Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Elisabeth is a writer and editor who specializes in the outdoors, environment, health, food, culture, and science. Her work has appeared in Backpacker, Sunset, Grist, Organic Life, Women's Adventure, 5280 (Denver's city magazine), National Park Journal, and more. When she's not scaling peaks in pursuit of a story, Elisabeth loves cooking, paddling, cross-country skiing, and feeding her addiction to self-serve frozen yogurt.

Black Bear in wooded area

Thwarting Junk-Food-Addicted Yosemite Bears using GPS

Yosemite’s 15 bear rangers and volunteers try to keep human food unavailable to bears. They track bear movements to be ready for confrontations.

Yosemite Tunnel View with Bridal Falls and El Capitan

5 Famous Viewpoints Close to the Road in Yosemite

Yosemite's Tunnel View with Half Dome, Valley View with Merced River, Glacier Point, Olmsted Point, and Tenya Lake are the most famous views in the park.

Hiker in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Just a half-day's drive south of Yosemite, Sequoia National Park is not to be missed. Drive the Generals Highway descending into the Sierra Nevada foothills

Dusy Basin in Kings Canyon National Park.

Kings Canyon National Park: USA's Deepest Canyon

This canyon carved by glaciers and cut by the Kings River can claim to be the deepest in the USA. It reaches a maximum depth of 8200 feet– that's even deeper than Arizona's Grand Canyon!

Family watching the falls in Yosemite Valley. Photo by Joseph Fabian

10 Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Top ten things to do on your Yosemite Park vacation, including view a waterfall, see black bears, and top sights like Half Dome.

Bearproof food storage lockers in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Bearproof Your Food and Smelly Things

Sharing a habitat with Yosemite’s bruins means taking care to keep these wild animals wild. Follow these precautions while in bear country.

A park visitor walks the boardwalk beside a giant felled tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California. Photo by Dave Krause

6 California State Parks Near Yosemite

Did you know that California has 280 state parks? Deserts, beaches, mountains, redwoods, and historic places. There are 6 State Parks near Yosemite.