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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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Visit Yosemite Madera County

Mariposa Grove Open with no Shuttle Bus Operation.  OAKHURST – The Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park is open for the season. Please note the following: – There will be no Shuttle Bus operation this season. – Visitors may park their cars at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza and then hike/walk up either the Washburn Trail or the Grove Road, ...

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Mariposa Pedestrian Safety Project

Mariposa Pedestrian Safety Project Scheduled To Begin On State Route 140/Route 49 to 12th Street In Mariposa MARIPOSA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin work to improve pedestrian safety and traffic conditions from the State Route 140/ Route 49 south junction to 12th Street in the beautiful town of Mariposa. Work is scheduled to begin in May ...

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Wildfire Preparedness Week

CAL FIRE Urges Personal Responsibility in Protecting Against Wildfire – Do Your Part to Protect Your Community – Create Defensible Space and Harden Your Home “Wildfire Preparedness Week” is May 2-8” Sacramento – Being proactive and prepared for wildfire is crucial to making our communities more resilient to the impacts of wildfire. You can dramatically increase your safety and the ...

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Hiking Mirror Lake Loop Trail With Dogwood Blooms & A Bear

Checking out dogwood blooms and waterfalls in Yosemite Valley is an annual thing for me but I sure didn’t expect to meet a bear while hiking on the Mirror Lake Loop Trail. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 7.25 MilesDifficulty: EasyElevation Range: 3,983′ – 4,285′Date: April 30, 2021CALTOPO: Curry Village to Mirror Lake Loop TrailDog Hike? Maybe I maximized my dogwood viewing ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Off the Beaten Track

Image of Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite.

While Yosemite is known for popular landmarks and trails, some of its most interesting locations are sometimes found off the beaten path. See the 360° immersive VR experience here. One of these is the Old Big Oak Flat Road – the original toll road into Yosemite Valley, built (primarily by hand) in the 1870s. The wide and gently graded road ...

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Hiking Through Time to the McCauley Addition and Foresta Falls

My hiking boots took me back through time to property once owned by James McCauley, an immigrant from Ireland seeking his fortune in gold. We remember him best for building the Four Mile Trail, building the two-story hotel at Glacier Point known as the Mountain House, starting the tradition that became known as the “firefall” and so much more. Since ...

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Sierra National Forest Continues Closures

Sierra National Forest Continues Closures for select recreation sites, roads and trails. The Sierra National Forest (SNF) announces the closure extension of select recreation sites, roads and trails. Closure Order No. 05-15-00-21-05 SNF Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure. The purpose of Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-05 is to provide for public safety due the unprecedented number of hazard trees, erosion, and repair ...

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Make Your Park Reservations

Is a trip to Yosemite National Park on your to-do list this summer? You’ll need to do some planning now. The National Park Service has re-instituted a temporary day-use reservations system for Yosemite National Park for visits from May 21-September 30, 2021.  This new process is something we’re all getting used to, so take a look at some common questions and ...

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NatureBridge to Conduct Family Camp

NatureBridge to Conduct Family Camp Summer 2021 NatureBridge’s Crane Flat campus will serve as base camp for a 5-day adventure which will allow families to explore one of the country’s most iconic national parks. NatureBridge’s skilled Educators will guide families through Giant Sequoia groves, Yosemite Valley, and the Sierra High Country all while providing engaging educational experiences that encourage exploration, ...

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Hiking on the Old Coulterville Road to Little Nellie Falls

My hiking boots took me on an adventure along the Old Coulterville Road, a historic stagecoach route that brought people to the Yosemite Valley starting in 1874. Stage stops along the way provided a change in horses, a break from the bumpy, dusty, cold or hot ride, and maybe some food or a night’s rest. Imagine the stories that came ...

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