"Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.” ― Mary Oliver
The west side of the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail is open with access to the viewing area (part of the trail is snowy; traction devices are recommended). The east trail remains closed due to frazil ice. Frazil ice looks like snow, but it cannot support your weight, and it's hard to tell if you're walking over the trail or over moving water. Please use caution and do not enter any closed areas.
From the crest of the Sierra, you can see snow, snow, snow everywhere! Tuolumne Meadows has over 130 inches of snow while Tioga Pass has over 200 inches! (We'll have official snow survey results next week.) Read this week's winter ranger report at [ Nps.gov Link ].
The way the clouds hug El Capitan help exhibit its sheer magnitude.
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Wildlife adaptations can oftentimes resemble superpowers. For instance, the Merced River has been around 40°F lately yet this merganser is able to swim in it freely without freezing.

Have you ever stuck you hand in snow? Your hand begins to melt the snow around it and the snow cools down your hand. You can't leave it in for too long without causing damage to it. That's because you don't have...
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Light can be compelling in so many ways. It unearths the deep vivid colors of any landscape. A full moon illuminates the surrounding scenery at night. It can make for a peaceful sunrise or a dramatic sunset. It causes rainbows to appear unexpectedly after a storm. It dances with water droplets at the base of waterfalls creating a spectacle of sparkles. This morning it peeked through the trees,...
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Rain contributing to the power of Bridalveil Fall.
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Interested in Yosemite history? You'll want to check out this online exhibit from the California State Archives: [ Google.com Link ]
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"All good things are wild and free" — Henry David Thoreau
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What a difference a day makes...
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The Big Oak Flat Road will be closed nightly from 6 pm to 6 am between Crane Flat and Foresta due to storm-related road damage. These closures will remain in effect at least through Tuesday, February 21, 2017. During the nighttime closure, there will be no access to Yosemite Valley if entering Yosemite via Highway 120. Due to the condition of the road, it is not safe for nighttime vehicular...
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The Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) in Yosemite National Park will be Closed Daily from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am

One of our favorite Yosemite pastimes is watching the clouds float over our heads. Check out this time-lapse of clouds moving over Yosemite Falls this afternoon. What are some of your favorite pastimes in nature?
We're expecting rain and high-elevation snow this weekend, yet Upper Pines Campground is fully reserved (a limited number of first-come, first-served campsites are also available). Wawona, Hodgdon Meadow, and Camp 4 are also open but could fill.
It's not always a bad thing to live life with your head in the clouds.
Will you be our Valentine? Yosemite needs park lovers like you to help protect and care for these special places. Pictured here is El Capitan, one of the most prominent features in Yosemite Valley. The heart shape on the rock face always makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Share with us why you love national parks in the comments below!
Everyone's got a favorite: color, food, activitiy, hobby. Sunsets are an easy favorite when thinking about the outdoors. For those who brave the colder temperatures, winter sunsets can provide some of the most vivid colors in the sky, clouds, and on the rocks. Sometimes we like to use colors of food to describe sunset tones; apricot, salmon, and watermelon are frequently used! What is your...
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This formation is now known as the Three Brothers, although it was previously called Wawhawkee which is said to mean "falling rocks" by the Southern Sierra Miwuk. This past summer we observed frequent rockfalls from here, making its original name seem very appropriate.
“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” —John Muir.