Articles by Courtney Holden - My Yosemite Park

Courtney Holden

Courtney is a journalist and brand manager with a genuine enthusiasm for people and their stories. When not in the office, you’ll find Courtney playing in the Colorado mountains with her husband and son.

Yosemite's Horsetail Fall in February when the setting sun hits the falling water

Firefall in Yosemite Valley Mid to Late-February

Weather permitting, as the sun sets the Horsetail Fall waterfall lights up a firefall down El Capitan. Learn about the history and today's natural effect.

Merced River with El Capitan in the Background

Controversial Merced River Plan Finally Approved

After many years of back and forth comments, numerous plans and even court battles, Yosemite National Park is unveiling the Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

Galen Clark, First White Man in Yosemite

Yosemite Park's First Guardian, Galen Clark

Clark was famous for his hospitality, at first running a stagecoach rest stop called Clark's Station, where tourists could get meals, stay overnight, and water and feed their horses. Even when his business failed, Clark remained active in Yosemite, guiding visitors and serving as its guardian until 1897.

Stellars Jay in Yosemite. Photo by Lisa Thomas

Popular Birds in the Yosemite Region

Birds you might see in the park include Blue Grouse, Gray Owls, Western Tanager, Peregrine Falcons, and Eagles