Half Dome Cables To Be In Place Friday At Yosemite National Park

Winter must be over in the Sierra, for the cables up the shoulder of Half Dome will be in place Friday at Yosemite National Park.

National Park Service Rangers Honored For Valor On The Job

National Park Service rangers from across the park system have been honored by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for valor in the line of duty.

Yosemite National Park Warns Visitors That Using Drones In The Park Is Illegal

Using drones to capture climbers on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park might produce an interesting video, but it's illegal, park officials are pointing out.

Opinion | Yosemite's Merced Wild And Scenic River Plan: Brought To You By Billionaires And Their Politicians

I chose a sandy spot near a copse of willows south of the river near Sentinel Bridge. What better place to sit and ponder the recently released plan to protect the Merced as it flows through Yosemite National Park?

Wilderness Under Siege, The Ongoing Battle Over Public Lands In America

Is there too much public land in America? Some think so, which is why it's important to understand the ongoing battle over those lands, whether they fall under the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, or U.S. Bureau of Land Management or other federal land manager.

Rockfall East Of Wapama Falls Above Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Closes Trail To Rancheria Falls

Yosemite National Park crews have a huge task ahead of them: clearing a boulder field that slid across about 400 feet of the trail to Rancheria Falls near the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

200-Mile Backpacking Trek Through Yosemite National Park Produces Amazing Video

The Range of Light Film Festival staged in Yosemite National Park last month brought to the screen many incredible videos, including this five-odd-minute version worth your attention if you pine for the high Sierra.

$10 Million In Renovations To Yosemite Lodge At The Falls Completed

A sweeping $10 million renovation of Yosemite Lodge At The Falls in Yosemite National Park has been completed, with improvements to guest rooms as well as Americans with Disabilities Act access updates.

Essential Park Guide, Spring 2014: Teach Your Children Well, National Parks As Learning Centers

Climate change. Glaciology. Sustainability. These are not the subjects that leap to mind when you consider sending your kids to summer camp. But blend them with backpacking, canoeing, or a walk in the woods, and the result is a generation with not only a better connection with nature, but perhaps a career path.

Essential Park Guide, Spring 2014: Spring Into The Parks

While spring in some parks (mostly those in the Rockies, Sierra, and Pacific Northwest) is rightfully described as “mud season,” there are some great early season hikes—and some wonderful camping—to be found across the National Park System. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights.

Videos Offer A Plow Operator's View Of The Challenges Of Spring Road Openings In Parks

Millions of winter-weary residents of the Upper Midwest and Northeast hope they can soon put away their snow shovels for the current season, but in a number of national parks, the job of clearing snow from roads in preparation for the upcoming summer season is just getting underway. It's a mammoth job indeed, and these videos offer some interesting views from the cabs of the plows.

National Park-Scented Clothing? You Can Do That!

Ahhh, the sweet scent of national parks. You've had the chance to freshen your bathrooms with it, and now you can leave your clothes smelling park fresh!

Public Education Program Leads To Reduced Bear Incidents In Yosemite National Park

Not too many years ago there was a study that identified the type of vehicles Yosemite National Park's bears liked to break into for a meal. Now a new study says improved efforts to keep bears away from human foods has been a tremendous success in the park.

Should Jessie Benton Fremont Be Remembered With A Mountain In Yosemite National Park?

Naming geographic features can be a touchy thing, and when a call is made to rename one, well, a good debate likely ensues. That's the case with efforts by some to rename Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Wild And Scenic River Plan Will Halt Roadside Parking

Though it's called a "wild and scenic river plan," roadside parking will be a victim of the approach Yosemite National Park officials are taking to protect the Tuolumne River.
Philanthropy and the National Park Service National park partners -- friends groups and cooperating associations -- are integral to the health of the National Park System in these days of economic malaise and political dogfighting. But is the National Park Service properly leveraging, or even monitoring, those groups? Not according to a book examining park philanthropy.

President's FY15 Budget Proposal For National Park Service Requests Slight Increase

President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget contains a slight, $55 million increase for the National Park Service, though that number could swell to more than $650 million if Congress goes along with the president's vision.

Yosemite National Park's Restored Cemetery Preserves Ties To The Park's Rich History

Any cemetery contains links to our past, but one located in Yosemite National Park is especially rich in its connections to the early history of Yosemite. On March 3 a ceremony will celebrate three events: a restoration project for the old cemetery, and the birthdays of both a man and an event closely linked to the story of the park.

Which National Park Drives Are On Your 2014 Calendar?

With the travel season not too far off, you should be planning your national park adventures. If you're looking for a great scenic drive, we offer the following for your consideration.

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Design A National Park?

If you were given a blank piece of paper, and asked to design a national park, what would you consider to be indispensable?

Yosemite National Park Planners, Critics, At Odds Over Merced River Plan

Were Frederick Law Olmstead, or his son, alive today, they likely would much prefer the view of Yosemite National Park from their namesake overlook along the Tioga Pass Road, and not from the floor of the Yosemite Valley.

The Book That Launched A Thousand Parks: Wilderness And The American Mind

Roderick Nash's 5th edition of his seminal work, Wilderness and the American Mind, should serve as a reminder of the underlying value of nature in the raw, a value that shouldn't be trivialized.

Photography In The National Parks: Put People In Your Shots For Perspective And Interest

I am a natural born writer but did not realize my passion for story-telling until finding photography with which to illustrate my words. Personally, I don't see the point in telling a story if it can't be punctuated by images.

Don't Be Surprised To Hear National Park Visitation Dropped Last Year

When the National Park Service finalizes its visitation numbers for last year, don't be surprised to hear there was a decline from the 283 million tally made in 2012.

Yosemite National Park's Final Merced River Plan Boosts Camping, Lodging Numbers In Yosemite Valley

Barring another lawsuit, a nearly 40 percent increase in campground space and 5 percent more lodging will be allowed in the Yosemite Valley under the final Merced River plan released Friday by the National Park Service.

Remembering John Lowry Dobson, Evangelist For Interpreting The "Other Half" Of Our National Parks

John Lowry Dobson (1915-2014) amateur telescope maker, co-founder of the Sidewalk Astronomers, and an evangelist for interpreting the "other half" of our national parks, dies at age 98

"Bears In My Kitchen" Offers A Look At Life In The Parks In An Earlier Era

Many of us have some occasional moments of nostalgia—or perhaps just a bit of curiosity—about life in our parks during what we presume was a less frantic world a generation or two ago. If that's the case, and you'd like to get a peek at life as a ranger and his spouse in Yosemite and several other western national parks in the 1930s and 1940s, you'll likely enjoy reading a book that's a park's classic: Bears in my Kitchen.

A History Of Yosemite Nature Notes...In A Video

Starting in 1922 as a type-written news sheet, Yosemite Nature Notes the periodical went on to become a charming magazine with more than 400 issues during its 40 years of publication.

"Muir's Ride" Will Range From San Francisco Bay Area To Yosemite National Park

This year's edition of "Muir's Ride," part of a campaign to see the Hetch Hetchy Valley of Yosemite National Park drained of its water and restored, will stretch from the San Francisco Bay Area to Yosemite.

Reader Participation Day: What Are The Most Unnerving Trails In A National Park?

Hiking is a popular activity in our parks, and trails—long and short, easy to arduous—provide almost unlimited opportunities for us to stretch our legs or challenge our abilities. Whether a hike on a particular trail seems "scary" is a pretty subjective question, since our tolerance for steep drop-offs, uncertain footing or other factors varies widely from person to person.