Updated: Yosemite National Park Rangers Investigating Reports Of Visitors Swept Over Vernal Fall

Yosemite National Park officials were presuming Wednesday that three visitors who were swept over Vernal Fall were killed in the incident, though a search continued for their remains.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agrees Whitebark Pines Need Help From Climate Change, But Will Have To Wait

Whitebark pine trees, a foundation species that grows high in the upper reaches of parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Yosemite, and Kings Canyon, is in need of Endangered Species Act protection from climate change, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Chimani's Library Of National Park Apps Continues To Grow

Chimani continues to grow its library of national park apps for iPhones and Droids.

National Park Quiz 96: Ringer V

Nine of the first ten questions in this quiz are true. Can you tell which one is false? You might want to try the two bonus questions too.

Capturing Moonbows In the Waterfalls of Yosemite National Park, the Video

Those nights that coincide with the full moon over Yosemite National Park bring out an unusual park park visitor, one who goes in search of "moonbows" that rise above the park's waterfalls. Check out this 7-minute video to gain an appreciation for the phenomenon.

Artist Setting Out To "Paint the National Parks"

Following in the footsteps, and brushstrokes, of Frederick Church, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Moran, a New York-based painter plans to spend the next few months exploring the National Park System and "painting the national parks."
Pilgrims of the Vertical: Yosemite Rock Climbers and Nature at Risk For anyone who has spent just a few days in Yosemite National Park, know that rock climbing and rock climbers are an important part of the history of this legendary park. It literally goes back to the Second Great Age of Discovery (if not further) when geologists Clarence King and Josiah Whitney scrambled from one Sierra peak to the next in search of a knowable “earth age.”

Can, And Should, The Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park Be Restored?

Though it's missing a Half Dome, the twin to the Yosemite Valley has been described by none other than John Muir as "one of nature's rarest and most precious mountain temples.” But since 1923 the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park has been submerged, a victim of sorts to thirsty San Franciscans, but one that more than a few believe should be drained and brought back to life.
Can you imagine another Yosemite Valley? Another granite-lined canyon graced by feathery waterfalls and split by a placid river running through its meadows and forests? It exists, but since 1923 the wonders of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park have been under water, Tuolumne River water backed up by the O'Shaugnessy Dam and stored for the needs of San Francisco’s residents.

Reader Participation Day: Have Campground Or Lodging Reservations Gotten Too Hard to Obtain In Some National Parks?

Has the difficulty in obtaining a reservation for either a campsite or lodge room in a national park become too much hassle to deal with in some cases?

With Summer Arriving Tomorrow, Don't Find Yourself In National Park Search-and-Rescue Reports

With summer officially getting under way tomorrow, more and more folks will be heading out to the national parks for some summer fun. Just be sure to be careful out there so you don't find yourself added to a search-and-rescue report as these folks were.

Doggone! Pursuit of Squirrel Takes Dog Over the Edge at Yosemite National Park

Cats, not canines, are reputed to possess those mythical "nine lives," but if dogs could talk, the lead character in a recent incident at Yosemite National Park might debate the point just a bit.

Visit Your Park: Yosemite National Park

As awe-inspiring as the Yosemite Valley is, it is not the length and breadth of Yosemite National Park, but rather only one measure of this High Sierra beaut. Sadly, a surprising number of people never venture out of the valley with its towering granite walls and, in season, wispy waterfalls, to explore the other wonders of the park.

Reader Participation Day: What Draws You To Yosemite National Park, Big Rock Or Big Water?

When you first enter the imposing valley at Yosemite National Park, your eyes are drawn both to the towering walls of granite that frame the valley, as well as the wispy waterfalls. But which brings you to the park?

Chimani Adds Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Its Library of National Park Phone Apps

Add Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the number of national park apps Chimani has in its growing library.

Yosemite National Park Officials Instituting Reservation Program Changes To Stop Campsite Scalping

With hopes of bringing an end to the scalping of campsites, Yosemite National Park officials will require that visitors show some identification to claim their campsites, and won't allow reservations to be transferred to anyone else.

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Tunnel View aspect of the Yosemite Valley, copyright Ian Shive, www.waterandsky.com

As awe-inspiring as the Yosemite Valley is, it is not the length and breadth of Yosemite National Park, but rather only one measure of this High Sierra beaut. Sadly, a surprising number of people never venture out of the valley with its towering granite walls and, in season, wispy waterfalls, to explore the other wonders of the park.

And that's their loss.

Backpacker Magazine's National Parks Collector's Edition

Backpacker magazine has devoted its June issue to the national parks, and the 112-page mag packs quite a lot of information -- including some great features on park destinations and a discussion-spurring list of parks the editor-in-chief would do away with in favor of new units -- between the covers.

New Exhibit at Yosemite National Park Offers an Engaging Glimpse into a Bygone Era

A visit to Yosemite National Park in 2011 will certainly be a much different experience than a similar trip in decades past, and a new exhibit in the park will offer a wide-ranging and thought-provoking look at a Yosemite that's gone but perhaps not totally forgotten.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Yosemite Valley

From Wawona Hotel near the south entrance of Yosemite National Park the ride to the Yosemite Valley is relatively short, but the scenery is incredible different...and so are the lodging possibilities, as David and Kay Scott relate in the following dispatch.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Wawona Hotel In Yosemite National Park

From Kings Canyon National Park, lodging connoisseurs David and Kay Scott headed north to Yosemite National Park, where they checked into the Wawona Hotel to work on an update to their book, The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges.

Updated: Yosemite National Park Officials Have No Timetable For Opening Tioga Road

Add another iconic national park road that won't be open for travel this Memorial Day Weekend: the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park.

Take Traveler With You On Your Next National Park Trip

Leaving your laptop or desktop computer behind when you head to a national park doesn't mean you have to leave the Traveler behind, too. Through an exclusive agreement with Chimani, LLC you can now subscribe to the Traveler's feed on your iPhone.

Pacific Fisher Denning in Yosemite National Park

A young Pacific fisher, a cousin to the weasel, has been denning in the southern reaches of Yosemite National Park, the first time biologists have been able to confirm such activity in the park.
My First Summer in the Sierra: Illustrated Edition A century after John Muir published "My First Summer in the Sierra," a 100th anniversary edition of the book has been released, one with striking photography.

Reader Participation Day: Has The National Park Service Been Led Astray By Congress and Become A Catchall Agency?

Earlier this week we had a spirited discussion of whether the National Park Service needs to add a site to honor Cesar Chavez, who orchestrated the farm labor movement in the 1960s. That discussion nips at a larger question: Has Congress led the Park Service astray and turned it into a catchall agency?

Heavy Winter Snows Create a Waterfall Show But Slow Some Openings at Yosemite National Park

Waterfall fans rejoice! Unusually heavy snows this past winter at Yosemite National Park have created a waterfall extravaganza—and some challenges for park crews trying to prepare roads and trails for the summer. Early season visitors should expect delayed openings for some high country areas.

Reflecting On The "State Of The National Parks" In The Wake Of National Park Week

Handling endangered and threatened species and off-road vehicles, scalping campsite reservations, and the interpreting of parks by smartphone are among the things to wonder about in the wake of National Park Week.

Road Trip 2011: The National Park Lodges

"On the road again." That's what David and Kay Scott soon will be singing, as our lodging experts are heading out on a swing through the National Park System to update their book on national park lodges. And you're invited to tag along.