Just when we thought winter was over...
Soft morning light falls on the Valley floor; it bounces off the rocks and reflects in the meadow's pools.
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03/21/2017 at 01:34. Facebook
Some people come here to spend weeks in the wilderness, some come to climb big walls, and some like to unfold a camp chair and sit by the river. What is your preferred way to experience nature?
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03/19/2017 at 23:47. Facebook
Where do you like to take a moment to sit back and reflect on life?
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03/18/2017 at 17:58. Facebook
Have you ever noticed the canyon to the left of Yosemite Falls? This canyon is where Yosemite Creek used to flow down to the valley floor. During the past two million years, glaciers flowed down Yosemite Creek's valley. As the glaciers receded, they left behind debris (moraines), altering the course of Yosemite Creek and turning Yosemite Falls from a cascade into a waterfall. The upper portion...
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03/17/2017 at 23:56. Facebook
While conditions for skiing are great in the high country, hiking conditions are variable at the lower elevations, including around Yosemite Valley. If you plan to hike above the valley floor, be prepared for snowy/icy conditions and bring along traction devices for your boots. This picture was taken on the Four Mile Trail which is now open to just before Union Point.

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03/17/2017 at 00:21. Facebook
Turn up your volume to hear this amazing performance of frogs singing in Cook's Meadow after dark! Your trip doesn't have to end after the sun goes down. The darkness adds a sense of mystery and the park seems to come alive at night. The possibility of seeing a moonbow, stargazing, and heightened activity by wildlife are just some of the wonders that can be experienced at Yosemite after dark....
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03/16/2017 at 00:20. Facebook
Sen·ti·nel, ˈsent(ə)nəl/ - a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch. Sentinel Rock was named because of its resemblance to a watch tower where a sentinel may safely watch over an area. What does this feature make you think of today?
There's still lots of snow in the high country, so we've changed the tentative opening dates for Tuolumne Meadows Campground and Bridalveil Creek group sites from July 15 to August 1. We will not be accepting reservations for dates prior to August 1 for these two campgrounds for now. The campgrounds could still open earlier. We'll provide updates once we make a determination (we won't know for...
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"Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence." — Alfred Nobel
Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it's off to work we go! Road crews have been very busy lately working on damages caused by severe winter storms. The Wawona Road (Highway 41) is reopened to one-lane traffic while work continues on the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West). There is no estimated date for the road to reopen at this time. Please call 209/372-0200 (dial 1, then 1) for updated road conditions...
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This is some of the trash collected along sections of the Valley Floor Loop Trail. Picking up litter isn't just for Junior Rangers. It's something we can all get on board with. No matter where you live you may notice a problem with litter. Whether it was left behind on purpose or on accident it doesn't belong. It can be easy to ignore what we don't want to see but every piece collected counts,...
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Great news! Hwy 41 into Yosemite has reopened!
"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world." — John Muir
Looks like it's snack time for this merganser!
Rangers performed snow surveys in the park a few weeks ago and found a lot of snow! Snowpack in the park was twice the average for March 1. At Tenaya Lake (pictured), rangers measured 151 inches of snow (190% of average by water content). The next snow surveys, performed around April 1, usually show the most amount of snow...
Our Tuolumne Meadows winter rangers have experienced it all this week! During the first few days of March the skiing was some of the best of the season, which was then punctuated by an intense 48 hour blizzard. You can currently expect just about every ski condition possible! Read more in our weekly blog: [ Nps.gov Link ]
Happy International Women's Day! Did you know that the first woman to become a park ranger worked in Yosemite? During the spring of 1918, Clare Marie Hodges applied to the superintendent, Washington B. Lewis, and said, "Probably you'll laugh at me, but I want to be a ranger." He responded, "I beat you to it, young lady. It's been on my mind for some time to put a woman on one of these...
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Many of us who work in Yosemite have seen Tunnel View too many times to count but that doesn't mean it ever fails to take our breath away. Whether there's a new dusting of snow on the cliffs, a rainbow reveals itself in Bridalveil Fall, or a sunset changes the colors seen on these granite faces before our eyes; this viewpoint never looks the same twice. If you've been here, please share your...
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"Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts." — John Muir