What does wildlife do in the winter? Some animals migrate south, similar to human β€œsnowbirds” that move to warmer climates during winter. Other animals hibernate and remind us of people who prefer to spend the colder months cuddled up with blankets indoors. Yet some wildlife, like this blue heron resist the weather and embrace it, reminding us of all the people who are out and about exploring...
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Yosemite is a beautiful place to visit in the winter, especially when it is snowing. However, to keep this park safe for yourself and other visitors here are some basic precautions to follow:

- Drive cautiously and follow the speed limit (always 25 mph in chain control areas). Allow extra distance between you and the car in front of you.

- Carry tire chains or cables in your car. They may be...
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01/18/2017 at 19:46. Facebook
"The Big Dig" β€” This is how our Tuolumne Meadows winter rangers describe their week up top. With 25 inches of new snow in just two days, it made for a busy week of digging out and experiencing variable ski conditions. Read more in their latest blog entry: [ Nps.gov Link ]
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01/18/2017 at 01:01. Facebook
Who are your favorite people to adventure with? Tag them in the comments below!
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01/17/2017 at 18:33. Facebook
What's it like to be in Yosemite Valley during a flood? Here are some more of the sights and sounds from the recent event. Good speakers or headphones recommended!
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01/17/2017 at 00:14. Facebook
"I have a dream". Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his legacy advancing the civil rights movement. He not only had dreams for equality but he was one of the most influential figures in making those dreams become a reality. Dreams can be powerful when we come together to pursue them. What are your dreams?
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01/16/2017 at 20:39. Facebook
Dramatic light makes for this amazing pic of Yosemite National Park in California. For Niaz Uddin, Yosemite has always fascinated him. β€œWhen I got my driver license for the first time, I just rented a car and drove to Yosemite from Los Angeles. Now having the opportunities to travel and capture this beauty means everything to me.” Photo courtesy of Niaz Uddin.
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01/16/2017 at 00:36. Facebook
Winters in Yosemite can be a time of quiet solitude, ripe with inward reflection. A tree stands alone in El Capitan meadow, reflecting in the calm waters of the Merced. Where do you go to find peace in our ever busy world?
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01/15/2017 at 00:57. Facebook
If you look closely you'll notice snow blowing off of the top of El Capitan creating some brief winter magic. Do you have any favorite memories where nature showed you something unexpected?
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01/14/2017 at 20:30. Facebook
Here's a compilation of frazil ice viewed along the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail this morning. This natural phenomenon occurs when water is flowing high and temperatures dip below freezing. Have you ever experienced frazil ice where you live (or here in Yosemite)? If so, please share your experiences in the comment section below.
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01/14/2017 at 17:56. Facebook
The downhill ski portion of the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is open today! They now offer downhill skiing, snowshoe, and cross-country ski rentals. This photo from today was captured via the Yosemite Conservancy webcam of Glacier Point, which is reachable via cross-country ski or snowshoe treks from the ski area.

Live webcams of the park are viewable here: [ Nps.gov Link ]
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01/14/2017 at 02:30. Facebook
With the fresh snow and full moon tonight, it is an optimal time to take a walk through the park and enjoy it by night. Aren't here to see it? We hope you appreciate the moon wherever you are at tonight, and that these photos will give you a little inspiration for next time.
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01/14/2017 at 00:01. Facebook
With the high waters from the recent storms and below freezing temperatures, we have been noticing frazil ice occurring throughout the park, with reports of it accumulating as high as seven feet this morning near Lower Yosemite Fall. There is more predicted to occur tomorrow morning. Please keep in mind that frazil ice is not completely solid: fast, cold water awaits underneath. If you do...
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Yosemite Nature Notes - 9 - Frazil Ice

Summertime visitors to Yosemite National Park miss many of the unique events of winter and early spring. Frazil ice flows are dramatic natural events that oc...

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01/13/2017 at 20:51. Facebook
After all of the stormy weather we've been receiving it's refreshing to see some sunshine in Yosemite Valley! Highway 140 and the Big Oak Flat Road have reopened. Be sure to carry tire chains with you as they may be required at any time. For current road conditions and chain restrictions call 209/372-0200 (dial 1, then 1).
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01/13/2017 at 01:19. Facebook
Fresh snow mixed with the aftereffects of the flood create a beautiful combination. Floods are usually perceived as negative. They can be dangerous and even fatal to people. They can be the cause of property damage and loss. Amidst all the inconveniences floods can create they are actually good for the land. Water rises over the river banks into new territory, redistributing rocks, soils, and...
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We've been getting a lot of snow today and yesterday!

However, a new rockfall just west of Yosemite Valley means there is no access to Yosemite Valley via El Portal Road (Hwy 140) or Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120 from the west). The only access to Yosemite Valley is via the Wawona Road (Hwy 41), which has received heavy snow. Bring tire chains and know how to use them; install them as instructed...
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Yosemite National Park experienced several days of rainy weather with relatively high snow levels, resulting in a large area of the park receiving rain. The result was a flood, which peaked at 4 am on January 9, 2017, at 12.7 feet (2.7 feet above flood stage, or 10,488 cubic feet per second) at Pohono Bridge in western Yosemite Valley. There was no major damage associated with the flood.
The El Portal Road (Hwy. 140) has reopened. While the road is open and clear, do not stop along the road when traveling to Yosemite Valley. The Hetch Hetchy Road has also reopened. [ Nps.gov Link ]

El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has Reopened

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Yosemite Valley is open with limited services, and El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140 into Yosemite) is also open with delays until 6 pm. El Portal Road will close at 6 pm in anticipation of heavy rain and rockfall concerns and will be reevaluated at 6 am on Wednesday. All other roads leading to Yosemite Valley are open (chains are required). Conditions can change rapidly; call...
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