A half-century after the California red-legged frog and western pond turtle disappeared from Yosemite Valley, in large part because of decisions made by humans, both species will be reintroduced to lake, river, or meadow habitats beginning this summer.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park's scenic namesake valley long has had parking woes, and park officials are experimenting with a plan to allow you to reserve a parking space in advance of your visit.
The majesty of Yosemite is all around. Just across from Glacier Point Lower and Upper Yosemite falls plummet thousands of feet. To the right the Merced River feeds Nevada Fall, then Vernal Fall, emptying into America’s grandest landscape. Cloud’s Rest and Half Dome, of course, anchor the horizon to the east, while deep in the valley the forests, meadows, and river murmur.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art, just north of Jackson, Wyoming, is joining the centennial celebration of the National Park Service by hosting a number of park-themed exhibitions and events this summer.
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 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.