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Yosemite Fire Updates

YOSEMITE – Sept. 18, 2020 – There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park. Each fire is burning in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, in a fire adapted ecosystem. There are multiple trail closures in effect around Yosemite Creek and the southern part of the park. All fires may be visible from Tioga Road (Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park), ...

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Snowshoeing to Tuolumne Grove

Have you ever snowshoed into Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias? This was one adventure I had not experienced until this week. Tuolumne Grove was one of the big stops that early travelers made on their way to Yosemite. In the 1870’s, they left Hodgdon’s Stage Station, then headed up through these huge trees, even driving through one of the dead ...

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In Memory of Bertram Wentzek July 1933-January 2021

Bertram Wentzek was born July 13, 1933 in Bremerhaven Germany. Bertram is survived by his wife and best friend, Hope; his son William; two daughters by marriage, Allison and Kate; his sisters Dagmar of North Carolina and Trauduer of Germany; as well as numerous friends whom he considered family. In 1958 Bertram traveled to New York city from Germany on ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Cave Environments

Image of the inside of a cave.

Yosemite’s caves! Yosemite is perhaps best known for its towering granite peaks, spectacular waterfalls, and dramatic vistas – features which draw close to four million visitors to the park every year. However, hidden within these attractions are numerous well-concealed caves that most visitors remain unaware of. Experience an interactive 360° VR view inside one of these caves here. Most of ...

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Highway 41 Opens From South Gate Entrance to Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41) is now open from the South Entrance gate to Yosemite Valley with no chain restrictions. Winter weather including snow is in the forecast. If traveling to Yosemite be prepared with chains as they may be required at any time. Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) to check on road conditions. Remember ...

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Adorable Family Wins the Yosemite Adventure Contest Grand Prize from Visit Yosemite | Madera County

OAKHURST, CA – Visit Yosemite | Madera County is a visitor center and tourism bureau that proudly highlights the region’s enormous amount of recreational options in southern Yosemite and Madera County. To help tell this story, in 2018, Visit Yosemite | Madera County introduced their “Welcoming Committee” and the Yosemite Adventure Contest. Past winners have enjoyed two-night stays at a ...

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Yosemite: Hwy. 41 (Wawona Rd.) Closure Update

Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41) from Yosemite West to South Entrance is open ONLY to the following: -Residents of the community of Wawona (Section 35) as defined below -Residents of the community of Yosemite West as defined below -Contractors hired by residents of Wawona or Yosemite West who possess documentation showing that they have been retained to provide a ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Snow Update

Image of Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite.

YOSEMITE — As many of you are aware, Yosemite has been closed for the past two weeks. A huge wind storm (Mono winds) on Jan. 19 caused significant damage and extended power outages. Several days later, a series of winter snow storms began, which are expected to continue into early next week. Snow accumulation in the high country was recently ...

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Yosemite National Park to Require Day-Use Reservations Starting February 8 

Yosemite National Park — Beginning February 8, visitors to Yosemite National Park will need a day-use reservation to enter the park. The temporary day-use reservation system will allow the park to manage visitation levels to reduce risks associated with exposure to COVID-19. The park is currently closed and will remain closed until Sunday, Jan. 31st, 2021 at which time re-opening will be evaluated. Day-use reservations will be required for all users, including ...

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