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Sunday, Apr 23, 2017

General Yosemite Information

Words can scarcely describe the wonders of Yosemite. And even if it were possible, it wouldn't compare to the experience of being there. The beauty of the region is austere and majestic, which accounts for its universal appeal. Millions of visitors visit each year to marvel at this 1,200 square-mile paradise.

Yosemite combines many amazing natural features. Park elevations vary between 2,000 and 13,000 feet above sea level. The steep-walled Yosemite Valley is a postcard perfect vista, with striking waterfalls and the magnificent Merced River winding through the valley floor. At 8,800 feet you'll find Tuolumne Meadows, popular in the winter for mountaineering. In the summer, backpackers and day hikers enjoy the challenge of the trek. And, of course, there's no forgetting El Capitan and Half-Dome, two of the world's most famous rock formations.

Getting to Yosemite via Tioga Pass

Tioga Pass opened for the season on May 20, 2009 at 10 am, just in time for the Memorial Day rush. Weather permitting, Tuolomne area services should open in the next few weeks. The road, part of Hwy 120, running from Crane Flats to Lee Vining is 64 miles long. It is typically covered in snow for most of the winter and spring months. read more...

Breaking News – You can still drive your car in Yosemite National Park

A new question that is frequently asked by Yosemite park visitors is, "Can we drive our car in the park"? With the recent news of new buses leads folks to believe that the park is closed to automobiles and that you MUST take the bus. In this article we clear the air about driving to Yosemite. read more...

Yosemite Park Advisory: Record snowmelt, high water levels

The 2004-05 ski and snow season in Yosemite saw record breaking snowfall amounts, nearly 200% of normal. With the current spring thaw and coming summer months, Yosemite visitors, hikers, and campers alike should pay close attention to flood risks in and around Yosemite. read more...

 

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