Yosemite National Park Offers Free Admission August 25-28, 2016 In Honor of National Park Service Centennial Celebration

Yosemite National Park Offers Free Admission August 25-28, 2016 In Honor of National Park Service Centennial Celebration

Park Hosting Special Centennial Programs to Celebrate  Yosemite National Park will celebrate the Centennial, 100 years of the National Park Service, on August 25, 2016. In honor of this historic milestone, park entrance fees will be waived Thursday August 25 through Sunday August 28, 2016. Camping fees and all other fees will still be applicable. […]

Yosemite National Park Expands American Sign Language Services

Yosemite National Park Expands American Sign Language Services

Park Offers Multiple Services for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Visitors Yosemite National Park expands the American Sign Language (ASL) Program offered to Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The park’s Deaf services program offers trip planning, park orientation at the visitor center, and interpretive services for Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The program also focuses on […]

How the Antiquities Act has expanded the national park system and fueled struggles over land protection

How the Antiquities Act has expanded the national park system and fueled struggles over land protection

As Americans anticipate summer vacation, many are planning trips to our nation’s iconic national parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Acadia and Olympic. But they may not realize that these and other parks exist because presidents used their power under the Antiquities Act, enacted on June 8, 1906, to protect those places from exploitation […]

Heat Safety Message

Heat Safety Message

Temperatures are climbing once again this summer season. How will you stay cool? The Mariposa County Health Department recommends avoiding strenuous activity during the heat of the day, staying in a cool environment like an air conditioned home or business, relaxing in the shade while drinking plenty of water, or visiting the community pool facility. […]

Attendance quotas? Our national parks, and the mile-long line to see them

Attendance quotas? Our national parks, and the mile-long line to see them

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday: Something’s wrong with our National Parks system when lines to get to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim look like lines to get “Hamilton” tickets. America’s annual pilgrimage to our national parks has become a shoulder-to-shoulder, bumper-to-bumper stress test. Last year a record 307 million people […]

YARTS Bus Will No Longer Operate Year-Round on Highway 41

YARTS Bus Will No Longer Operate Year-Round on Highway 41

YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) plans to shut down the bus transportation system from Fresno to Yosemite on Sept. 30, with service planned to resume in May. YARTS provides public transit in the Yosemite region, with buses entering Yosemite Valley from Merced, Mammoth Lakes, Sonora, and (beginning Summer 2015) Fresno—as well as many different towns along the way. […]