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YNP Honors ‘Volunteers of the Year’

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — In 2018, more than 13,000 individuals donated over 132,500 hours to “help” at Yosemite National Park with a wide variety of volunteer projects. Dozens of those generous, community-minded volunteers were recognized late last month when park officials hosted the 2019 Volunteers of the Year Awards at a special ceremony held in Yosemite Valley on Sept. 28. ...

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Yosemite National Park Employees and Local Citizens Recognized for Bravery

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five Yosemite National Park employees and two members of the public were honored by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt at the 74th Honor Award Convocation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. for heroic actions, courage and professionalism in the line of duty. For their actions taken during three separate rescue operations, Park Ranger Aaron Smith, Park Ranger Jack ...

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New Web Site Offers ‘Virtual’ Tour of Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — A new web site — Virtual Yosemite — is now offering a virtual reality (VR) tour of Yosemite National Park and its surrounding areas. The new site, which went live this summer, provides high resolution, 360-degree panoramic views from over 200 locations throughout the sprawling park. Virtual Yosemite was created and photographed by pioneering VR photographer ...

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16th Annual ‘Facelift’ Coming to Yosemite National Park

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — An extensive, park-wide yearly clean-up event — known as a “Facelift” — will take place here beginning later this week. Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association, which sponsor the event, invite the public to participate in the 16th Annual Yosemite Facelift, held each fall to remove litter from around the park after the busy ...

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YNP Hosts Citizenship Ceremony to Mark Constitution Week

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Forty-two people from 15 countries will take the Oath of Allegiance Thursday, becoming American citizens in one of America’s most spectacular settings. The naturalization ceremony is taking place this week in Yosemite National Park to mark Constitution Week — and Citizenship Day. The hour-long event begins Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Glacier Point Amphitheater, which ...

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Escape to Yosemite Valley for the Day

Friends were visiting and it was an excellent excuse to take a day trip into Yosemite Valley, taking in the gorgeous views along the way and having an elegant lunch with friends at the Ahwahnee Hotel. The afternoon winds coaxed Bridalveil Fall to dance for me.   Lunch with friends at the Ahwahnee Hotel was a nice experience and someone ...

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Tenaya Lodge’s Long-Time GM Announces Retirement

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YOSEMITE — The long-time general manager of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, Paul Ratchford, will retire at year’s end after serving in the resort’s leadership role twice for a total of 16 of the past 27 years. For the last eight years, Ratchford has overseen the full renovation of all 302 lodge and cottage rooms plus its Jackalopes ...

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Yosemite National Park To Host 7th Annual Adaptive Climbing Program

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Yosemite National Park to host the 7th Annual Adaptive Climbing Program on Tuesday (Sept. 10) for disabled veterans. WHAT: Yosemite National Park and Paradox Sports are honoring all of those lost on September 11th and our U.S. Service members by hosting a special adaptive climbing program for disabled veterans during the week of September 11. Paradox Sports is a Boulder, ...

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Woman Dies After Falling from Half Dome Cables

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The National Park Service is reporting that at approximately 11:55 a.m. on Thursday (September 5), a female visitor died due to a fall from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park. According to the NPS press release, which was issued Friday morning, the woman fell “over 500 feet down steep, rocky terrain,” and was deceased ...

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