National Park Lodging Concessionaires Creating Their Own Stimulus Plans

In this summer of economic discontent, businesses that operate lodgings in the National Park System are coming up with their own strategies for luring visitors.

How Familiar Are You With Yosemite National Park?

Standing in the Yosemite Valley, it's easy to spot Half Dome, El Capitan, even Nevada Fall. But would you recognize those features from a jetliner?

How Did 1940s-era Visitors View Yosemite National Park? Check Out This Video

How did visitors view Yosemite National Park in the 1940s? This grainy video, which runs nearly 13 minutes, gives some insights.

Ride the Rails to Yosemite National Park

Train travel is a throwback back to a more romantic era in the United States, a form of transportation that often was the easiest way to traverse long distances. Today, with rising gas prices, it can also be an affordable way to travel to some national parks.

Young Woman Missing After Falling into Merced River in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park rangers are searching for a young woman who fell into the Merced River below the Vernal Fall footbridge.

National Park Quiz 55: Climbing

This week’s national park quiz will find out how much you know about climbing in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Placing protection without due regard for security has been the last mortal act of many a weekend climber.”

Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park to Open Wednesday

It will be a bit easier to negotiate Yosemite National Park on Wednesday. That's when the Tioga Road will open for the summer.

Cables Are In Place On Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Getting up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park got a little easier this past weekend. That's because the cables that give you something to hold onto as you scale the shoulder of the dome were put up for the season.

Don't Take National Park Landscapes for Granted

How comfortable have we become with national park settings? With the big sweep of granite that frames the Yosemite Valley, with Old Faithful's not-quite-so-faithful demonstrations of steam and hot water, with the fall's colorful deciduous forests of Great Smoky and Shenandoah?

Billing For Search and Rescue Missions -- Yes, or No?

Should search-and-rescue subjects be billed for the cost of their rescue? It's long been a thorny issue, one that organizations that respond to SARs long have opposed.
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National Park Quiz 52: Celebrities

This week’s national park quiz marks the completion of one whole year’s worth of these puzzlers. Can you believe it? Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll sic the paparazzi on you.

Staying Safe and How Not to Become A SAR Statistic in the National Park System

If you subconsciously want to become a search-and-rescue statistic in the National Park System, your best chance would be in either Grand Canyon National Park, Gateway National Recreation Area, or Yosemite National Park.
Opening the Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park is as much-awaited as is the clearing of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. This short video gives you an idea of what Yosemite crews must do to clear the road.

UPDATED: Officials Confirm Recent Rockfall in Yosemite National Park was the Largest in Decades

map of Yosemite Valley rockfalls
Park officials have confirmed that a recent rockfall at Yosemite National Park was in fact the largest such documented event in the park more in than two decades. Part of a popular trail buried by the debris from the event remains closed.

Where Does Your Reservation At Yosemite National Park Stand?

Rockfalls at Yosemite National Park have created a lodging problem in the Yosemite Valley, but it might not be as bad as you were initially led to think.

National Park Quiz 47: Spring

Spring arrived at 11:44 UT last Friday, March 20, so let’s make spring the key word for this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 101 times: “The celestial coordinate system that employs the vernal equinox as the origin of the ecliptic longitude is known as the ecliptic coordinate system.”

Sections of Pacific Crest Trail Poached by Mountain Bikers; Could Problems Arise in National Parks?

The Pacific Crest Trail ranges from Canada to Mexico, running through Washington, Oregon, and California along the way, traversing not one but seven units of the National Park System in the process. While mountain bikers are not supposed to use the trail, recently some have been poaching sections in California.

National Park Quiz 46: Glaciers

This week’s quiz is all about glaciers and glaciation in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Eskers, depositional landforms composed of stratified gravel and sand, characteristically exist as long, narrow, sinuous ridges with steep sides.”

National Park Quiz 45: Green

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away, so this week’s quiz will see if you’re ready to start thinking green. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “The shamrock of Irish legend is a three-leaf clover symbolizing the Holy Trinity.”

Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park Could Shut Down For Structural Strengthening

Yosemite National Park officials hope to learn in June whether they'll have the money needed to strengthen The Ahwahnee Hotel against earthquakes, a project that could shutter the iconic lodge for two years.
True, for many the main appeal of Yosemite National Park are the soaring cliffs that frame the Yosemite Valley. But if you pay a little closer attention to the landscape, you'll see its many colorful calling cards.

Campers in Yosemite National Park in 1901 Were "Somewhat Troublesome"

Early campers in Yosemite National Park.
Bob Janiskee posted a recent story on the Traveler entitled, "Believe it or Not, Yosemite National Park Once had a Zoo." Some wags might suggest that title could also refer to campgrounds in Yosemite Valley in times past—and a old government report suggests they'd be correct.

South Korean Climber Safe After Being Swept By Avalanche From Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

A South Korean climber who was swept by an avalanche down the granitic flanks of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is recovering from his ordeal, which left him with a broken femur.

Believe it or Not, Yosemite National Park Once had a Zoo

Tourists visiting Yosemite National Park in the 1920s could view mountain lions, a bear, and deer kept in cages and enclosures. Despite drawing heated criticism, this wacky zoo persisted for more than a decade before finally being abolished in 1932.

Major Bike Race Will Affect Yosemite Traffic on February 18, 2009

Scene from a previous Amgen bike race.
If your plans for Wednesday, February 18, 2009 include travel to or from Yosemite National Park, factor in some extra time. The largest cycling event in America, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, will be passing through the Yosemite National Park vicinity.

2008 Visitation to the National Parks Up and Down, But Essentially Flat

Visitation to the National Park System in 2008 was, essentially, flat from the year before. There were spikes in some areas, and deep drops in others, but overall the 275 million visitors who were counted represented just 800,000 fewer than in 2007, according to preliminary data from the National Park Service.
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Yosemite National Park Rockfall Sprays Cars Near The Ahwahnee Hotel

Eight-hundred tons of rock plunged to the ground behind the Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park the other day, injuring no one but damaging a windshield in a parked car.

How Can Yosemite National Park's Magnificent Vistas Be Preserved?

To say Yosemite National Park is an eyeful is an understatement. Everywhere you look it seems there's something to fix your gaze on -- Half Dome, Glacier Point, El Capitan, Tenya Lake. But how can we preserve those vistas for future generations?

National Park Quiz 39: Winter

This week’s quiz will find out if you are a winterwise park visitor. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain why the Bergeron-Findeisen process grows snowflakes only because the equilibrium vapor pressure of water vapor with respect to ice is less than that with respect to liquid water at the same subfreezing temperature.

It's Not Too Early To Start Planning This Summer's National Park Vacation

Sure, the calendar says January, there's a lot of snow out there across the country, and you haven't even thought about filing your income taxes. But it's still not too early to begin planning your national park vacation for this summer.