Did you know there are 48 giant sequoias in Yosemite Valley? Although these trees are not native to the Valley, people were so impressed by their grandeur they decided to plant them as early as the 1800s. This particular sequoia tree was planted in front of the Yosemite Museum in 1924. Although these trees in Yosemite Valley may seem old to us, they are actually relatively young. Sequoias can... View details ⇨
Have you ever closed your eyes, went to sleep, reopened them, and awoke to a Yosemite sunrise? Sometimes it can feel like you're in a dreamland while visiting... but this view has been a reality for many visitors. What was your favorite awakening in Yosemite?
Sunrise or sunset? Since this photo was taken facing east, some may assume that it is sunrise, however, it is a sunset. The waning light of the sun reflects off the granite cliffs and clouds, creating the colors you see here.
In 2014, our collaborators at UC Davis set out to capture and outfit a small number of Sierra Nevada red foxes with GPS collars in hopes of being able to locate active dens. In addition, dispersing individuals with collars could potentially lead us to new population centers. The female pictured here was caught and collared early in the winter of 2015 as a yearling or subadult. She did not... View details ⇨
Holidays are a busy time for the park, throw in some amazingly dramatic weather and it can feel as busy as summertime! If you are visiting this week, remember to bring tire chains, drive slowly, watch out for wildlife and pedestrians...and above all celebrate safely.
We're in the midst of several small storms, giving us some rainy days in Yosemite Valley, some sunny days, and some in-between days. If you'll be visiting this week, check road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) and bring tire chains!
The Tioga Road (continuation of Highway 120 through the park, pictured) and the Glacier Point Road closed last night due to icy conditions. We do not have an estimated time of reopening for either road. Check road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1).
Our latest episode of Yosemite Nature Notes is Soundscapes...
"When you start to tune in to the soundscape, you realize there's this other dimension to what we're experiencing when we're out here." –Ranger Karyn
Have you ever experienced Yosemite Valley by the light of the moon? Nightly temperatures are brisk, but with views like this (North Dome and Washington Column) it is entirely worth throwing on your jacket and hiking around. Do you enjoy night hikes or are you afraid of the dark?