Spring in Yosemite National Park following a wet winter is spectacular. Waterfalls roaring, thundering, pouring over granite cliffs, cascading down boulder-strewn canyons. Rainbows in waterfalls. Merced River at flood stage. Lush green meadows. Trees bursting with new spring growth. Lovely white blossoms on graceful branches of dogwood trees reaching out over the Merced River. Snow-capped peaks in the backcountry.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day Weekend and is advising visitors that "severe traffic congestion is expected and will result in delays getting into and moving about the park."
Legal wrangling over the ownership of trademarks to iconic facilities in Yosemite National Park could commence sooner than expected following a decision by the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to remove itself, at least temporarily, from the fray.
More than two dozen Native American baskets made by Julia Parker have been donated to Yosemite National Park, where they will be on display in the park museum.
Matt Holly is a lifelong parks and maps enthusiast. He put his interests together and created the website National Park Maps, which now has more than 1,000 free maps.
Most avid hikers know Half Dome. In fact, as the signature landmark for Yosemite National Park, its image is recognized worldwide. It’s even on the 2005 U.S. quarter. From late-May to early-October, visitors can attempt this extremely strenuous 16-mile round-trip day hike. The main challenge is the nearly one mile vertical climb from the valley. Then there’s the final 425 feet, aided by a 45-degree inclined cable banister.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for the recovery of a sign that for 86 years had welcomed guests to The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park before vanishing a few days before the National Park Service renamed the hotel rather than accept terms offered by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite for use of the trademarked hotel name.
Iconic images from the National Park Service’s first century are captured forever in three limited-edition coins from the U.S. Mint, and proceeds raised from selling the coins will help shape the next 100 years through projects and programs.
After years of drought, the Sierra is back on track. Snow-wise, that is. Winter 2015-16 has been particularly bountiful compared to recent winters, and by mid-February the Sierra snowpack was standing at 99 percent of normal, with more snow in the forecast.