Longtime Yosemite Wilderness Ranger Retires

Laurel Boyers; WildeBeat photo.
For the last 31 years, Yosemite Park Ranger Laurel Boyers has had your dream job. She's been working for the park, patrolling and managing the wilderness backcountry of Yosemite. In a few days, she'll retire. Our story links to a WildeBeat audio program.

Bay Area Cartoonist with Yosemite Park Focus has Died

Farley Comic Strip; Copyright San Francisco Chronicle
Phil Frank, the author of the comic strip 'Farley' which appears in the San Francisco Chronicle, has died. Only days earlier, he had announced his retirement from the newspaper. Frank had been suffering from a brain tumor. He was 64.
Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite Death is the final appointment we can't avoid, the one we most regret. And yet we're fascinated with tragic deaths such as those that occur in the parks. Indeed, posts on this site about deaths in the parks draw large readership. For those fascinated by such stories, Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite is a must-read.

Dry Conditions Blamed For Bear Problems in Grand Teton, Yosemite

Unseasonably dry conditions are believed to be behind bear problems in both Grand Teton and Yosemite national parks this year, according to officials in those parks.

Yosemite Falls All Dried Up

Yosemite Falls Run Dry; gjenkin photo.
Check out this strange picture. At first glance, it looks like a fake, as if someone has edited out the waterfall. It's the real deal though, Yosemite Falls has dried up this summer. The dry weather has produced a fire hazard this season in Yosemite.

NPS Centennial Projects and Programs Announced

Interior Secretary Kempthorne and NPS Director Bomar; DOI Photo
The long list of projects and programs for the National Park Service Centennial Initiative has been announced today. Secretary Kempthorne and Director Bomar shared the details of the plan for a crowd of reporters in Yosemite National Park.
NPS Doc : Eligible-Proposals-2008.pdf1.47 MB

Missing Hiker in Yosemite Found Dead

An 80-year-old hiker who's been missing in Yosemite since July 30 has been found dead.

Are Car Campers An Endangered Species in National Parks?

Generations of Americans got their first taste of national parks via car camping, that venerable tradition of driving to a park and setting up a tent or two in a roadside campground. That genre of park visitation seems to be slipping these days, though, and at least one car camping veteran blames it on economics -- there's more money to be made in lodgings than campgrounds.

Search For Missing 80-year-old Yosemite Hiker Unfruitfull

It's been a week since an 80-year-old hiker vanished in Yosemite's backcountry, and officials are scaling back the search for her. While they're not giving up entirely, search officials say they have to weigh the risks searchers are being exposed to against the likelihood of finding Ottorina Bonaventura.

S&R Blotter

Search and rescue season is heating up in the parks, with rangers having to respond to a visitor who fell off the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and one lost in Yosemite.

Adventure Seeking in Yosemite with YouTube

Hang glider soaring through Yosemite National Park, with video on YouTube
Camera in hand, adventure seekers are sharing their experiences in Yosemite National Park with the world via YouTube. Three videos here, hang gliding over the valley, a 3000 foot slackline attempt (like a tight rope walk), and a hike up Half Dome with hundreds of other folks. Of the three, the crowds at Half Dome give me the most chills.

Visitation Trends Up In Yosemite, Glacier and Yellowstone

It's only a snapshot, but I'm told that visitation in Yosemite, Glacier, and Yellowstone national parks is on the upswing this year. Exactly why, as usual, is a good question.

Rare Orchid in Yosemite Identified As New Species

The Yosemite bog-orchid is a newly identified orchid species. NPS photo.
Slender as a reed with dainty yellow flowers, the plant was first spied in Yosemite back in 1923. It then seemingly vanished, as its habitat wasn't rediscovered until 1993. However, it wasn't until just recently that botanists knew exactly what they had.

Considering a Hike up Half Dome?

Waiting to Climb Half Dome; San Fran. Chronicle photo by Michael Maloney
An article in the San Francisco Chronicle is worth reading if you have been considering the day hike up Yosemite's Half Dome. Climbing on the weekends in summer can be crowded.

You Want How Much For That Campsite?!?

Ahh, you have to love Americans' capitalistic tendencies. I mean, where else can you spit in the face of someone hoping to enjoy a low-cost stay in a national park by reserving a $20 campsite in Yosemite National Park and then putting it up for auction for $249 on Ebay?

Yosemite Fee Hike Spiked

A Twenty Dolar Bill
Under pressure from the gateway towns surrounding Yosemite, Director Bomar agreed to spike the proposed increase in the park's entrance fee, from $20 to $25.

Obata Exhibit at Yosemite Worth A Stop

The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges, 5th While there are many national park guidebooks out there that include sections on lodging, they don't always cover every possibility, and if they do, it's often just in passing. The solution just might be "The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges," ($18.95 MSRP) a comprehensive, almost encyclopedic, book by David and Kay Scott that launched its fifth edition earlier this year.
Ansel Adams: Our National Parks A book of Ansel Adams' national park photographs. What more needs to be said?