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Hiking to Helen and Spillway Lakes

When those views of Mono Pass, Parker Pass and Kuna Crest are streaked with snow, they contrast so beautifully with those multi-colored mountains. This is one of those hikes that I love to do soon after Tioga Road reopens for the year and those white puffy clouds always liven up the scenery, even if they threaten a bit of the ...

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Tourism Officials: No Crowds, Lots of Safeguards at Yosemite

OAKHURST – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the National Park Service to make adjustments to how park visitors access Yosemite this summer. But there’s a silver lining: Park visitors are reporting more intimate, leisurely –and safe — experiences. Each day 1,700 day-use park passes are available via online reservation. While the situation is not ideal when passes sell out, local ...

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Power Outage in Yosemite Valley to Last into Next Week

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Park officials announced Friday that power went out in Yosemite Valley on Thursday evening (June 25). The cause of the outage was “downed power lines,” according to a brief press release. Power is expected to remain off in the area until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.“On Monday, contracted crews will begin repairs, which will take two ...

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COVID Spike Spurs Yosemite to Close Popular Campgrounds

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Park officials are reversing course two weeks after reopening and now say they will hold off on allowing visitor use of half a dozen popular park campgrounds until at least August 1.The decision comes after a spike in new coronavirus cases across the state since the Memorial Day weekend. Late Tuesday evening, park officials issued this ...

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First Day Tioga Road Reopened: Heading Across With Fannie and Sally, Hiking From Saddlebag To Lake Greenstone Lake

I loaded up my dogs, Sally and Fannie, and drove across Tioga Road the very minute it reopened this year. Like visiting old friends, I made several stops along the way to admire the views, then we all were rewarded with a hike from Saddlebag Lake to Greenstone Lake with incredible views of snow streaked high mountains surrounding the lakes. ...

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All Aboard! Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Reopens

FISH CAMP – Let the summertime fun officially begin — the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, located only four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park, opens for the season today. Beginning Friday (June 12), visitors and train enthusiasts can once again ride the open-air “logger” on a one-hour excursion through the Sierra Nevada. The Thornberry Museum, onsite ...

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YNP Concessionaire Aramark Promotes Reopening

YOSEMITE — “Yosemite Hospitality looks forward to welcoming back visitors, guests and our team members, when Yosemite National Park reopens on Thursday, June 11, with our lodging re-opening June 13,” said an update issued late this week by Aramark, the concessionaire at YNP.“Some services and operations have been modified and adjusted to protect against the spread of COVID-19,” the “guest ...

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Yosemite’s Phased Reopening to Include ‘All Primary Attractions’

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, Yosemite National Park will “continue to incrementally increase recreational access,” stated a press release issued by park officials Monday.“Beginning June 11, the park will open all the primary attractions to some extent and visitors will ...

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Yosemite National Park Officials Declare ‘Stage 2’ Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE — Citing “high fire danger” and “enhanced risk to the public, employees and first responders” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Yosemite National Park is enacting park-wide fire restrictions “to reduce the threat of human-caused wildfires,” stated a press release issued late this week by park officials.Yosemite begins its “phased” reopening today (June 5), allowing access to the Yosemite Wilderness to ...

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