Yosemite National Park

Climbing Community Differs With National Park Service Over Fixed Anchors In Wilderness

If you've ever sat back in El Capitan Meadow in Yosemite National Park to watch climbers ascending that massive granite wall from which the meadow takes its name, odds are you never noticed the "hundreds" of fixed anchors climbers have over the years drilled into that monolith. And yet, they're there.
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For Women Only: 5 Percent Discount On National Park Treks With Call of the Wild

Sorry guys, this offer isn't for you...unless you want to treat your wife, girlfriend, or sister to a "women only" guided trek through some of the West's national park landscapes.

Yosemite Conservancy Hopes to Raise $1.3 Million To Help Youth Experience Yosemite National Park Up Close

While the Obama administration's America's Great Outdoors initiative calls for creation of a Conservation Service Corps to connect youth with nature, the Yosemite Conservancy already has a similar program that brings youth into Yosemite National Park to learn about the outdoors.

2010 National Park System Visitation Dips To 281.3 Million, Down 4.2 Million From 2009

Bad weather, lack of a presidential inauguration, and safety concerns along the Southwestern border with Mexico apparently were the major drivers behind a slight dip in 2010 visitation to the National Park System from 2009 levels.

Doug Hubbard, Former Chief Naturalist at Yosemite National Park, Passes at 92

Doug Hubbard, the chief naturalist at Yosemite National Park between 1955 and 1966 who had a knack for designing interpretive displays that appealed to all ages, has passed away at age 92.
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Half Dome Permits Available For Reservation Beginning March 1

If you want to stand atop Half Dome in Yosemite National Park this summer, start planning your trek. Beginning March 1, you'll be able to reserve a day-use permit for making the journey to the summit this summer.

Keeping Track So They're Never Forgotten: National Park Service Workers Who Died on The Job

The list is long, more than 200 names stretching over a century and then some. It's a somber one, as well, tracking the deaths of National Park Service employees from a wide range of fates, from heart attacks to rockfalls to cold-blooded murder.

Fire Detection and Protection Upgrades Will Close The Ahwahnee In Yosemite National Park for Three Weeks

Repairs to the fire detection and protection systems in The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park will close the elegant landmark for three weeks in February.

Lodging Specials As Low As $29 A Night In Yosemite National Park, But Bring Your Blankets!

The mid-winter lodging specials are under way at Yosemite National Park, but the $29-a-night deal might not be for everyone.

Watching Climate Change Across the National Park System

Across the National Park System many changes are expected from climate change, from more wildfires and vanishing glaciers to invasions of non-native species and flight of long-term residents. Writer/photographer Michael Lanza, concerned that today's park landscapes will change significantly by the time his young kids are his age, has been touring the park system with his family to show his children what they might miss later in life.

National Park Retirees Honor Shelton Johnson With George B. Hartzog Jr. Award

Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson, who gained national attention for his role in the Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, is being honored for his work on behalf of the national parks by the Coalition of National Park Retirees.

The National Park Service Played a Vital Role in the Buffalo Soldiers Mapping Project

The National Park Service's CRGIS facility produced maps of significant Buffalo Soldier sites using data supplied by African American and Indian college students working with the Warriors Project to document the "shared history" of black soldiers and American Indians in the frontier West.

Peeking Inside The Rangers Club At Yosemite National Park

Need a reason to become a National Park Service ranger? Some get to live in really cool accommodations, such as the Rangers Club at Yosemite National Park. This video explores the facility and some of its history.

Report Lists 10 U.S. Ecosystems Whose Species Are Most-Threatened By Climate Change

A new report names the 10 ecosystems in the United States whose species are most-threatened by climate change. Among the parks included in those ecosystems are Yellowstone, Everglades, and Yosemite.
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What Are The Top Issues Confronting The National Park System?

What are the top issues confronting the National Park System? A slew of answers could be tacked onto that question, ranging from sprawl outside park boundaries and habitat fragmentation to pollution.

Rockfall Blocks West Entrance To Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park crews were working to remove a large rock that had fallen onto Highway 140 and was blocking entrance to the park via that route.

2010 in Review: Traveler's Checklists

This year we posted 16 Traveler's Checklists to help you plan your park visits. Did you miss any? Here's a list with handy links.

Chefs' Holidays Coming To Yosemite National Park In January

Good food, great setting...what more could you ask for than what's coming to Yosemite National Park and The Ahwahnee Hotel in January, when top chefs from across the country gather for a culinary celebration.

Miserable Weather Makes for Tough Climbing Rescue in Yosemite National Park

Rescue missions can be tough in the best of weather, but when three climbers are safely plucked from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park amid deteriorating weather, you just have to tip your hat to the climbing rangers and helicopter pilots for getting the job done.

Half-Dome Permit System in Yosemite National Park Will Operate Seven Days a Week in 2011

You can plan on standing in line next year if you intend to hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, and not just because of the long 400-foot final ascent.

Is It Quixotic To Work Towards Restoration of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park?

Many long have dreamed of the day that the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park would be drained of its reservoir and allowed to mirror the more-renowned Yosemite Valley. Those dreams are kept alive by the folks behind Restore Hetch Hetchy.

Study Says Half Dome Permit System In Yosemite National Park Apparently Does Not Enhance Overall Hiker Safety

A permit system implemented for hikers heading to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park does not appear to be improving safety conditions, according to a report that analyzes this past summer's hiking numbers.
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Reader Participation Day: What is the Most Iconic Image Associated With the National Park System?

Yellowstone has Old Faithful, in Yosemite looms Half Dome, and Arches has Delicate Arch. Those are just three settings that are readily identified with national parks. But which view in the National Park System do you think is the most iconic of all when talk turns to parks?

Counting Birds in National Parks This Holiday Season

'Tis is the season for counting birds as the 111th annual Christmas Bird Count rolls out across the country, and more than a few national parks are welcoming you to count birds.

The Navy Converted Yosemite's Luxurious Ahwahnee Hotel to Hospital Use During World War II

The Ahwahnee's 1943-1945 stint as the United States Naval Special Hospital was certainly one of the most interesting episodes in its long and storied history.

Reader Participation Day: What is the Greatest Threat To Our National Parks?

It seems not a week goes by without some dire issue being identified as a threat to the national parks. One week it might be funding woes, another week pollution, another diversity concerns, and then, of course, there's climate change.

A Holiday Gift List For National Park Travelers

What do you get for that national park lover in the family? The options are more diverse than you might imagine.

Winter, A Season of Contrasts Across the National Park System

This week the Traveler offers you a series of stories to help you enjoy the coming months in the national parks. We'll take a look at some great lodges to call home for your visit, point out some cold-weather -- and warm-weather -- parks to enjoy (and how to enjoy them), touch on seasonal wildlife moves, and even offer some suggestions on how to stay safe in the parks.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Glaciers

Last month we let you take a peek "behind the scenes" with Steven Bumgardner and his crew at Yosemite Nature Notes as they were working on a segment about glaciers in Yosemite National Park. Well, here's the resulting product, which is a great primer on the park's glaciers.
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