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El Portal Road (Hwy 140) Closed In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The El Portal Road (Hwy 140) is closed within Yosemite National Park due to a rockfall on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 31, say park officials. The closure is in place from the park line to the Cascades picnic area. Several large boulders on the road prohibit vehicular traffic. This closure is expected to last at least through ...

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Hiking through Mono Meadow and along the Buena Vista Trail

I had never hiked out through Mono Meadow and beyond in the fall and since Tioga Road was temporarily closed due to rockfalls, it sounded like a good workout with the possibility of seeing some fall color. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 12.65 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 6,361′ – 7,264′ Date: October 20, 2016 Maps: El Capitan, ...

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Tioga And Glacier Point Roads Close In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Current winter storm activity has created hazardous driving conditions along Tioga Road. Yosemite National Park has closed Tioga Road from from Crane Flat to Lee Vining. This closure will be in place until further notice. Tioga Road typically closes each fall and remains closed throughout the winter months. The road reopens when weather and road conditions permit in ...

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Winter Weather Advisory For Sierra Nevada

MOUNTAIN AREA — An urgent winter weather advisory has been issued for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon including Bass Lake and Fish Camp, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory is currently in effect from 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 through 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. Above 8,000 feet an accumulation of six to ...

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More Wet Weather This Week

MOUNTAIN AREA — A series of Pacific weather systems will bring several rounds of precipitation and wind to the western U.S. this week, according to the National Weather Service. Several inches of rain could fall in portions of California, especially in the coastal ranges and foothills. Snow is forecast in the higher mountains. In addition, winds will be strong, especially ...

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Public Invited To Yosemite Wilderness Science Forum

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park invites the public to participate in an event on Wednesday, Nov. 2, to learn about scientific findings related to wilderness use and planning. The workshop will take place at the Garden Terrace room at Yosemite Valley Lodge from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will present preliminary findings from a series of scientific studies that ...

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Yosemite Celebrates Our Young Poets And Artists

YOSEMITE — On Saturday, Nov. 5, Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery will honor the winners of the 2016 Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest, held as a way for the park to celebrate the creativity of youth living in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth ...

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Prescribed Fire Continues In Mariposa Grove

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning to continue ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire project on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23. An estimated 7 to 10 days of active burn down is anticipated, with the focus in the upper grove for a total of 55 acres. Fire managers have already successfully completed 75 acres ...

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Yosemite Ceremony Welcomes New Sister Parks

YOSEMITE — On Thursday, Sept. 29, Yosemite National Park signed three new sister park agreements with Cumbres de Monterrey National Park in Mexico, Blue Mountains National Park in Australia, and Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan. Park officials joined Yosemite Acting Superintendent Linda Mazzu to sign a formal agreement between each park and Yosemite, which cemented a formal relationship as ...

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Record Number of Visitors for Summer

OAKHURST — Visit Yosemite Madera County tallied a milestone recently in the record number of visitors walking through their new doors this summer. That means there were more dollars spent at local attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops by visitors to the county and the south gate entrance to Yosemite National Park. The number of guests at the visitors’ center on Highway 41 this summer totaled 18,174. Compare that ...

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