Protect Our Parks

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Yosemite National Park is a dynamic place where even the wildest-feeling landscapes from Glacier Point to Tuolumne Meadows need our help at times to stay ecologically balanced and healthy. At National Park Trips, we feel traveling more sustainably on the way to and in our national parks is more important than ever. Since 2018, we have partnered with Boulder-based EcoVessel to spread the word about why using reusable water bottles, instead of single-use plastic bottles, during your national park vacation is a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint in the parks.

Along with raising awareness about the negative impacts of single-use plastic in the parks, there are many other initiatives to protect wild animals and the natural ecosystems inside Yosemite National Park and its surrounding landscapes. Here are some of them.

Sevag Kazanci (left) and Keith Eshelman (right), co-founders of Parks Project

A Parks Project for Goodness Sake

Giving back to national parks with thoughtful products

Bighorn Sheep released in Yosemite. Photo courtesy of the Yosemite Conservancy Steve Bumgardner

Bighorn Return to Yosemite by Helicopter

March 2015, nine ewes (females) and three rams (males) were moved from the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Park to the Cathedral Range in Yosemite National Park.

Red Legged Frog

Bringing Back the Frogs of Yosemite

In John Muir's day, thousands of frogs jumped about the rivers and alpine lakes of the park. Read about the reintroduction and habitat restoration efforts.

Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley is now a reservoir created by the O’Shaughnessy Dam.

Damming Yosemite Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley

In the least crowded corner of Yosemite National Park, debates about the future of Hetch Hetchy Valley have been going on for over 100 years.


Keeping Yosemite Park's Air Clean

Although you may not think much about it, the air quality in Yosemite National Park will have an enormous impact on your park vacation.

Crossing a creek on a log

Leave No Trace in Yosemite

Even if you live by the phrase “take only photos; leave only footprints” when you’re outdoors, it still might seem counterintuitive to pack out food scraps and toilet paper.

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.

Using EcoVessel's Boulder Bottle

Why Reusable Water Bottles Are Important

Here are 5 tips from EcoVessel on why drinking water from a reusable water bottle is so essential both on and off the trail.