Tours of Yosemite Valley Being Offered In Spanish

"Green dragon" tours of the Yosemite Valley now offer a Spanish language audio component. Delaware North photo.

Hablo Espanol? If so, you might be interested to know that tours of the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park are being offered in Spanish.

The bilingual tours are being made possible by a collaboration between the National Park Service and Delaware North Companies, the park's main concessionaire. According to a release from the two, the popular two-hour "Green Dragon" tram tours of the valley now offer a Spanish language audio supplement.

"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with the National Park Service, bringing a new medium of interpretive messaging to the Hispanic community," said Dan Jensen, chief operating officer for authorized concessioner DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. "We're confident our Spanish-speaking guests will be equally impressed with this addition to the traditional Park Ranger interpretive tour in English."

John Hernandez, executive director for the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, had similar accolades. "These Spanish tours are going to be a big factor in opening doors for the Hispanic community," said Mr. Hernandez. "The new audio presentation is going to help increase visitation to Yosemite National Park, and add to the enjoyment of learning about the Park's history and geology. Yosemite is the crown jewel of the national park system, and I am delighted that these Spanish tours will now be available."

Those seeking to hear the tour in Spanish need only request the free rental of an iPod and head phones at the Tour Desk, located in the front lobby of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. The professionally recorded and mastered interpretive messaging provides 18 descriptions of Yosemite Valley locations in Spanish.

Brian Wright, marketing director for DNC at Yosemite, said officials are looking at producing additional audio tours in other languages. He said Spanish was chosen for the first non-English tour because of the park's outreach to Hispanics in the region.

There was no immediate word whether additional audiotapes in other languages would be added to the program.