Yosemite News






Updates on news stories about the park and surrounding area




Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel now called Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Uncertain Future for Yosemite’s Iconic Names

The fate of these names is yet to be decided, but it seems to be the general consensus that restoring the original names to their respective structures is the primary goal. Read More...

Kids swimming in the Merced River at the Housekeeping Camp Beach with the Half Dome in the Background. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

That experiences have remained constant over a century of rapid change shows the power of the NPS – without them, might Yosemite Valley be a theme park? Read More...

Don Neubacher, Superintendent of Yosemite National Park. Photo by NPS

NPS Centennial Q & A with Don Neubacher

August 25, 2016 marks the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. We asked Don Neubacher, Superintendent of Yosemite National Park, to look back and also look forward to the next 100 years. What’s your favorite memory from Yosemite? When I was 10 to 15 years old, in the late ‘60s, I vividly remember camping. I have Read More...

Reflection pool at Ahwahnee Hotel, now called Majestic Yosemite Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

7 Things You Need to Know About Yosemite Reservations

What does the Yosemite lodging vendor change mean for those of us who made reservations in the park months ago? A lot, including a new website and phone number. Read More...

IMAX National Parks Adventure Trailer. YouTube photo

IMAX 3D/2D Movie: National Parks Adventure

Soar past Yosemite’s Half Dome and over Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring in National Parks Adventure, an awe-inspiring salute to the NPS’s 100th anniversary. Read More...

Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel now called Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Iconic Yosemite Names Change Over Trademark Dispute

The names of Curry Village, Badger Pass, the Ahwahnee Hotel, Wawona Hotel, and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls will change as new park concessionaire takes reins. Read More...

Actor James Franco talks about childhood memories of Yosemite. Source: YouTube

James Franco Talks About Yosemite Movie

Although the movie is titled, “Yosemite,” the national park is only the setting for the first of three chapters about boyhood. Read More...

Visor View from the Half Dome Summit in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Happy 125th Birthday, Yosemite

Oct 1, 2015: A ceremony that will honor the park’s rich history, highlight current park stewardship, and look ahead to the future of Yosemite National Park Read More...

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4th Graders Can Visit Parks Free For a Year

Students in the 4th grade can get a free annual entry pass for their family to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks. Read More...

Half Dome viewed from Yosemite Valley. The star shows location of July 2015 rockfall. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Massive Rock Falls Off Half Dome in Yosemite

The climb to the top of Half Dome just became harder. A huge sheet of granite measuring 100 by 200 feet fell off the face and created a “rockfall” below. Read More...

Google Street View of El Capitan. Screenshot from Google Maps

Climb Yosemite’s El Capitan from your Couch

Google’s new Street View project is ready for you to experience. It’s a 3,000-foot interactive journey up a vertical rock wall. Read More...

The Grizzly Giant sequoia tree in the Mariposa Grove. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Yosemite’s Mariposa Sequioa Grove Closes for Renovation

The popular southern sequoia grove inside Yosemite National Park will undergo a two-year restoration project. Read More...

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New Transportation to Yosemite Valley from Fresno

Many new travel connections between the park, Fresno Airport, the Amtrak Station, and lodging in the communities south of Yosemite Valley. Read More...

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Charges Dropped Against Rim Fire Starter

Update May, 2015 – Criminal charges were dropped against a hunter accused of starting California’s Rim Fire after two key witnesses unexpectedly died. Read More...

Cables assist hikers on the final 400 feet up Half Dome in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

2015 Yosemite Half Dome Hiking Open 3 Weeks Early

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite will be in place May 2 for hikers. Day hikers May 2 and May 22 must apply for a two-day-in-advance permit. Read More...

O'Shaughnessy Dam in Hetch Hetchy Valley. Photo by David Krause

Lawsuit Asks to Remove Yosemite Dam

April 21, 2015: Muir fought and lost his battle to save the Hetch Hetchy Valley from being flooded over 100 years ago. This legal complaint would restore the valley. Read More...

Tuolumne Meadows in Summer

Yosemite Plans 10 Projects Before 100th Birthday of NPS

To shine for upcoming celebrations, Yosemite will start 10 projects that they have deemed most worthwhile. Read More...

Curry Village now called Half Dome Village. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Yosemite Entrance and Camping Fees Increase March 1, 2015

Yosemite will implement a entrance fee increase on a seasonal basis. This is a change to the planned increase as a result of public comments. Read More...

First Sierra Nevada Red Fox seen in Yosemite in 100-years. NPS Photo

1st Rare Fox in 100-Years

A Sierra Nevada Red Fox was the first to be seen of its kind in Yosemite since 1915. Read More...

Tommy Caldwell free-climbs Yosemites El Capitan Dawn Wall. Photo: YouTube

First 2 Free-Climbers to Summit Yosemite’s El Capitan

Jan 14, 2015: 19 days after they set out to achieve one of climbing’s most difficult challenges, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the summit of the 3,000-foot rock known as El Capitan in Yosemite. Read More...

Yosemite falls. Photo by Elaine Stjerne

Rainfall Enlivens Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

Dec 4, 2014: Yosemite National Park’s waterfalls are flowing again due to two days of significant rainfall in the Yosemite area. Read More...

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Yosemite Has a New Sister Park

Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany is best known for its mountain vistas, fabled blue and green lakes, and spectacular waterfalls. Sound familiar? Read More...

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14 Historic Yosemite Places Added to National Register

Chosen because of their significance in American history, and notable for rustic architecture, High Sierra Camps and Wilderness Cabins were registered as historic places. Read More...

Yosemite Meadow Fire Timelapse Video by QT Luong

Meadow Fire – Time-lapse Video

Sept 7, 2014: As the Meadow Fire traveled into Little Yosemite Valley, helicopter rescue teams worked quickly to evacuate over 100 hikers on the popular Half Dome trail. No one has been injured and no structures are currently threatened by the fire. Read More...

Helicopter drawing water from the Merced River. Photo YouTube

Protecting Yosemite’s Sequoias from Fire

As the El Portal Fire grows within 10 miles of the Merced Sequoia Grove, firefighters protect the area with water from the Merced River. Read More...

El Capitan from the Merced River

California Has 2 out of 7 Natural Wonders of North America

Yosemite, with its stunning features and incredible wildlife, earned a spot on the list. Judges say the park earned its top seven ranking because of its distinctive monoliths El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite also features North America’s tallest waterfall at 2,425 feet. Read More...

Video: Yosemite Tight Rope Walker

Tightrope Walker Crosses Yosemite Cliffs

It took just 73 seconds for Mich Kemeter to cross the cliffs at The Rostrum in Yosemite National Park. Watch his daring walk, 800 feet in the air without a harness. Read More...

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Warm Winter Brings Back Summer Activities

January, 2014: Although skiers in California are mourning the continued absence of snow, hikers and horseback riders in the Northern Sierras have reason to rejoice. Read More...

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Firefighters Use Drones to Tame Rim Fire in Yosemite

Fire officials are now using a drone to help fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park. Read More...

National Parks to Offer Healthier Food Choices

Healthy options are cropping up at national park eateries thanks to the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program. Read More...