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Virtual Yosemite: Winter Continues

Image of Yosemite Valley in the winter.

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the retreat of winter in Yosemite as spring approaches. But Yosemite remains unpredictable. This past week, colder temperatures – along with more snow and precipitation – returned, bringing beautiful winter views to the park once again, along with welcome additions to the Sierra snowpack as California prepares for yet another year of drought conditions. ...

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Wind Event Warning In Yosemite

Important Message From Yosemite National Park YOSEMITE – A high wind warning is in effect starting today, Tuesday March 23, 2021, from 1 pm until tomorrow at 5 am. The forecast calls for wind gusts up to 45 mph in Yosemite Valley, 35 mph in Wawona, and 70 mph at higher elevations. Damaging winds may blow down trees and power ...

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Yosemite Renaissance 36 Exhibit

While the Yosemite Museum is presently closed, the 36th annual Yosemite Renaissance exhibit will open in Oakhurst today, Friday, March 19 at Yosemite Gateway Art Center.    OAKHURST, CA – The Yosemite Renaissance exhibition is an annual exhibit that offers an opportunity for artists inspired by nature and the California Sierra Nevada region to display and promote their art. For over ...

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PG&E Customer Advisory

Image of the PG&E logo.

With Billing and Payment Scams on the Rise During the Pandemic, PG&E Reminds Customers What They Can Do to Protect Themselves SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — With utility scams on the rise during the current pandemic, it is more important than ever for customers to be vigilant and to know what steps to take to prevent themselves or their families from ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Winter’s Retreat

Image of Yosemite Valley's winter snow receding below Bridalveil Fall as spring temperatures approach.

YOSEMITE — Yosemite in the winter offers far less-crowded, and frequently more dramatic views of its landscape than in other seasons. The colder weather of winter keeps many visitors away, but the lack of foliage on deciduous trees can provide more open views. In the linked panoramic image, photographed adjacent to Southside Drive, one can see Lower Cathedral Rock with ...

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Heavy Snow Expected Above 3000 Feet

Today’s expected storm will bring much needed snow to the higher elevations in the Central Sierra Foothills, Southern Sierra Foothills and Central Sierra. Including Bass Lake, Fish Camp, Wawona, Devils Postpile, Florence Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Tuolumne Meadows, and Shaver Lake. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for elevations above 3000 feet starting at 4pm today ...

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Wilderness Permit Reservations Upgrade

Wilderness permit reservations for the Sierra National Forest (SNF) moves to Recreation.gov making the reservation process for overnight visitors much easier with move. Launching on March 09, 2021, overnight visitors to the SNF wilderness areas will be able to make their wilderness permit reservations using the website Recreation.gov. This replaces the current system, by which reservations were submitted by mail, or in person, ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Firefall Aerial Views

Image of Yosemite's modern-day "Firefall" from above.

Every February, for about ten days, an ephemeral waterfall on the east end of El Capitan is uniquely lighted by the setting sun, making it it appear – from certain angles – as though it is a falling river of fire. This natural “Firefall” (not to be confused with the man-made ones off of Glacier Point from 1872 through 1968) ...

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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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