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Audubon Field Trip to Foresta in Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Join members of Yosemite Audubon as they spend time on foot looking for woodpecker species, raptors, dippers, swifts and warblers, covering approximately two miles of remarkably diverse habitat in Yosemite National Park. The event takes place on Saturday, May 20, in Foresta, also known as Big Meadow. The group will meet in El Portal at 7:45 a.m. and make stops along the ...

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One-Night Closure Of Big Oak Flat Road

YOSEMITE — Park officials have announce the closure, for one night only, of Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) into Yosemite National Park. The closure will be in effect from 9 p.m. on Monday, May 15, to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16. Officials say this closure is necessary for paving on the roadway, which was severely damaged in late ...

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YARTS Bus Service Resumes On Highway 41 For Summer

MADERA COUNTY — YARTS buses will start rolling up Highway 41 to Yosemite National Park starting Monday, May 15, thanks to funding from the Fresno Council of Governments (COG) and the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS). Now that YARTS has resumed service on the busy corridor, residents and visitors alike will be able to access round-trip public transportation to and ...

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Half Dome Permit Fee Increases Takes Effect Summer 2017

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park will increase the permit fees for ascending Half Dome to a $10 application fee and a $10 permit fee. These fee increases will take effect when weather and snow conditions allow the Half Dome cables to be installed, at the end of May or early June 2017. The fee increases are necessary to meet increased ...

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Glacier Point Road In Yosemite National Park Opens

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park will open the Glacier Point Road to all vehicular traffic at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 11. There will be limited visitor services available at Glacier Point. The Glacier Point Store will be open at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 12. There is no projected opening date for the Bridalveil Creek Campground. Due to a ...

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Search Continues For Missing Man In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park Rangers continue to search for Alexander Joseph Sevier, 24 years old, who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday morning, May 3. Sevier, an active member of the U.S Navy, traveled to Yosemite alone, and arrived in the park on Monday, May 1. He was staying at Housekeeping Camp and neighbors in the camp ...

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Man Missing In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park officials are asking for the public’s help in locating Alexander Joseph Sevier, who has been missing for nearly a week. Sevier was last seen in Housekeeping Camp on or around Monday, May 1. He was possibly wearing Aeropostale, Abercrombie, or Hollister brand clothing, and officials believe he may have taken day hikes out of Yosemite ...

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Hiking up to Vernal and Nevada Falls

We hiked up and up 600 plus steps on the Mist Trail to check out two of Yosemite’s famous waterfalls, Vernal and Nevada Falls. Where:Yosemite National Park Distance: 8.59 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,983′ – 6,056′ Date: May 3, 2017 Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No dogs allowed on this trail We had planned on ...

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Final 2017 Snowpack Survey Nearly Double The Average Water Content

SIERRA NEVADA – The manual snow survey conducted on May 1 by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) of 27.8 inches, 190 percent of the May 1 long-term average there of 14.6 inches. Electronic measurements indicate the water content of the statewide snowpack as of May 1 ...

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