Yosemite National Park

Summer Special: Visiting National Parks by Train

If you'd like to visit some parks this summer but don't relish the thought of airport security hassles or long hours in the car, perhaps train travel is the answer. Here's a sampling of options for trips to parks around the country via Amtrak.

Summer Special: Windshield Touring in the Western Parks

The windshield touring season will see motorists from all over America and the world converging on the scenic drives in our national parks. Here are some traverses, loops, and shuttles in the western parks that belong on anybody's short list.

Summer Special: Choosing A National Park River To Float

So many rivers and so many different paddling experiences can be found in the National Park System. So how do you figure out which one you want to float on your summer vacation?

Traveler Welcomes Eastern National and O.A.R.S.

A cooperating association that has been developing educational and interpretive materials for units of the National Park System since 1947 and an outfitter that can take you down rivers in some of the West's most iconic national parks are the latest organizations and businesses to help keep the Traveler on-line.

Reader Participation Day: Would You Ever Go On A Multi-Week, Or More, Hike?

Would you ever head off down a trail for a multi-week, or longer, hike, carrying all you need in a pack on your back?

"Muir's March" For Hetch Hetchy In Yosemite National Park Scheduled For July

The Third Annual 'Muir's March,' an affair intended to raise support for draining the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, is scheduled for July. If you're interested in joining the backpacking trek, now's the time to sign up.

Spring Wallops Yosemite National Park With Potent Punch

The first day of spring was anything but spring-like at Yosemite National Park, which saw all its entrance roads closed down by a combination of snow, ice, mudslides, downed power lines, and fallen trees.

Open Houses Scheduled For Public Input on Merced River Plan At Yosemite National Park

A series of public meetings has been scheduled so Yosemite National Park officials can hear your thoughts on the continuing evolution of a plan to manage the Merced River corridor through the Yosemite Valley.

PEER Claims National Park Service Director's Order On Wilderness Management Is Off-Base

Is the National Park Service adding clarity, or confusion, about how it should be managing wilderness via revisions to its wilderness stewardship guidelines? Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility believes the agency is not only confusing matters, but lessening wilderness protections.
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Yosemite Nature Notes: Horsetail Fall in Full Technicolor

When the afternoon sun illuminates Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park, it can be difficult to believe it's only the sun igniting the waterfall.

Women's History Month is Celebrated in the National Parks

The National Park Service uses exhibits, programs, and special events to help celebrate Women's History Month in the national parks, and not just ones that were established to honor women.

Eastern National Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of National Parks Passport With Special Edition

How many times have you headed off on a national park trip and conveniently forgotten your Passport to Your National Parks? Have you ever run out of space for cancellations more quickly than you would have thought? Well, the folks at Eastern National have tackled those problems while celebrating the Passport's 25th anniversary.

Stay On Top Of Your Favorite National Park: Join A Friends Group or Foundation

What's a great way to stay on top of your favorite national park -- aside from reading the Traveler? Join its friends group, foundation, or natural history association.

Get Your Teens Registered Now For Yosemite Institute's Two-Week Field Research Course

Now is the time to register your teen for the Yosemite Institute's two-week summer field research course in 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.
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