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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Reopening Today

FISH CAMP – Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, a full-service resort just outside the south gate entrance to Yosemite National Park, is implementing a comprehensive new program in response to COVID-19 when it reopens today (June 12). The “Rest Assured” program, developed by global hospitality company Delaware North, which owns and operates Tenaya Lodge, features new health and safety standards aimed ...

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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’

Yosemite Valley

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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Adventures with Candace: Hiking with Fannie at Nelder Grove

I told my puppy Fannie the Corgi all about a special place called Nelder Grove and how it wouldn’t be a long drive or hike. I tried to explain to her just how huge the Giant Sequoias were. I don’t think she totally grasped the concept but she said let’s do it!Where: Sierra National Forest, Nelder GroveDistance: 2.31 miles, but ...

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Yosemite to Start ‘Phased’ Reopening

Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Wilderness fans rejoice — the official reopening process starts Friday at Yosemite National Park.NPS officials announced today that beginning Friday (June 5), “YNP will reopen access to the Yosemite Wilderness to those with existing wilderness permit reservations and to those with an existing Half Dome permit.”Yosemite National Park has been closed to all park visitors since ...

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SNF Bans Campfires Outside of Developed Recreation Sites

MOUNTAIN AREA – Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials issued an order Friday banning campfires outside of developed recreational sites. The campfire restrictions are meant “to protect the health and safety of employees and communities,”  said a statement released this afternoon by the agency.The restrictions are “effective immediately and until further notice,” the release stated. “Outside of developed recreation sites and ...

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Madera County Has New Top Administrator, Acting Sheriff

MADERA — Supervisors made it official Tuesday morning: Former Sheriff Jay Varney is now the County’s top day-to-day administrator.At the start of today’s (June 2) meeting, which was chaired by Supervisor Rob Poythress, the board formally appointed Varney to be the County’s new chief administrative officer. “He will take over as a strong leader,” said Supervisor Frazier. “Jay is exactly who ...

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Tourism Officials Voice Concerns with Yosemite Reopening Plan

MARIPOSA — Emphasizing that visitor safety remains their top priority, tourism officials of gateway communities in Madera and Mariposa counties are nonetheless voicing concern over planned new restricted access to Yosemite National Park.  “On May 18, Yosemite National Park leadership shared its draft reopening strategy with the region’s gateway communities. The proposal would limit daily access to 3,600 vehicles, 1,700 ...

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