Yosemite National Park

Snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Environmental Extremists in the Obama Administration

What are we to think when a U.S. senator brands Jon Jarvis, a highly respected regional director of the National Park Service, as representing "the extreme policies of the Obama administration"?

Scientists: Climate Change Seems Responsible for A Loss of Large-Diameter Trees in Yosemite National Park

Climate change with its warmer and drier seasons appears to be responsible for a decline in large-diameter trees across much of Yosemite National Park, according to a recently released study.
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Know When to Say When – Stranded Visitor Rescued from Tiny Ledge at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite rescue
Rangers at Yosemite National Park have seen plenty of visitors in perilous situations, but apparently even they were shocked when they saw the dire situation of a man stranded on a tiny ledge.

National Park Quiz 63: Pools

The theme of this week’s quiz is a term that has at least 13 different meanings. We’ll pretty much stick with the standard connotation, but not entirely. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you clean the Traveler wishing well and count all the pennies.

Technology a Key in 3 Recent Rescues at Yosemite National Park

Rescue at Yosemite July 6.
The combination of highly skilled rescue personnel and modern technology made three recent rescues at Yosemite National Park amazingly quick and efficient operations. Not so many years ago, such situations would have required many hours or even days and a small army of rescuers.

Yosemite National Park Returns To Square One on Yosemite Valley Plan

After a series of legal setbacks, Yosemite National Park officials once again are setting out on the path to develop an acceptable development plan for the Yosemite Valley, one that is expected to fully take into consideration impacts to the wild and scenic Merced River.

Park Shuttle Bus Systems are Growing in Popularity Around the Country.

Shuttle bus systems are growing in popularity as one way to reduce the impacts of private vehicles on parks—and on the experience of visitors. Here's a look at some of those systems at NPS sites around the country.

Two Forest Fires Burning In Yosemite National Park

If you're planning to spend the holiday weekend in Yosemite National Park, you might run into smoky conditions on occasion due to two fires burning in the park.

Rescued Park Visitors Return to Yosemite National Park to Thank Good Samaritan

Ranger Abbe and the pair he rescued
In today's busy world, we don't often hear about recipients of a good deed taking time to formally thank a Good Samaritan. Two California residents made it a point to return to Yosemite National Park recently to thank a ranger they credit with saving their lives.

Softness Continues To Be the Story Across National Park Lodging

Though summer is officially here and the Fourth of July is within sight, there continues to be a softness in the demand for lodging space in the national parks this summer and into the fall.

Field Notes From Yosemite: Yosemite's High Country, A Tradition in Educational Excellence

Nestled peacefully in Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows, at roughly 8,600 feet above sea-level, sits Parsons Memorial Lodge, a modest fieldstone structure built in 1915 to celebrate the life and good works of Edward Taylor Parsons. It’s surrounded by some of the most recognized topographical icons in the Sierra Nevada, such as Cathedral Peak, Unicorn Crest, Mountains Dana and Gibbs.

Badger Pass Icon Nic Fiore Passes; Taught Thousands to Ski At Yosemite National Park's Ski Area

Nic Fiore, an icon at Yosemite National Park's Badger Pass Ski area, has died at the age of 89. During his 57-year-career at Bridger Pass he taught an estimated 137,500 people how to ski.

Apparent Fall Attributed For Death of Concession Worker at Yosemite National Park

There's been another death in Yosemite National Park. Rangers say a 23-year-old concession company employee from Florida apparently fell to his death from a cliff above Mirror Lake in the Yosemite Valley.

The National Park to Park Highway

In the early 1900s, some national parks existed, but getting to them was problematic. Then was born the idea to develop a "National Park-to-Park Highway," one that would run through 11 states and connect 13 national parks.

Update: Officials Release Name of Half Dome Victim

The hiker killed in a fall from Half Dome on Saturday afternoon was a 40-year man from of San Ramon, California.

Paraplegic Soldier Uses Courage, Determination, and 4,254 Pull-ups to Climb El Capitan

Though gravely injured in Iraq, paraplegic British soldier Phil Packer has since tackled a series of daunting physical challenges to raise money for charity. Major Packer’s latest achievement was a climb of Yosemite’s El Capitan. There’s video coverage of this remarkable feat.

Half Dome Hiker Falls to His Death in Yosemite

Dangerous weather conditions apparently played a role in the death of a male hiker who fell from Half Dome Saturday afternoon.

Surprise Tour Bus Inspections at Yosemite Yield Disturbing Results

A surprise inspection of commercial tour buses at Yosemite National Park turned up numerous safety concerns. Over half the buses inspected were cited for violations and two were immediately removed from service.

By the Numbers: Memorial Day Weekend at Yosemite National Park

A busy day at a popular park generates lots of incidents for rangers to handle.

Cyclist in Yosemite National Park Dies in Collision With Auto

A cyclist in Yosemite National Park died recently when he collided with an automobile on Southside Drive.

National Park Quiz 58: Tunnels

Tunnel vision is one thing, but tunnel knowledge is quite another matter. See if you can sort things out in this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you hold the steel for a cross-eyed sledge wielder.

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?
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