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Yosemite to Remain Open During Stay at Home Order

YOSEMITE – Dec. 6, 2020 – In support of the California Regional Stay-at- Home order in the San Joaquin Valley region, beginning at noon on Monday, December 7, 2020, Yosemite National Park is open 8 am to 5 pm for day-use activities only. Lodging and campgrounds are currently closed. Some services and facilities are limited, and shuttles are not operating. ...

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Hiking With Tarantulas Along Eastman Lake

On any given hike, I just never know who or what I will run into. What should have been a fairly routine hike along Eastman Lake’s rolling Lakeview Trail became more interesting when tarantulas came into the mix! Distance: 7.82 MilesDifficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how far you goElevation Range: 586′ to 707′Date: November 23, 2020Maps: Ben Hur and ...

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Regional Stay at Home Order Will Take Effect Sunday

SACRAMENTO – California Health Officials have issued a regional stay at home order for the San Joaquin Valley region due to ICU capacity dropping below 15%. The San Joaquin Valley region includes Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne Counties. The San Joaquin Valley region stay at home order will take effect ...

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Give BIG by Shopping Small This Festive Season

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Celebrate the season by sharing your appreciation of Yosemite National Park and beautiful Bass Lake by supporting local small businesses in the region. Visit Yosemite | Madera County’s Holiday Gift Guide includes fun gifts from favorite local businesses. Generate a new way for traditional gift-giving with presents and mementos from your favorite vacation spot.  Revive that “Yosemite glow” for ...

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Additional FEMA Help Approved for Nine California Counties

SACRAMENTO – Additional help has been approved for nine California counties ravaged by the September/October wildfires. The following assistance, approved Nov. 25, is added to the Oct. 16 presidential disaster declaration for the wildfire period Sept. 4 through Nov. 17, 2020: • Del Norte County for Public Assistance, including direct federal assistance. • Fresno, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, Shasta, Siskiyou, and ...

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Hiking from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point on the Icy 4 Mile Trail

The icy 4 Mile Trail led me from the Yosemite Valley floor, starting where the old Leidig Hotel stood back in 1870, up to Glacier Point, full of wonderful views of the snowy high country. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 9.84 MilesDifficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation Range: 3,979′ – 7,207′Date: November 16, 2020Maps: El Capitan Topographic QuadDog Hike? No I parked at ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Tioga Road Aspens

Image of aspen trees from Virtual Yosmite.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node299 With oncoming winter weather and expected snows, Tioga Road was finally closed for the season this past week. Depending on the length and depth of winter snows ahead, it will likely reopen in May or June of next year. When it is open, traveling eastward down Tioga Road from Tioga Pass ...

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Hiking Through Snowy Merced Grove

I can’t resist the way that snow looks contrasted with Giant Sequoias, so I headed up to Merced Grove for a half day. Yosemite National Park has 3 Giant Sequoia Groves and some say that Merced Grove is the least visited. It was a very nice hike down the historic Old Coulterville Road to check out the 20 or so ...

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Virtual Yosemite: First Snows of the Season at Yosemite Valley’s Leidig Meadow

Image of Leidig Meadow in Yosemite Valley

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node305 The first snow of the season in Yosemite can sometimes arrive while fall colors are still on display. Such was the case this first weekend of November, 2020, as seen above in a view from Leidig Meadow. The snow beautifully highlights the textures of the granite peaks surrounding Yosemite Valley, while ...

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