2010 Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Available March 1

March 1, 2010, 7:32 am
Yosemite National Park will implement the Half Dome Cables Day Use Permit Interim Program beginning this summer for ascending the Half Dome cables on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  No permits will be required for the Half Dome cables Monday through Thursday.  Permit reservations will be accepted starting Monday, ...

Top 10 Winter Activities in our National Parks

February 9, 2010, 12:06 pm
While the spring and summer are both great times to visit your favorite national park, why not try taking advantage of all of the winter activities the park has to offer? The crowds are gone and the lots are empty, and you’ll find the perfect spot for peace, quiet ...

Yosemite Lodge rebuild plans delayed

February 8, 2010, 7:21 am
The National Park Service will wait until 2013 to again make plans for rebuilding Yosemite Lodge — 16 years after a flood wiped out half of the motel’s accommodations. A plan to rebuild the lodge had been on the books for years, but officials dropped the $39 million project and ...

Rainier boss to return after Yosemite stint

February 3, 2010, 11:49 am
After 13 months as interim superintendent at Yosemite National Park, Dave Uberuaga will return to run Mount Rainier National Park. Uberuaga learned Tuesday he will not be superintendent at Yosemite. Chosen instead was Don Neubacher, superintendent at Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco, for the past 15 years. Uberuaga ...

Yosemite will require permits for Half Dome hikes, starting in May

February 2, 2010, 7:31 am
In an effort to better regulate the number of hikers using the cable system to the top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park will begin requiring day-use permits for the popular climb when the cables are put back up in May. This interim program, implemented by the National Park Service, ...

Shelton Johnson, park ranger bringing kids to nature

February 1, 2010, 9:01 am
It's sadly uncommon to see images of African-Americans enjoying the natural landscape of our national parks. Rarely does the media feature black characters biking the Amistad National Recreation Area in Texas, hiking up Booker T. Washington National Monument Park in Virginia, or viewing wildlife out at the Devils Postpile ...

Merced museum holds history of goldmining haven

January 12, 2010, 2:07 pm
All museums are not created equal. Some are grand with marble stairs and velvet cushions, housing artifacts that once belonged to royalty. Others are of humble stock, holding within their walls everyday items used by common folks long ago. The Mariposa Museum and History Center is one of many American ...

Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy could go on ballot

January 8, 2010, 7:44 am
In 1910, voters in San Francisco approved a $45 million bond issue for the construction of a water system on the Tuolumne River. In 2010, city residents could vote on a proposal to tear out a key part of the system — Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park. Restore Hetch ...

Yosemite nonprofits join forces

December 18, 2009, 8:07 am
The Yosemite Fund and Yosemite Association, two of Yosemite National Park's major nonprofit groups, said they’re forming a unified nonprofit to support projects and programs that preserve park resources and enrich the visitor experience. "This is an exciting moment for a special place that we all treasure," said the Yosemite ...

Don't forget Badger Pass

December 15, 2009, 7:57 am
As you begin making plans to get up into the Sierra this winter, don't forget about Badger Pass, the small but stellar ski area in Yosemite National Park. They've gotten a decent dump, according to reports from the park, and plan to open for the season this Friday, Dec. 18. I ...

Park ranger a voice for Yosemite

December 11, 2009, 10:59 am
Step into Ranger Shelton Johnson's outdoor theater. It's 19 degrees at snowy Ahwahnee Meadow, and he's speaking almost poetically about the stormy end of autumn. "Last week, it looked like Vincent Van Gogh had been here, painting the alders, Pacific dogwood, cottonwood and California black oak," he says. "Then on ...

Yosemite National Park Announces Badger Pass Ski Shuttle from Oakhurst

December 8, 2009, 7:36 am
A new shuttle bus service for skiers between the Sierra foothills town of Oakhurst and the Badger Pass Ski Area in Yosemite National Park is scheduled to begin along highway 41 on Saturday, December 19. Residents and visitors to the Oakhurst area will be able to board the weekend ...

Learning to love forest fires in Yosemite National Park

December 4, 2009, 12:11 pm
When southern California is consumed by fire, the state employs an arsenal of equipment and manpower to battle the inferno. The key priority is to save lives and homes.An increasingly familiar image of America's Golden State is of water-bombing aircraft dousing the flames as they lick around million-dollar mansions ...