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Electronic Passes Now Available For Yosemite Visitors

YOSEMITE – Visitors to Yosemite National Park will now be able to purchase their park entrance passes electronically through YourPassNow beginning on Thursday, June 21. Once visitors purchase and save their digital pass to their cell phone, or print and bring their purchased pass with them, Rangers will scan their pass at the entrance station. This convenient new service will ...

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Expect Delays With One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY — Heads up, commuters — expect delays as long as 20 minutes on SR-41 north of Oakhurst next week. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with Michels Pipeline Construction, announces one-way traffic control on State Route 41 near the community of Oakhurst in Madera County for five working days as part of a culvert repair project ...

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Mariposa Grove Reopens June 15 and I Have Hiked it!

I got a sneak preview of the newly revamped Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park after it has been closed to the public since Spring of 2015. 250 acres with nearly 500 mature trees is a must see if you are visiting Yosemite. Reopening this Friday, parking at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Center and taking a shuttle up to Mariposa ...

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Yosemite Officials Identify Climbers Who Fell From El Capitan

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have identified the two climbers who died in a fall from El Capitan this morning. The two men are Jason Wells, 46, of Boulder, Colo.; and Tim Klien, 42, from Palmdale, Calif. The two were climbing the Freeblast Route on El Capitan. Park Rangers received multiple 911 calls reporting the incident and responded to ...

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Yosemite’s Andrew Davenport Wins Prestigious Aviation Award

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park congratulates Assistant Helitack Foreman Andrew “Boots” Davenport as the 2018 winner of the National Park Service Wright Brothers National Aviation Safety Award. This is a rare National Park Service award given annually to aviation specialists who exemplify excellence in the field of aviation safety. Andrew Davenport was nominated by his peers for his impeccable commitment ...

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What To Expect In Yosemite This Holiday Weekend

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day weekend, so plan to arrive before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to avoid the heaviest traffic. Once in the park, visitors are urged to park their vehicles at the Yosemite Village, Yosemite Falls, or Half Dome Village parking areas and enjoy Yosemite Valley by using the free shuttle ...

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Winter Weather Advisory For High Country

MOUNTAIN AREA — It doesn’t matter that it’s technically spring: the National Weather Service says a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Sierra Nevada high country above 8,000 feet from Yosemite to Kings Canyon National Parks, starting Friday morning at 5 a.m., May 24 and continuing through Saturday morning, May 26 at 5 a.m. In lower elevations, there’s ...

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Man Who Died On Half Dome This Week Identified

YOSEMITE – The man who was killed when he fell from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park on May 21 has been identified. Asish Penugonda, 29, who had reportedly been living in New York City, died due to a fall while hiking with friends on Monday. There were thunderstorms in the area at the time of the accident, ...

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Tioga Pass is Open and the High Country is Breathtaking!!

My dog Sally and I took a drive across Tioga Road to see what the snow conditions were and knew that you would like see what we saw. A very small lake called Siesta Lake (7,987′ elevation) is along the south side of Tioga Road and I like to stop to see beautiful morning reflections. The lake delivered! Olmsted Point ...

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