Experience Your America Yosemite National Park

Vol. 35, Issue No.4

Inside:
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Things to Do

02 Park Overview 05 Yosemite Valley 08 Wawona, Glacier Pt. 10 Tuolumne

Meadows 16 Camping
17

Hiking

May-June 2010
Clark Range, from Glacier Point. Photo by Christine White Loberg

Where to Go and What to Do in Yosemite National Park

May 26 - June 29, 2010

Yosemite Guide

Experience Your America Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Guide May 26 - June 29, 2010

Things to Do
Keep this Guide with you to get the most out of your visit
hat do you want to do with your special time in Yosemite? The choice is yours, but to give you some ideas, park rangers made a list of possibilities for adventure. In no particular order, here are 12 popular activities for a day in Yosemite National Park. Walk to a Waterfall Yosemite Valley is famous for its aweinspiring waterfalls; each as distinct as the granite cliffs they dive over. While Yosemite Falls may be dry by August, Bridalveil, Vernal, and Nevada Falls flow all year. (See page 17 for hiking information.) Explore a Sequoia Grove Meet the most massive trees on earth as you explore a giant sequoia grove. Yosemite is home to three groves—the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of sequoias, and the Tuolumne and Merced Groves, which each hold dozens. (See page 2 for a map of the park.) See Sunset from Glacier Point Glacier Point provides a superb view of Half Dome, towering more than 3,000 feet above Yosemite Valley. Witness the sunset, as it lights up the cliff face, from Glacier Point or other points in Yosemite Valley. Listen in on a sunset talk with a ranger at Glacier Point. Expect a half-hour delay on the Glacier Point Road Monday through Friday. Visit the other valley, Hetch Hetchy “Almost an exact counterpart of the Yosemite…a visit to its counterpart may be recommended, if it be only to see how curiously nature has repeated herself.” -Josiah D. Whitney. Hetch Hetchy provides spectacular vistas, waterfalls, and early season hiking. (See page 2 for a park map and area information.) Drive to Olmsted Point Take in the spectacular panoramic view from this scenic turnout on the Tioga Road: Tenaya Canyon, granite peaks

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Valley” for a wild ride through the universe to learn about stars, constellations, planets, meteors, and other night sky features, all from the comfort of Yosemite Valley. Sign up at any tour desk. (See page 4 for tour desk locations.) Go to the Theater Yosemite Theatre LIVE offers entertainment and inspiration through a variety of live theater performances that bring Yosemite’s history to life. Discover the world of John Muir and other characters from the park’s rich history. (See page 7 for shows and starting times.) Have Fun with the Family Learn about Yosemite, meet a park ranger, and have a blast by becoming a Yosemite Junior Ranger or Yosemite Little Cub. Check in with any visitor center to find out how. Stop by the Nature Center at Happy Isles for another great place to explore with the family. (See page 12 for the Jr. Ranger Page.) Visit the Yosemite Museum Learn about Yosemite Indians by exploring a museum collection that includes remarkable woven baskets and traditional dress. Tour the outdoor Indian Village or talk with an Indian cultural demonstrator. The Yosemite Museum is located in Yosemite Village at shuttle stops #5 and #9. (See page 5 for museum hours and a list of gallery events and features.)

You can bring your own bike or rent in the Valley. See the bottom of pages 4 and 15 for bicycle rental information. NPS photo by Erik Skindrud

Bring Your Yosemite Guide With You!
The list on this page offers 12 popular things to do. The table of contents (“What’s Inside...”) at lower right shows where you can turn for more information. Program listings (by area) are on pages 6, 7, 9, and 11.
and domes, and Tenaya Lake with Mt. Conness in the background. (See page 2 for a park map and area information. The Tioga Road usually opens in late May or June.) Travel Back in Time Visit Wawona’s Pioneer Yosemite History Center and join “Buckshot” for a horse-drawn stage ride! These 10-minute rides introduce you to an early chapter in Yosemite’s history. Fun for the whole family. (See pages 8 and 9 for history center and other program information.) Stroll with a Ranger Learn about the wonders of the park on a ranger-guided stroll. Programs are offered daily throughout the park on a variety of topics including waterfalls, trees, bears, geology, Yosemite Indians and more. (See area program grids on pages 6, 7, 9, and 11.) Take a Photography Class Learn how to best capture the landscape of Yosemite by joining a photography expert from the Ansel Adams Gallery. Several classes are offered each week. Learn more and sign up at the Ansel Adams Gallery located in Yosemite Village at shuttle stops #5 and #9. (See pages 6 and 7 for times and meeting places.) Discover the Night Sky Attend the “Starry Skies Over Yosemite

Western tanager. By Lauren Hamilton

Emergency: Dial 911
Road, Weather, and Park Information: www.nps.gov/yose or 209/372-0200 Sudden changes in weather are common in the Sierra Nevada. Call the number above or check at a visitor center for the most recent weather forecast. Lost and Found To inquire about items lost or found at one of Yosemite’s restaurants, hotels, lounges, shuttle buses, or tour services, call 209/372-4357. For items lost or found in other areas of the park, call 209/379-1001.

Access for People With Disabilities
The Yosemite Accessibility Guide is available at park entrance stations, visitor centers, and online at www.nps.gov/yose/ planyourvisit/accessibility.htm. Accessible parking spaces are available just west of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. To reach these, enter the Valley on Southside Drive. Turn left on Sentinel Drive. Turn left on Northside Drive, and follow the blue-and-white signs. A sign language interpreter may be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors. Call 209/372-0296 to request an interpreter. Advance notice of at least 2 days is requested. Assistive Listening Devices are available upon advance request. Inquire at a visitor center.

What’s Inside:
2 3 4 5
Discover Yosemite Exploring the Park Yosemite Valley Valley Store, Restaurant, Medical, and Service Info Program Listings

9 Wawona Programs 10 Tuolumne Meadows,
White Wolf, Hetch Hetchy

6-7 Yosemite Valley 8 Wawona, Glacier Point

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Tuolumne Programs Jr. Ranger Activities All About Bears Camping Hiking
Feature Article: Fishers

Where to Go and What to Do in Yosemite National Park

raft.yosemite-gateway. You can get there via Highway 41/Wawona Roadfrom Fresno.220 meters) Entrance Fees Reservations are NOT required to enter Yosemite.yarts. a massive granite monolith that stands 3. Interagency Annual Pass $80 Valid for one year at all federal recreation sites. 24 hours/day. plunging waterfalls including the tallest in North America.000 feet / 1.Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Falls Yosemite Lodge El Capitan Valley View Bridalveil Fall Yosemite Village/ Visitor Center The Ahwahnee Curry Village Discover Yosemite Stanislaus National Forest To Manteca To 120 To Day Parking 140 Let your curiosity guide you to new places To Merced To 41 To Fresno Tunnel View Yosemite Valley (Elevation 4. Mirror Lake and Mount Watkins. Interagency Access Pass (Free) (Lifetime) For permanently disabled U.com Calif.com Highway 120 East Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce and Mono Lake Visitor Center.homeofyosemite.gov Lodging Reservations 801/559-5000 www. Welcome Center. bike. where you will see reflections of Half Dome.593 feet from base to summit. or tour. and attractive meadows. bicycle. and unusual rock formations.leevining. Walk to Mirror Lake.yosemitepark. 760/647-6629 www. car. on horseback.com Highway 132/49 Coulterville Visitor Center 209/878-3074 Highway 140/49 Yosemite Mariposa Tourism Bureau 866/425-3366 or 209/966-7081 www. The park is open year-round. Tuolumne 5 Meadows oad White Wolf d oa aR iog T oad Ev ergreen R Big Oak Flat Entrance 120 To Manteca Yosemite Creek Porcupine Flat Hodgdon Meadow Tuolumne Grove 4 Tamarack Flat Big Oa k Merced Grove Trailhead Crane Flat Glacier Point Tunnel View Mer Foresta El Portal To Merced ve r Me d i rce 140 Arch Rock Entrance Yosemite West Glacier Point Rd ce d Yosemite 1 Valley Valley Visitor Center 2 Tio g Tenaya Lake r Rive aR d oa Flat R Reservations Campground Reservations 877/444-6777 www. Valid for 7 days. Whether you explore the valley by foot. open all year. you will behold scenery that will leave you breathless and eager to see what’s around the next corner. citizens or permanent residents.yosemitethisyear. While Yosemite Falls slows to trickle by August. Gaze up at El Capitan. Highway 140/El Portal Road from Merced.thegreatunfenced. Delays will be 30 minutes during the day (up to 60 minutes from 11 pm to 6 am). or horse.com Bridalveil Creek Waw Inyo National Forest Expect delays along the Wawona Road.com Highway 41 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau 559/683-4636 www.recreation. R on a R oad 3 Ranger Station Food Service & Lodging Campground Gas Station Mariposa Grove Sierra National Forest Wawona Wawona Campground Sierra National Forest Pioneer Yosemite History Center Regional Info Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) www.S. Merced 800/446-5353 or 209/384-2791 www. citizens or permanent residents 62 and over.com Highway 120 West Yosemite Chamber of Commerce 800/449-9120 or 209/962-0429 Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau 800/446-1333 www. Yosemite Valley is home to massive cliff faces like El Capitan and Half Dome. Sunday 11 pm through through Friday 4:30 pm. a moderate hike will bring you to impressive Vernal and Nevada Falls.S. Photo by Christine White Loberg 2 .org 0 5 km 5 miles South Entrance 41 To Fresno Yosemite Valley 1 Yosemite Valley. motorcycle. and (during summer) via the Tioga Road/Highway 120 east from Lee Vining. is world-famous for its impressive waterfalls. Interagency Senior Pass $10 (Lifetime) For U. Yosemite Pass $40 Valid for one year in Yosemite. Vehicle Valid for 7 days $20 Hetch Hetchy Entrance Hetch Lake Eleanor O’Shaughnessy Dam Hetch Hetchy 6 Hetch Hetchy Backpackers' Campground (Wilderness Permit Required) Tuo To 395 & Lee Vining 120 ne l um r Rive Hetch yR oa Tioga Pass Entrance d Individual $10 In a bus. Highway 120 west/Big Oak Flat Road from Manteca. on foot. cliffs.

watch blacksmiths at work at the blacksmith shop. with reduced hours during the rest of the year. At Glacier Point.214 feet down to Yosemite Valley below. In order to avoid overcrowding and reduce impacts. the beginning of your hike. and the Yosemite’s high country. Photo by Erik Skindrud Wilderness Travel Basics Yosemite’s Wilderness provides outstanding opportunities for solitude in a beautiful setting. Stop at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center for information about hiking to Cathedral Lakes. a trailhead quota system limits the number of backpackers entering a trailhead on a given day. or hike one of the scenic trails. then turn onto Glacier Point Road. Photo by Christine White Loberg 3 from the Wawona Store. to Chinquapin. Clouds Rest and Half Dome as seen from the Tioga Road at Olmsted Point. Tioga Road and Tuolumne Grove Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests. Of each daily quota for a trailhead. take the Wawona Road (Highway 41). and walk one steep mile down to the grove. Dog Lake. 3 . is the starting point for day hikes to Lukens Lake and Harden Lake.000 feet. Be prepared for 30-minute construction delays (60 minutes at night) on the Wawona 2 Road Sunday evening through Friday evening. is also home to spectacular scenery and the starting point for many wilderness trails. and granite domes. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is a short drive or help reduce congestion by taking the free shuttle View from Glacier Point at sunset. two miles from the park’s South Entrance. but are quieter and off-limits to vehicles. Hetch Hetchy. Photo by Victoria Mates Bridge over the Tuolumne River at Tuolumne Meadows. To get there from either of these places.200 to nearly 10. lakes. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is located 40 miles from Yosemite Valley.Yosemite Guide May 26 . The Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River winds through broad sub-alpine meadows surrounded by even higher granite domes and peaks. Be prepared for 30-minute construction delays (60 minutes at night) on the Wawona Road Sunday evening through Friday evening. however. winding Hetch Hetchy Road. Half Dome. vehicles over 25 feet long. 60 percent can be reserved ahead of time. adjacent to the historic Wawona Hotel. It is the jumping off place for countless hikes. while the remaining 40 percent is available on a first-come. or the same day as. Trailers. no fishing or swimming is permitted. The White Wolf area. and RVs and other vehicles over 8 feet wide are not allowed on the narrow. The nearby Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona is a collection of historic buildings associated with people and events that shaped the national park idea in Yosemite. so it offers an opportunity to experience many of Yosemite’s habitats. park at the Tuolumne Grove parking area on the Tioga Road. The road’s elevation ranges from 6. a short. The Mariposa Grove Museum. a source of drinking water and hydroelectric power for the city of San Francisco. See page 14 for more information about wilderness permits and wilderness permit reservations. Lembert Dome. visit the Wawona Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio. an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley. The Hetch Hetchy Road is open 7 am to 9 pm May 1 through Labor Day.June 29. Take advantage of the free shuttle service in Tuolumne Meadows or the Tuolumne Meadows Tour and Hikers’ Bus from Yosemite Valley. This was once a painting studio for the 19th-century artist Thomas Hill. Enjoy a horse-drawn stage ride. or along the Tuolumne River through Lyell Canyon. 2010 Glacier Point Glacier Point. whether you venture out for a day or a week. Wawona and Mariposa Grove The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is located 36 miles (1 ¼ hours) south of Yosemite Valley via the Wawona Road (Highway 41). paved. For more information. and wheelchair-accessible trail takes you to an exhilarating—some might say unnerving— view 3. It is usually open from late May or early June through sometime in November. Or park at Merced Grove trailhead on Big Oak Flat Road and walk 1. midway across the park. Hetch Hetchy Road is accessible via the Big Oak Flat Road and Evergreen Road and is approximately a 1 ¼-hour drive from Yosemite Valley.5 steep miles down to the grove. These groves are smaller than the more-famous Mariposa Grove. Photo by Pam Meierding 4 Tuolumne Meadows 5 Tuolumne Meadows provides a glimpse of the High Sierra. Remember: walking down is easier than walking back up. Photo by John Sun Hetch Hetchy 6 Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Glacier Point Road is usually open from late May through sometime in November. Elizabeth Lake. To see giant sequoias. Due to its importance as a municipal water supply. meadows. is located 30 miles (a one-hour drive) from Yosemite Valley or Wawona. firstserved basis one day prior to.

and Mirror Lake to strenuous hikes to the top of Yosemite Falls or Nevada Fall. • • • Call 209/372-4386 for reservations or inquire at the tour desks at Yosemite Lodge. The Grand Tour includes the Valley. wildflowers. Bikes are only allowed on paved bicycle paths. with spring runoff. From spring to fall. See pages 5. You can use your own bicycle or rent one from Yosemite Lodge or Curry Village. Sentinel Bridge. Tunnel View. Walking and Hiking From easy walks to Lower Yosemite Fall. and The Ahwahnee.593 feet from base to summit. El Capitan. Photo by Pam Meierding 4 . talks. The Glacier Point Tour leaves Yosemite Lodge at 8:30 am. dominates most views in Yosemite Valley. Cook’s Meadow. 6. Photo by Christine White Loberg Above: Valley Floor Tour. Glacier Point. • Half Dome. An experienced guide narrates each tour. It is easily reached by shuttle at stop #16 or by walking from Curry Village. and Bridalveil Fall. Information: 209/372-8348 (reservations strongly recommended). El Capitan. a massive granite monolith. Cook’s Meadow. Tunnel View. The Valley also harbors a rich collection of human stories. and the Mariposa Grove. and 7 for more information on program topics and visitor services available. two-hour open-air tram tour narrated by a park ranger (weather permitting). Forces of uplift. and rockfall all shaped this famous feature into what we see today. 10 am. and Glacier Point. Sentinel Rock. climbers come from all over the globe to scale El Capitan. You can walk to its base or take the strenuous trail to its top (see page 17). Curry Village. It is spectacular at sunset or after the clearing of a storm. Bicycling Several miles of bicycle paths wind through Yosemite Valley. and trees. Yosemite’s most distinctive monument. BookS. and evening programs. The tour departs Yosemite Lodge at 8:45 am daily. Stable hours are 7:30 am to 5 pm daily. The tour departs Yosemite Lodge several times daily. erosion from rivers and glaciers. Sightseeing Some of the famous landmarks in Yosemite Valley include: • Yosemite Falls gives the Valley an extra touch of life when it’s flowing • • Top: Upper Yosemite Fall and Half Dome as seen from the Yosemite Falls Trail. Cross the footbridges onto the isles or wander through outdoor and indoor exhibits detailing Yosemite’s geologic story. Yosemite Valley An unlimited array of possibilities await you in Yosemite Valley.) • The Valley Floor Tour is a 26-mile. meadows. One-way tickets are available for those who want to hike down from Glacier Point. and 1:30 pm daily when the Glacier Point Road is open.Village Store 7:30am to 3pm The Ahwahnee The Ahwahnee Gift Shop 8am to 10pm The Ahwahnee Sweet Shop 7am to 10pm Yosemite Lodge Gift/Grocery 8am to 10pm Nature Shop 10am to 7pm Tour Desk 7:30am to 7pm Curry Village Mountain Shop 8am to 8pm Gift/Grocery 8am to 9pm Tour Desk 7:30am to 3pm Housekeeping Camp Gift/Grocery 8am to 8pm The Incomparable Yosemite Valley Yosemite Valley embraces one of the world’s most outstanding concentrations of waterfalls. See page 17 for a list of hikes. Yosemite Bookstore . from American Indian lore to the birth of the national park movement. Cathedral Rocks. Mule & Horseback Rides Horse or mule rides begin at the stable near North Pines Campground. Half Dome. Tours (Tours listed below depart from Yosemite Lodge. stands 3.Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley Spectacular vistas and the heart of the park VALLeY SeRVICeS PoST oFFICeS Yosemite Village Main Office Monday-Friday: 8:30am to 5pm Saturday: 10am to noon Yosemite Lodge Post Office Monday-Friday: 12:30pm to 2:45pm GRoCeRY. Yosemite Valley has a wide range of walking and hiking possibilities. are just a few locations with stunning views of Half Dome. & GIFTS Yosemite Village The Ansel Adams Gallery 9am to 6pm Yosemite Art & Education Center 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4:30pm. granite walls. Most involve sightseeing and learning about the scenery. Yosemite Village. along Wawona Road (Hwy 41) provides a classic view of Yosemite Valley.Visitor Center 9am to 7:30pm Yosemite Museum Store 9am to 5pm (May close for lunch) Village Store Gift/Grocery 8am to 10pm Habitat Yosemite (opens May 28) 10am to 5pm Sport Shop 9am to 6pm Tour Desk . See pages 6 and 7 for scheduled strolls. Happy Isles is a place to see dramatic natural processes at work. Ranger Programs Rangers give walks and talks every day about Yosemite’s natural and cultural history.

Noon to 11pm Sat. Located south of the Village Store. maps. & Sun. All are welcome to the opening reception on June 15 from 5-6:30 pm. plan trips. This inspiring visitor-orientation film provides a stunning overview of Yosemite’s splendor. noon to 9 pm on Sat.-Fri. Interprets the cultural history of Yosemite’s Miwok and Paiute people from 1850 to the present. The visitor center is just west of the main post office (shuttle stops #5 and #9). The store offers books and traditional American Indian arts.com. the nature center offers natural-history exhibits and a bookstore. Free access is available at the Mariposa County library. and books. Drop-in and urgent care: 8am to 7pm. and books. Mountain Room Restaurant 5:30pm to 9:00pm Reservations for 8 or more: 209/372-1281 Curry Village Guest Lounge 8am to 10pm Coffee Corner 6am to 10pm Curry Village Bar Noon to 10pm Pavilion Buffet Breakfast: 7am to 10am Dinner: 5:30pm to 8pm Pizza Deck Noon to 10pm Taqueria 11am to 5pm Happy Isles Snack Stand 11am to 7pm Yosemite Valley Valley Visitor Center and Bookstore Visitor center and bookstore hours are 9 am to 7:30 pm. and classes. other photographers and artists.) Located on Ahwahnee Drive. Yosemite Art & Education Center The Yosemite Art & Education Center offers a selection of original art and art supplies. 5 . south of the Yosemite Cemetery at Yosemite Village (hours are limited). Call 209/372-4413. (Also: Mountain Crisis Services for victims of domestic violence.June 29. The nature center is a short walk from shuttle stop # 16. The facility offers information. Top left: Summer fun along the Merced. M-F. Nature Center at Happy Isles Open 9:30 am to 5 pm daily. this information station is open 10 am to 4 pm daily. This exhibit features paintings. 2010 Yosemite Valley Where to Go & What to Do The Heart of Yosemite national Park The height of summer offers special opportunities for learning and adventure. classes.-Fri.Yosemite Guide May 26 . Top right: Rangers with visitors. This exhibit will be open daily from June 16 through October 31. and Sunday between noon to 5:30 pm in the Valley Visitor Center Theater. workshops. Visit Dental Services Located next to the Medical Clinic 209/372-4200 or 209/372-4637. The exhibit includes an interactive kiosk related to the Grand Register and a digital slide show of historic visitors and hotels. Monday through Saturday between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm.-Sun. Historic hotel registers and the Grand Register of the Cosmopolitan will also be on view. the gallery is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. The gallery offers the work of Ansel Adams. or visit www. Wilderness Center The Valley Wilderness Center is located in Yosemite Village adjacent to the post office. 6). from 10 am to 4 pm. 209/372-4637. prints. Appointments: 8am to 5pm. crafts. required for dinner. VIeWS & VISIToRS: THe YoSeMITe exPeRIenCe In THe 19TH CenTuRY Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Degnan’s Delicatessen 7am to 5pm Degnan’s Cafe 11am to 6pm (opens May 28) Village Grill 11am to 5pm The Ahwahnee Dining Room Breakfast: 7am to 10:30am Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm Dinner: 5:30pm to 9pm Sunday Brunch: 7am to 3pm Reservations recommended for all meals. Open 9 am to 5 pm. the Center is open 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm daily. as well as a four-hour art workshops Tuesday through Saturday (see pg. camera walks. obtain wilderness permits and maps. Designed for nature-exploring children and theirfamilies. Services are open longer and additional lectures. FILM: Spirit of YoSemite the wilderness center to learn about wilderness safety. NPS photo by Erik Skindrud Top center: Pine flower. 209/372-1489 The Ahwahnee Bar 11am to 11pm Yosemite Lodge Food Court Daily 6:30am to 8:00pm Mountain Room Lounge 4:30pm to 11pm Mon. artifacts and ephemera from Yosemite’s early years. Food & BeVeRAGe Yosemite Village Degnan’s Loft 5pm to 9pm on Mon. 6 Internet Access Fee-based terminals are available at Degnan’s Deli. Ansel Adams Gallery In Yosemite Village next to the Valley Visitor Center. Activities are listed on the front porch. jewelry. IndIAn CuLTuRAL exHIBIT Visitor Parking Information Station Located in a yurt at the Yosemite Village Visitor Parking (see map on back of this Guide).anseladams. YoSeMITe MuSeuM SToRe Yosemite Museum Located in Yosemite Village next to the Valley Visitor Center. Wireless access is offered at Yosemite Lodge (for a fee). and rent bear canisters. Explore the exhibits and learn how Yosemite’s landscape formed and how people interact with it. and programs are available. Photos by Bethany Gediman MedICAL & denTAL Yosemite Medical Clinic Emergency care: 24 hours daily. It is shown every 30 minutes.

May 23 – May 29 Linda Nadel. Memorial Day . and a new climate change exhibit. Meet in front of the Valley Visitor Center at 9:00 am. Watercolor Basics May 30 – June 5 Roger Folk. Photo Walk (except June 3) 1½ hrs. Wawona. CHuRCH OF CHRIST El Portal Chapel / Worship: Sunday 11am Info: 209/379-2100 SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Lower River Amphitheater. Waterfalls and Streams of Yosemite June 6 – June 12 Robert Dvorak. pick up a catalog at any park visitor center. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) Free Saturday 10:00am 11:30am Art Workshop ReLIGIouS SeRVICeS YOSEMITE COMMuNITY CHuRCH Valley Chapel. 9006 Cedar Ct. Tickets/info. Help preserve and protect native habitat in Yosemite Valley and learn about the park’s resources management program. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (APN/Canon) Habitat Protectors of Yosemite Wednesdays. Tickets/info at any tour desk. call 209/379-2321. near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) Outdoor Adventures and Custom Adventures For more on Yosemite Association’s field seminars. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A sign language interpreter may be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors. Experience the park with a professional guide: 209/372-8344. Call 209/372-4475. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (AAG) Art Workshops The Yosemite Art & Education Center offers art workshops from 10 am to 2 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The Ahwahnee. June 5-6 The Hidden History of the Chinese in Yosemite – Yenyen Chan reveals secrets. Tuesday 10:00am Art Workshop 11:00am 8:30am 4 hrs. at any tour desk. 10am at Valley Visitor Center Wednesday & Friday. and sturdy shoes or boots. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) Free Adventure Hike – Yosemite Falls 6 hrs. The Lodge is located at shuttle stop #12. Evening programs are scheduled for 8:00 pm and are free. & Thursday DNC General Office Bldg. 209/586-4325 LATTER-DAY SAINTS Sacrament meetings. June 12 Birding Yosemite Valley – Michael Ross. Tickets/info. Yosemite Art and Education Center (YA) $ Photo Walk (June 26 only) 1½ hrs. See page 6 for details. steep inclines may be encountered. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) Free Bike to Hike Tour 2½ hrs. Painting Yosemite From the Heart: Watercolor June 13 – June 19 Tom Fong. Sunday. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (APN/Canon) LeConte Memorial Lodge LeConte Memorial Lodge is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Gloves and tools will be provided. Short. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (APN/Canon) HABITAT PRoTeCToRS oF YoSeMITe (HAPY) (Starts in June) 3 hrs. Inquire at a visitor center. Contact 209/372-4726 (TTY) or 209/ 372-0296 to request an interpreter. Advance notice of 2 days is requested. ROTARY INTERNATIONAL Thursday at noon at The Ahwahnee. Thursday 7pm. The Lodge has a library. 6 pm at Lower Pines Amphitheater. June 18-20 Waterwheel Photography Backpack – Find an astonishing aquatic display. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (AAG) Wednesday 9:00am Photo Walk (except June 2) 1½ hrs. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (APN/Canon) 8:30am Monday 9:00am Photo Walk (except May 31) 1½ hrs. Yosemite Art and Education Center (YA) $ CHILdRen’S PHoTo WALk 1 hr. Curry Village bike stand (YMS) $ CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! 1 hr. and Sunday evenings. LIONS CLuB First and third Thursday of each month at noon. 11am. at any tour desk. 4 hrs. Yosemite Art and Education Center (YA) $ CHILdRen’S PHoTo WALk 1 hr. 8:30am 9:00am Photo Walk (except June 5) 1½ hrs. Saturday. Yosemite Village. Worship. Curry Village Mountaineering School (YMS) $ CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! (except May 27) 1 hr. in Yosemite Village.org. Photo courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite. at any tour desk. Curry Village Mountaineering School (YMS) $ JunIoR RAnGeR WALk 1 hr. at any tour desk. Sunday 1pm. Watercolor for Landscape June 27 – July 3 Chris Van Winkle. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (AAG) Bike to Hike Tour 2½ hrs. Sunday 9:15am. Curry Village Mountaineering School (YMS) $ JunIoR RAnGeR WALk 1 hr. Assistive Listening Devices are available upon advanced request. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) Free JunIoR RAnGeR WALk 1 hr. 209/372-4729. near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) Photo Walk (except May 30 & June 6) 1½ hrs.Labor Day. supplies extra). Nature Center at Happy Isles. Tickets/info. Inc. children’s corner. and some Thursday evenings. Saturday 9:45 am Music/Sabbath School. See page 6 for details. long pants. Call ahead at least two weeks to arrange your own naturalist guide who will meet your interests and schedule. Tickets/info. with evening programs Friday. great habitats and a lively bird study. Yosemite Chapel. Sign up in advance at The Ansel Adams Gallery Meet at The Ahwahnee (APN/Canon) CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! 1 hr. Front of Yosemite Museum (NPS) A DNC Interpreter engages young park visitors during a Wee Wild Ones program. Spontaneous Watercolor – Bold and Free June 20 – June 26 Don Fay. at any tour desk. Curry Village bike stand (YMS) $ 10:00am Ranger Stroll – Yosemite’s First People 1½ hrs. or visit www. 11:00am 4 hrs. Nature Center at Happy Isles. Tickets/info. Help keep Yosemite’s ecosystem healthy and intact for the enjoyment of future generations! Volunteers must wear long-sleeves. 9 am to noon.yosemite. Watercolor on Location 8:30am 9:00am 9:30am Photo Walk (except June 4) 1½ hrs. at any tour desk. June 4-6 Miwok-Paiute Basketry 1 – The Parker women share an ancient tradition. Reservations / information: 209/372-8459. NPS DNC AAG AAC APN SC YA YMS $ National Park Service DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite. guided climbs. 11 am. The Ansel Adams Gallery American Alpine Club American Park Network Sierra Club Yosemite Association Yosemite Mountaineering School Programs offered for a fee Indicates facilities accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. May 26 Moonbow Photography – Capture a lunar spectral arc with John Senser. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) Free discovery Hike – Vernal Fall Bridge 10:00am 11:30am 3½ hrs. 2010 Sunday MoRnInG 8:30am 9:00am Photo Walk (except May 30 & June 6) 1½ hrs. and daily hikes. & 6:30pm. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (APN/Canon) CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! (except May 28) 1 hr. Tuesday. Be prepared to work outdoors. custom backcountry trips. near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) Thursday 10:00am Art Workshop Yosemite Mountaineering School YMS offers rock climbing classes. 6:30 pm. See page 6 for details. Tuesday Bible studies Info: 209/372-4831 ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass: Saturday. The Yosemite Association also offers individualized Custom Adventures for groups and families. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (APN/Canon) Programs printed in ALL CAPS & CoLoR are especially for CHILdRen And THeIR FAMILIeS SeRVICe oRGAnIzATIonS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOuS 7:30pm Sunday. See page 6 for details. 12:30 pm potluck. Register for classes in advance: 209/372-1442 (suggested donation of $5. Yosemite Art and Education Center (YA) $ Photo Walk (except May 28 & June 4) 1½ hrs. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (APN/Canon) CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! 1 hr.Experience Your America Yosemite National Park SCHeduLed eVenTS In YoSeMITe VALLeY May 26 – June 29. June 20 Buffalo Soldiers on Patrol – How African-Americans have protected Yosemite. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (YMS) $ Friday 10:00am 11:30am Art Workshop 4 hrs. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (APN/Canon) Adventure Hike – Vernal/nevada Falls 6 hrs. 8 6 . Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) Bike to Hike Tour 2½ hrs. Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Join Yosemite Resources Management & Science staff for a stewardship project. Curry Village bike stand (YMS) $ 10:00am 11:30am 8:30am 9:00am Art Workshop 4 hrs. June 23-25 North Dome Moonrise Photography Backpack – A unique time and place. Volunteer project. See page 6 for details. Yosemite Art and Education Center (YA) $ Photo Walk (except May 26 & June 2) 1½ hrs. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (AAG) discovery Hike – Vernal Fall Bridge 3½ hrs. A CHRISTIAN MINISTRY IN THE NATIONAL PARkS 9am Sunday at Lower Pines. June 13 Foresta Birding – Michael Ross shares a special hotspot for diversity. 8:30am 9:30am Photo Walk (except June 1 & 29) 1½ hrs. and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds. Tickets/info. Nature Center at Happy Isles.

near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Tickets in advance at the Valley Visitor Center or any tour desk. at any tour desk. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! (except May 27) 1 hr. Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. A live performance featuring Lee Stetson. LeConte Memorial Lodge. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC/APN) STARRY SkIeS oVeR YoSeMITe VALLeY (June 16 & 23 only) 1-1½ hrs. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) 9:00pm discovery Hike – Vernal Fall Bridge 3½ hrs. Tickets/info. Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. Nature Center at Happy Isles. Valley Visitor Center Auditorium (NPS) JunIoR RAnGeR WALk –TReeS 1½ hrs. en el rastro de Cascada Baja de Yosemite (DNC) JunIoR RAnGeR WALk – WATeR 1½ hrs. at any tour desk (DNC) $ 7:00pm 8:30pm Ranger Stroll – Bears 1½ hrs. Informal learning activities in English & Spanish for kids & adults / 2 horas. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC/APN) STARRY SkIeS oVeR YoSeMITe VALLeY (except May 30 & June 6) 1-1½ hrs. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC) 1½ hrs. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. see local listings for location (DNC) Free 9:00pm 6:00pm 12:00pm 1:00pm 1:30pm 2:00pm Fryman. Recommended ages 7-13. Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! 1 hr. Tickets/info. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. at any tour desk (DNC) $ 7:00pm 8:00 pm Sunday If These Granite Walls Could Talk 2½ hrs. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC/APN) evening Program 1 hr. Curry Village area. Nature Center at Happy Isles. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! 1 hr. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC/APN) STARRY SkIeS oVeR YoSeMITe VALLeY (except May 27 & June 3) 1-1½ hrs. Limited space available. Nature Center at Happy Isles. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC/APN) evening Program1 hr. A live performance featuring Lee Stetson. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) 6:00pm Wednesday 1:30pm 2:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 1:00pm Twilight Stroll (June 16 & 23 only) 1 hr. Followed by a discussion with climber Ron Kauk. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (AAG) $ 3:00pm 4:00pm Ranger Stroll – Bears 1½ hrs. Valley Visitor Center Theater (YA) $ Ranger Program 1 hr. at any tour desk (DNC) $ Twilight Stroll (except May 31) 1 hr. Presented by Mark Giambastiani and Leslie Tuesday Twilight Stroll (except June 1 & 8) 1 hr. Valley Visitor Center Theater (YA) $ Ranger Program 1 hr. Curry Village Mountaineering School (YMS) $ open House (May 26 only) 3 hrs. The Ahwahnee back lawn (DNC) Wee WILd oneS (except May 29) 45 min. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC/APN) evening Program 1 hr. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Valley Visitor Center or any tour desk. Valley Visitor Center Theater (YA) $ Ranger Program 1 hr. near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) 9:00pm 6:00pm Twilight Stroll 1 hr. The Ahwahnee back lawn (DNC) Wee WILd oneS 45 min. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) FAMILY STRoLL 1 hr. 2009 AFTeRnoon 1:30pm 2:00pm JunIoR RAnGeR WALk – BeARS 1½ hrs. Recommended ages 7-13. shuttle stop #3 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC) Yosemite Theatre LIVe: Conversations With a Tramp – An evening With John Muir (except June 8) 1½ hrs. Tickets/info. Valley Visitor Center Theater (YA) $ LeConte Memorial Lodge 1 hr. at any tour desk. Recommended ages 7-13. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC/APN) evening Program 1 hr. at any tour desk. The Ahwahnee back lawn (DNC) Wee WILd oneS (except June 1 & 8) 45 min. at any tour desk (DNC) $ Twilight Stroll (except May 29 & June 5)1 hr. at any tour desk (DNC) $ 7:00pm 8:00 pm 1:30pm Thursday 2:00pm 8:30pm In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams: Seeing Artistically with your Camera 9:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 1:30pm 2:00pm 6:00pm Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. see local listings for location (DNC) Free JunIoR RAnGeR WALk – WILdLIFe 1½ hrs. Recommended ages 7-13. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) Fine Print Tour 1 hr. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) evening Program 1 hr. actividades de aprendizaje informales en Ingles y Espanol para los ninos y los adultos. Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. en el rastro de Cascada Baja de Yosemite (DNC) JunIoR RAnGeR WALk – CLIMATe CHAnGe 1½ hrs. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. (AAG) $ Ranger Stroll – Trees The Ahwahnee. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. ASM Affiliates. at any tour desk. actividades de aprendizaje informales en Ingles y Espanol para los ninos y los adultos. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) evening Program 1 hr. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) evening Program 1 hr. Tickets/info. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! 1 hr. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) Friday 4:00pm Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Curry Village Mountaineering School (YMS) $ 3:00pm 4:00pm Ranger Stroll – Rivers and Waterfalls 1½ hrs. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) FAMILY STRoLL (except May 28) 1 hr. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. Valley Visitor Center Auditorium (NPS) LoWeR YoSeMITe FALL FAMILY ACTIVITIeS/ ACTIVIdAdeS de FAMILIA de CASCAdA BAJA de YoSeMITe (except June 1 & 8/excepto el 1 y 8 del Junio) 2 hrs. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery (AAG) $ Ranger Stroll – Geology Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Come learn about park improvement efforts. near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) FAMILY STRoLL 1 hr. The Ahwahnee back lawn (DNC) Wee WILd oneS (except June 6) 45 min. Shuttle stop #12 (SC) June 6: Birding Through Time in Yosemite June 13: The Mail Must Go Through Yosemite June 20: Yosemite’s Botanical Treasures: Where did they come from & where are they going June 27: Yosemite Sister Parks in China Ranger Program 1 hr. Recommended ages 7-13. featured in the film. Valley Visitor Center Theater (YA) $ LeConte Memorial Lodge 1 hr. Curry Village area. Shuttle stop #12 (SC) June 17: WAYS VISIToRS exPeRIenCe ASTRonoMY In YoSeMITe June 24: HIkInG HALF doMe Ranger Program 1 hr. Tickets/info. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. shuttle stop #12 (SC) eVenInG 6:00pm Twilight Stroll (June 20 & 27 only)1 hr. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. Curry Village Mountaineering School (YMS) $ 4 hrs. 2010 Yosemite Guide July 26 . The Ahwahnee back lawn (DNC) Wee WILd oneS 45 min. Tickets in advance at the Valley Visitor Center or any tour desk. Tickets/info.August 4. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC) Yosemite Theatre LIVe: The Spirit of John Muir 1 ½ hrs. featured in the film. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) evening Program 1 hr. A Film by Ken Burns about diverse national park pioneers. Nature Center at Happy Isles. Tickets/info. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. see local listings for location (DNC) Free 8:30pm 9:00pm 1:00pm 1:30pm 2:00pm discovery Hike – Four Mile Trail to union Point 3½ hrs. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) Twilight Stroll (June 18 & 25 only) 1 hr. near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) CHILdRen’S THeATRe LIVe: RAnGeR ned’S BIG AdVenTuRe! (except May 28) 1 hr. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) If These Granite Walls Could Talk 2½ hrs. Limited space. at any tour desk (DNC) $ 7:00pm 8:30pm using Your digital Camera Class 3:00pm 4:00pm 1:00pm 4 hrs. Inc. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC) Yosemite Theatre LIVe: John Muir Among the Animals 1½ hrs. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC) Yosemite Theatre LIVe: this is America . Tickets/info. Shuttle stop #12 (SC) June 5: John Muir: Alive! June 12: Tree-mendous! Tribute to the Poetry & Music of Yosemite Trees June 19: ACRoSS THe RAnGe: HIke FRoM SeQuoIA To MT. WHITneY – HIkInG VIdeo June 26: TRAnSPoRTATIon In YoSeMITe: STAGeCoACHeS. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC/APN) evening Program 1 hr. Short talk about a Yosemite topic.1½ hrs. LeConte Memorial Lodge. Recommended ages 7-13. Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. at any tour desk (DNC) $ 7:00pm 8:00 pm Yosemite Theatre LIVe: Return to Balance: A Climber’s Journey 3:00pm Ranger Stroll – Bears 1½ hrs. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. shuttle stop #12 (SC) LeConte Memorial Lodge 1 hr. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) evening Program 1 hr. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) Wee WILd oneS (except June 6 & 27) 45 min. Tickets in advance at the Valley Visitor Center or any tour desk. Front of Valley Visitor Center (NPS) SoLSTICe WRITInG WoRkSHoP (June 27 only) 2 hrs. Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (AAG) STARRY SkIeS oVeR YoSeMITe VALLeY (except May 28) 1-1½ hrs. see local listings for location (DNC) Free 8:30pm THRouGH THe YeARS Ranger Program 1 hr. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) Wee WILd oneS (except May 26 & June 2) 45 min. at any tour desk. Followed by a discussion with Ranger Shelton Johnson. Valley Visitor Center Theater (YA) $ LeConte Memorial Lodge 1 hr. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC/APN) Film: Ansel Adams 1 hr. A live performance featuring Lee Stetson. Tickets in advance at the Valley Visitor Center or any tour desk. Shuttle stop #12 (SC) May 28: John Muir’s Phenomical Science June 4: AMeRICAn IndIAn SToRYTeLLInG & FLuTe June 11: PReVenTATIVe SeARCH & ReSCue In YoSeMITe June 18: ALonG THe JoHn MuIR TRAIL – HIkInG VIdeo June 25: CLIMBInG YoSeMITe’S WALLS Ranger Program 1 hr. TRAInS & AuToMoBILeS 9:00pm 7 9 . Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC) Yosemite Theatre LIVe: Vintage Songs of Yosemite 1½ hrs. near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Tickets/info. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC/APN) STARRY SkIeS oVeR YoSeMITe VALLeY (except May 31) 1-1½ hrs. Nature Center at Happy Isles. Recommended ages 7-13. Tickets in advance at the Valley Visitor Center or any tour desk. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC/AAC) STARRY SkIeS oVeR YoSeMITe VALLeY (except May 29) 1-1½ hrs. near shuttle stop #16 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Sign up at The Ansel Adams Gallery (AAG) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. The Ahwahnee back lawn (DNC) Wee WILd oneS (except May 28) 45 min. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) Yosemite Forum – Carl Inn: An early 20th Century Auto Camp on the Way to Yosemite (June 8 only) 1 hr. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) evening Program 1 hr. Nature Center at Happy Isles. Shuttle stop #11 (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite 15 min. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (YMS) $ JunIoR RAnGeR WALk – AHWAHneeCHee 1½ hrs. Informal learning activities in English & Spanish for kids & adults / 2 horas. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. Tickets/info.Yosemite Guide May 1 . Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) Monday 2:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm 8:30pm Ranger Stroll – Bears 1½ hrs. Curry Village Amphitheater And Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC) Yosemite Theatre LIVe: Return to Balance: A Climber’s Journey (except June 18) 1½ hrs. The Ahwahnee back lawn (DNC) Wee WILd oneS 45 min. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC) Wee WILd oneS (except June 1 & 8) 45 min. Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater (DNC/APN) STARRY SkIeS oVeR YoSeMITe VALLeY (except June 1 & 8) 1-1½ hrs. Curry Village area. Valley Visitor Center Theater (YA) $ oPen HouSe (May 29 only) 1½ hrs. Curry Village area. Stories & activities for kids 6 and under. Curry Village area. Short talk about a Yosemite topic. see local listings for location (DNC) Free 8:30pm 9:00pm 6:00pm 1:00pm 1:30pm discovery Hike – Columbia Rock 3½ hrs. Tickets/info. Tickets/info.June 29. Tickets in advance at the Valley Visitor Center or any tour desk. Curry Village Mountaineering School (YMS) $ JunIoR RAnGeR WALk – GeoLoGY 1½ hrs. Curry Village Amphitheater (DNC/APN) evening Program 1 hr. Followed by a discussion with climber Ron Kauk. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. Yosemite entertainer Tom Bopp performs live to historic images and films. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) LoWeR YoSeMITe FALL FAMILY ACTIVITIeS/ ACTIVIdAdeS de FAMILIA de CASCAdA BAJA de YoSeMITe (except May 27 & June 3/excepto el 27 del Mayo y el 3 del Junio) 2 hrs. Nature Center at Happy Isles. Sign up in advance and meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Front of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00 pm Saturday using Your digital Camera Class 4 hrs. near shuttle stop #19 (NPS) evening Program 1 hr.

209/375-6502. Mariposa Grove. and a small bookstore. so use the free shuttle. Private vehicles longer than 25 feet are not permitted on this road. and watch a demonstration of the ancient art of blacksmithing. BLACkSMITH SHoP Smell the burning coal. German. Walk from the hotel or park at the Wawona Store parking area and follow the path up the hill. South Entrance. Tuesday through Saturday. at right. $4/ adults and $3/child (ages 3-12). Located in the Upper Mariposa Grove. NPS photo by Susan Michael Wawona Visitor Center at Hill's Studio Store Gift Shop Post Office Wawona Hotel Trail to Mariposa Grove (6 miles) explore History discover Giant Trees Find Amazing Vistas These park areas offer unique opportunities to visit historic and natural landmarks. books. and maps. Live demonstrations See page 9. Hill’s Studio was the gallery and art studio of famous 19th-century landscape painter. A few of these giants are visible in the parking area. oLd-FASHIoned WeT-PLATe PHoToGRAPHY deMonSTRATIon A shuttle stops at the Wawona Store. The trail to the Grizzly giant has interpretive signs that provide a selfguiding tour.Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Wawona. at right. FRee MARIPoSA GRoVe & WAWonA SHuTTLe Travel into history by taking a 10-minute horse-drawn stage ride. Shuttles operate beginning at 9 am. tram tour of the grove is available 9 am to 5 pm. bear canister rentals. See page 9. Mariposa Grove Ranger Walks Rangers lead walks among the giant sequoias. Mariposa Grove Meadow Loop Trail Big Trees Tram Tour A 1 ¼-hr. Topics vary nightly. the Mariposa Grove is the park’s largest stand of giant sequoias. displays on giant sequoias. a covered bridge. exPeRIenCe HoRSe-dRAWn TRAVeL Located near Yosemite’s South Entrance. at right. or on the history of Wawona. tea. Mule & Horseback Rides Mule or horse rides begin at the Wawona Stable (see map at left). Coffee with a Ranger Grab your mug and join a ranger in the Wawona Campground Amphitheater for coffee. for dates and times. Trailers are prohibited on the Mariposa Grove Road. and the last shuttle leaves the grove at 6 pm. Information about access for people with disabilities is available at the tram boarding area. and locations. The history center is always open. Dogs or bikes are not allowed on trails and roads in the Mariposa Grove. he will present an hour-long interpretive program on the vintage songs of Yosemite. and hot cocoa. Open 7 am to 5 pm daily beginning June 11. 41) To South Entrance & Mariposa Grove Wawona & the Mariposa Grove Wawona Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio Open 8:30 am to 5 pm. See the equipment and chat with a photographer about this 150-year-oldmethod (June 16 -20 only) 8 10 . as he performs songs and stories from Yosemite’s past.) Shuttle Service to Yosemite Valley FRee SHuTTLe SeRVICe BeTWeen WAWonA And YoSeMITe VALLeY The bus departs daily from the Wawona Hotel at 8:30 am and from the Wawona Store at 8:35 am. (See page 9 for schedule. hear the ring of the hammer on the anvil. for dates. Once or twice a week. Mariposa Grove Museum & Trails Open 10 am to 4 pm daily. French and Japanese. Ranger evening Programs Join a ranger around a campfire for an hour of nature. Visitors may park at the Wawona Store to board the bus. with slide or music accompaniment. conditions permitting. Use this time to plan your day or get other questions answered. or after the last tour. Tickets may be purchased at the Stage Office in the Pioneer Yosemite History Center. explaing their natural history and historical importance. A visit to the Pioneer Yosemite History Center explores Yosemite’s history and explains how Yosemite was the inspiration for national parks across America and around the world. Call 209/375-1621 or stop at a tour desk for more information. Cars are prohibited beyond the grove parking lot. The return trip departs from Yosemite Lodge at 3:30 pm. wilderness permits. history. and insight into Yosemite. This audio tour is available in five languages and for the visually impaired. The road may close due to limited parking. Located on the grounds of the Wawona Hotel. withabout 500 large mature sequoias. and Mariposa Grove. the museum offers information. and interpretive signs and brochures are available. evening Programs at the Wawona Hotel Join pianist/singer Tom Bopp in the Wawona Hotel lobby from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Getting to Mariposa Grove Allow 1 ¼ hours driving time to reach the grove from the Valley. and Glacier Point To Chilnualna Falls Trailhead and The Redwoods in Yosemite Trail to Alder Creek Alder Creek Trailhead To Wawona Campground & Yosemite Valley Ch u iln aF aln ad Ro s all Stable Pioneer Yosemite History Center Campground Reservation Office Wawona Glacier Point Mariposa Grove Covered Bridge D est For rive iv dR South Fork Merce er Horse-drawn stage ride. Pioneer Yosemite History Center Go back to a time of horse-drawn wagons. 209/375-9531. times. Translations are available in Spanish. the visitor center offers information about park activities. trail information. See page 9. Parking Accessible Park ATM Visitor Information PAD Program (Public Access Defibrillation) Restrooms Hiking Trail Road Wawona Golf Shop Wa won a Road (Hwy. and log cabins. Thomas Hill. for dates and times. Please use this free shuttle service to help reduce congestion and parking delays.

Stargazing programs are offered. 2010 Yosemite Guide July 26 . Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) 2:00pm Ranger Walk—Cliffs and domes 2 hrs. Meet at Taft Point/ Sentinel Dome parking area on Glacier Point Road (NPS) Photo Walk (except May 31) 1½ hrs. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) 8:30pm Stars over Yosemite (except May 28 and June 25) Glacier Point amphitheater. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove (June 24 only) 1½ hrs. Informal learning activities for kids and adults. at any tour desk. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) A Glimpse of the Wawona Miwok Indians (June 19 only) 11 9 . each. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) 7:45pm Sunset Ranger Talk ½ hr. Ask Tom for details. Glacier Point railing. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) 10:00am – Noon / 2:00pm – 4:00pm Horse-drawn Stage Rides (May 31 only) 2:00pm 5:30pm 8:00pm 9:00pm 8:00am 10:00am 10 min. Saturday Tom Bopp. Topics vary nightly. Canceled if overcast (NPS) Wet-Plate Photography demonstration (June 19 only) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) 1:00pm 2:00pm 5:30pm 8:00pm 1 hr. Details at right. each. Bring a mug. Check local postings for changes to hours of operation. at any tour desk (DNC) $ Glacier Point Monday nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove (June 21 & 28 only) 1½ hrs. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) 7:45pm Sunset Ranger Talk (except June 8) ½ hr. Topics vary nightly. (DNC) $ Sunday 10:00am – 1:00pm / 2:00pm – 5:00pm Blacksmithing demonstration (June 13. Programs are available by request. 5:30pm Vintage Music of Yosemite 4 hrs. Live music & historical programs with pianist/singer Tom Bopp. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) 2:00pm Ranger Walk— Cliffs and domes 2 hrs. Dress warmly. Purchase tickets from Stage Office in the Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) $ 3:00pm 7:00pm Thursday 10:00am – 1:00pm / 2:00pm – 5:00pm Blacksmithing demonstration (except May 27 & June 3) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) Wet-Plate Photography demonstration (June 17 only) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) 2:00pm 5:30pm 8:00pm 8:00am nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove (June 24 only) 1½ hrs. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove (June 25 only) 1½ hrs. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) STARRY SkIeS oVeR WAWonA (June 21 & 28 only) 1-1½ hrs. at any tour desk (DNC) $ nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove (June 22 & 29 only) 1½ hrs. Meet at Mountaineer’s Cabin. Tickets/info. overlooking the Valley (NPS) 10:00am – 1:00pm / 2:00pm – 5:00pm Blacksmithing demonstration (except May 29 & June 5) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) 8:30pm Stars over Yosemite (except May 29 and June 26) Glacier Point amphitheater. Live music & historical programs with pianist/singer Tom Bopp. Wawona Hotel lobby (DNC) Campfire Talk with a Ranger (June 21 & June 28 only) 1 hr. Glacier Point railing. Blacksmithing demonstration (except May 28 & June 4) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) Wet-Plate Photography demonstration (June 18 only) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) 7:45pm Sunset Ranger Talk (except May 28 and June 25) ½ hr. each Purchase tickets from Stage Office in the Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) $ GLACIeR PoInT 11:00am Hike to the Hidden Illilouette Fall 3½ hrs. Live music & historical programs with pianist/singer Tom Bopp. Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove 1½ hrs. (NPS) 2:00pm 5:30pm 8:00pm 8:00am nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove 1½ hrs. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove (June 23 only) 1½ hrs. Wawona Hotel Fountain (NPS) nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove (June 23 only) 1½ hrs. Easy. Tickets/info. Glacier Point railing. Bring a mug. Topics vary nightly. Ask Tom for details. Glacier Point Gift Shop (APN/Canon) GLACIeR PoInT STARGAzInG TouR (except May 27) 4½ hrs. Glacier Point railing. 7:45pm Sunset Ranger Talk ½ hr. Meet at Glacier Point Gift Shop (NPS) GLACIeR PoInT STARGAzInG TouR (except May 30) 4½ hrs. Meet in front of the Glacier Point Gift Shop (NPS) Photo Walk (except June 1 & 29) 1½ hrs. Tickets/info. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) 10:00am nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove 1½ hrs. Photo courtesy Yosemite Research Library Coffee with a Ranger (June 21 & 28 only) ¾ hr. Tickets/info. Meet in front of the Glacier Point Gift Shop (NPS) Horse-drawn Stage Rides (June 18 & 25 only) 10 min. usually given at 8:30pm.June 29. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) Tuesday Hours listed are core hours for facilities and may be extended during periods of peak visitation. Pay at the pump 24 hours with credit or debit card. 20 & 27 only) 1 hr. Topics vary nightly. overlooking the Valley. Wawona Hotel lounge (DNC) Campfire Talk with a Ranger (June 26 only) 1 hr. overlooking the Valley. Nine-hole. Purchase tickets from Stage Office in the Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) $ 7:45pm Sunset Ranger Talk ½ hr. overlooking the Valley (NPS) Coffee with a Ranger (June 22 & 29 only) ¾ hr. Programs are available by request.Yosemite Guide May 1 . Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) Wawona History Stroll (June 16 & 23 only) 1 hr. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) 10:00am – Noon / 2:00pm – 4:00pm Horse-drawn Stage Rides (except June 13 & 27) 10 min. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) 7:45pm Sunset Ranger Talk ½ hr. at any tour desk (DNC) $ 10:00am 10:00am – Noon / 2:00pm – 4:00pm Horse-drawn Stage Rides (June 17 & 24 only) 10 min. Wawona Hotel lounge (DNC) Campfire Talk with a Ranger (June 25 only) 1 hr. usually given at 8:30pm. par-35 course. Easy. Topics vary nightly. as well. each. Wawona Hotel lounge (DNC) Campfire Talk with a Ranger (June 24 only) 1 hr. Meet at Taft Point/Sentinel Dome parking area on Glacier Point Road. Wawona Hotel lounge (DNC) Campfire Talk with a Ranger (June 23 only) 1 hr. Ask Tom for details. Bring a mug. Programs are available by request. Tickets/info. 7:00pm Purchase tickets from Stage Office in the Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) $ Full Moon Hike to Sentinel dome (June 25 only) 2 hrs. (NPS) Coffee with a Ranger (canceled May 29 if campground is closed) 10:00am 10:00am – Noon / 2:00pm – 4:00pm ¾ hr. Purchase tickets from Stage Office in the Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) $ 7:00pm GLACIeR PoInT STARGAzInG TouR (except May 26) 4½ hrs. 2009 WAWonA & MARIPoSA GRoVe 8:00am Coffee with a Ranger (canceled May 30 if campground is closed) ¾ hr. Wawona Hotel lounge (DNC) 3:00pm 7:00pm Food & BeVeRAGe Wawona Wawona Hotel Dining Room Breakfast: 7:30am to 10am Lunch: 11:30am to 1:30pm Dinner: 5:30pm to 9pm Saturday BBQ: 5-7pm Golf Shop & Snack Stand 9am to 5pm when golf course is open Glacier Point Snack Stand 9am to 4pm (opens June 4) 8:00pm Campfire Talk with a Ranger (June 22 & June 29 only) 1 hr. Canceled if overcast. Live music & historical programs with pianist/singer GoLF Wawona Hotel Golf Course 9am to 5pm Weather and conditions permitting. Glacier Point Gift Shop (APN/Canon) Horse-drawn Stage Rides (except June 12) 10 min. each. Glacier Point railing. Glacier Point railing. Programs are available by request. Topics vary nightly. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) 2:00pm A Short Walk to a Great View of el Capitan 1½ hrs.August 4. Purchase tickets from Stage Office in the Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) $ nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove (June 21 & 28 only) 1½ hrs. Tickets/ info. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) 3:00pm Photo Walk (June 12 & 19 only) 1½ hrs. 20 & 27 only) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) 7:00pm Wet-Plate Photography demonstration (June 20 only) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) 2:00pm 3:00pm 8:00pm 8:00am 10:00am nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove 1½ hrs. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) WAWonA HoTeL FAMILY ACTIVITIeS (June 21 & 28 only) 2 hrs. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) Wawona History Stroll (June 13. Bring a mug. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) Horse-drawn Stage Rides (June 23 only) 10 min. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) Vintage Music of Yosemite 4 hrs. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) Vintage Music of Yosemite 4 hrs. each. at any tour desk. Live music & historical programs with pianist/singer Tom Bopp. at any tour desk (DNC) $ 3:00pm 7:00pm evening Programs Meet a ranger to enjoy the lengthening shadows in Yosemite Valley and the alpenglow (or moonrise) on the Sierra high country. Moderately difficult. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) 2:00pm A Short Walk to a Great View of el Capitan 1½ hrs. Programs are available by request. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) Programs in CAPS & CoLoR are for CHILdRen & THeIR FAMILIeS GIFTS & APPAReL Wawona Wawona Store & Pioneer Shop 8am to 8pm Wawona Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio (Information and Books) 8:30am to 5pm Glacier Point Gift Shop 9am to 6pm Mariposa Grove Mariposa Grove Museum 10am to 4pm Big Trees Gift Shop 9am to 5 pm through May 27 9am to 6pm beginning May 28 Coffee with a Ranger (June 24 only) ¾ hr. overlooking the Valley (NPS) Geology Hut. Topics vary nightly. Bring a mug. Lower Grove trailhead (NPS) Vintage Music of Yosemite 4 hrs. Ask Tom for details. Wawona Campground Amphitheater (NPS) nature Walk in the Mariposa Grove 1½ hrs. Wawona Hotel Fountain (NPS) Campfire Talk with a Ranger (June 20 & 27 only) 1 hr. Bring a mug. (DNC) $ Wednesday 2:00pm – 5:00pm Blacksmithing demonstration (except May 26 & June 2) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) GRoCeRIeS Wawona Store & Pioneer Gift Shop 8am to 8pm beginning Wet-Plate Photography demonstration (June 16 only) Pioneer Yosemite History Center (NPS) 5:30pm 8:00pm 8:00am Vintage Music of Yosemite 4 hrs. usually given at 8:30pm. Bring a mug. Glacier Point Gift Shop (APN/Canon) GLACIeR PoInT STARGAzInG TouR 4½ hrs. usually given at 8:30pm. (NPS) 8:00am 9:00am 10:00am 2:00pm 2:00pm – 4:00pm Coffee with a Ranger (June 23 only) ¾ hr. overlooking the Valley. (NPS) Coffee with a Ranger (June 25 only) PoST oFFICe Wawona Post Office Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm Saturday: 9am to noon Friday 10:00am 10:00am – Noon / 2:00pm – 4:00pm ¾ hr. Glacier Point Gift Shop (APN/Canon) GLACIeR PoInT STARGAzInG TouR (except May 31) 4½ hrs. usually given at 8:30pm. (NPS) Photo Walk (June 10 & 24 only) 1½ hrs. Meet at Sentinel Dome parking area (NPS) 10:00am – 1:00pm / 2:00pm – 5:00pm GAS STATIon Wawona Gas Station 8am to 6pm Diesel & propane available. Ask Tom for details.

Tuolumne Meadows Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center Opening date depends on conditions. and insight into Yosemite. 209/372-0263. and Crane Flat Parking Accessible Parking ATM Visitor Information PAD Program (Public Access Defibrillation) Pacif ic C rest T rail Trail to Glen Aulin Trail to Young Lakes Stable Soda Springs Trails to: Dog Lake Young Lakes Trails to: Dog Lake Young Lakes Parsons Lodge McCauley Cabin To Tioga Pass 7 miles & Hwy 120 Restrooms Hiking Trail Road Lembert Dome oad ga R Tio Campground Reservations T uolumne Riv Tuolumne Lodge i cif Pa C res Store. hours are 9 am to 5 pm through June 18. Program topics vary. a two-hour. McCauley Cabin. and are posted at the campground. both flat and ¾-mile long. The way down can seem much easier than the return to the parking lot. Yosemite’s quietest stand of sequoias is the Merced Grove. and ranger-led programs are popular activities. bear canister rental. wilderness permits. bear canister rentals. Photo by John Sun . Stable hours are 7 am to 5 pm once open for the season (June 11. Mule and Horseback Rides Horse or mule rides begin at the Tuolumne Meadows stable. you can end your day with a Music Walk. Located 3½ miles north of Crane Flat and 4½ miles south of the Big Oak Flat Entrance. ranger-led campfire program for stories. Once open for the season. and backpacking information. the Tuolumne River. at shuttle stop #3. especially at sunrise and sunset. 9 am to 6 pm beginning June 19. Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center Hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm once the Tioga Road opens for the season. books. and Soda Springs Two trails. These walks range from one to eight hours and. naturally-carbonated springs that attract birds and deer. near Tuolumne Meadows. and guidebooks. and Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center. Check local postings for program schedule possibly beginning June 19. along the road to Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. ranger-led program for children (ages 7–12). history. This easy stroll will inspire and delight. selfguiding nature trail. birds. and maps. except for the long walks. Just for kids Programs for children include Junior Rangers. The path drops 500 feet (150 meters) in one mile. Parsons Memorial Lodge. the trail is marked by a sign and post labeled B-10. are fairly easy. The information station offers general park information. books. flowers. Parsons Memorial Lodge may be open from 10 am to 4 pm beginning in late June. It also provides wilderness permits. The wilderness center is located just south of Tioga Road. half-mile. Ranger Walks Join a ranger to explore new areas and learn about geology. lead to this historic area accessible only by walking. and displays available. maps. Cathedral Peak and Fairview Dome. Soda Springs are small. Post Office Mountaineering School & Sport Shop corn C reek D c na Fork Wilderness Center t Trail to Gaylor Lakes a ra c T il Sceni tional Na er m olu Tu High Sierra Peaks and Quiet Corners of the Park These areas offer amazing vistas and opportunities for solitude. On Friday. Park orientation. and Campfire for Kids. 10 12 Un i Tuolumne Meadows Hetch Hetchy White Wolf Visitor Information Center Tuolumne Meadows Campground rail John M u ir T Trail to Elizabeth Lake John Muir Trail ne R iver Tuolumne Meadows Big Oak Flat Trail to Lyell Canyon & Vogelsang Big oak Flat Information Station Open 8 am to 5 pm. songs. Tuolumne Grove This cluster of about 25 sequoias is near Crane Flat at the intersection of Big Oak Flat and Tioga Roads. Within the Tuolumne Grove there is an easy. a group of about 20 trees accessible only on foot. Information: 209/372-8427. conditions permitting). Check local postings for program schedule possibly beginning June 19. Hiking. The wilderness center offers maps. The former route of the Big Oak Flat Road leads downhill from Crane Flat into the grove. trail information. Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. backpacking. Grill. Merced Grove evening Activities Come to a traditional. End your day with a star program (bring a pad to sit on and dress warmly). Check local postings for program schedule possibly beginning June 19. White Wolf. The trip is moderately strenuous on the uphill portion.Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Tuolumne Meadows. and more. It’s a threemile round-trip hike (about three hours) into the grove from Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West).

and reservations are required. Check local postings for program schedule. Big Oak Flat Information Station (NPS) Saturday Programs printed in ALL CAPS And CoLoR are designed especially for CHILdRen & THeIR FAMILIeS 11 13 . Hodgdon Meadow Campground (check at kiosk for location) (NPS) GRoCeRIeS Tuolumne Meadows Store 8am to 5pm* Crane Flat Store 9am to 7pm* Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. Call 209/372-8413 White Wolf White Wolf Lodge Breakfast: 7:30am to 9:30am* Take-out Lunch: noon to 2pm* Dinner: 6pm to 8pm* Reservations recommended. Sunday Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. O’Shaughnessy 20 only if *Campfire programs begin June Dam (NPS) campground is open. Check local postings for program schedule. Pay at the pump 24 hours with credit or debit card. conditions permitting. Meet a ranger in the Tuolumne Grove for answers to your questions (NPS) FRee SHuTTLe BuS Olmsted Pt. depending on conditions.June 29. Call 209/372-8416. Limited to 30 people. Shuttles travel between Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and Olmsted Point with stops along the Tioga Road. Crane Flat area. TuoLuMne MeAdoWS Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. 9:00am 1:30pm Ranger Walk – Bears and other Wildlife (June 24 only) 1½ hrs. Call 209/379-1899 (NPS) GIFTS & APPAReL Tuolumne Meadows Mountaineering School and Sport Shop 9am to 4pm* Tuolumne Meadows Bookstore Inside the Visitor Center 9am to 5pm* Tuolumne Meadows Store 8am to 5pm* (tentatively opens noon on June 4) Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center 8am to 4:30pm daily* Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. opening date. / Tuolumne / Tioga Pass Free shuttle service is available along the Tioga Road from Olmsted Point to Tioga Pass. Big Oak Flat Information Station (NPS) GAS STATIonS Tuolumne Meadows Gas and propane available. 7:30am Birding with a Ranger (June 23 only) 2 hrs. Short talk on a park topic. Check local postings for program schedule. Check local postings for program schedule. Thursday Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. Check local postings for program schedule.August 4. Sign-up required. Tuesday Check local postings for program schedule. Meet a ranger in the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias for answers to your questions (NPS) PoST oFFICe Tuolumne Meadows Post Office Monday – Friday: 9am to 5pm* Saturday: 9am to 1pm* Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. Please check route maps at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center or shuttle stops for details. Service begins June 11. Binoculars available (NPS) JunIoR RAnGeRS (June 23 only) 1½ hrs. Short talk on a park topic. 2010 Yosemite Guide July 26 . Shuttles arrive at approximately 30-minute intervals between 7 am and 7 pm. Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. Hodgdon Meadow Campground kiosk. Monday 7:00pm 9:30pm Twilight Stroll 1½ hrs. Friday Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. Check local postings for program schedule. 1:30pm Meet Your Yosemite Check local postings 15 min. O’Shaughnessy Dam (NPS) 8:30pm Ranger Campfire Program 1 hr. Hodgdon Meadow Group Campground (NPS) Starry. The shuttle also makes morning and afternoon runs to Tioga Pass. The last shuttle leaves Olmsted Point at 6 pm. Check local postings for program schedule. Meet a ranger in the Tuolumne Grove for answers to your questions (NPS) Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. 2:00pm Giant Sequoias (except June 11 & 18) 2 hrs.Yosemite Guide May 1 . Bring water. Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. Check local postings for changes to hours of operation. for program schedule. Schedules are subject to change. Check local postings for program schedule. Check local postings for program schedule. including Tuolumne Meadows Campground and the visitor center. Check local postings for program schedule. Service begins at the Lodge at 7 am. Check local postings for program schedule. WHITe WoLF CRAne FLAT / HodGdon MeAdoW / HeTCH HeTCHY 2:00pm 8:30pm Giant Sequoias 2 hrs. Check local postings for program schedule. Pay at the pump 24 hours with credit or debit card. Bring water. Starry night (except June 8) 1¼ hrs. Hodgdon Meadow Group Campground (NPS) Wednesday 9:00am 2:30pm History & the Big Trees (except June 9 & 16) 1½ hrs. Hodgdon Meadow Meadow Campground (check at kiosk for location) (NPS) Food & BeVeRAGe Tuolumne Meadows Tuolumne Meadows Grill 8am to 5pm* Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Dining Room Breakfast: 7am to 9am* Dinner: 5:50pm to 8pm* Meals are served family style. Programs may begin late 9:30am Ranger Hike – Hetch Hetchy June depending upon 2 hrs. 9:30am Ranger Hike – Hetch Hetchy (except June 7) 2 hrs. Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. Crane Flat 9am to 7pm* Diesel & propane available. Ranger Campfire Program (Except May 30) 1 hr. 2009 *Facilities will open in early to mid June. Programs may begin late June depending upon opening date. Hodgdon Meadow Group Campground (NPS) Meet Your Yosemite (except June 10 & 17) 15 min.

Golden-mantled ground squirrel Mule deer Illustrations by Tom Whitworth 12 . If you see one. Learn to “leave no trace. take it to a visitor center. Write the name of the trail you walked. See page 17 of this Guide or stop by a visitor center to choose your trail. walk quietly. Have the ranger or demonstrator sign below. I see: ______________________ I hear: ________________________ Be a naturalist. Explore with your senses! Record the following. There you will take your oath and receive your Junior Ranger badge. Be sure to recycle any recyclable materials you pick up or bring along. watch. Why do people work to protect national parks? _____________________________________________________________ 7.” If you see trash or rubbish. Go to a ranger-led program or visit with an Indian Cultural Demonstrator. Think about this. When you complete this page. Learn more. Write down something you learned from a ranger or Indian Cultural Demonstrator. As you go. _____________________________________________________________ 6. Where did you see it? What was it doing? Also. 4. pick a trail to walk. ___________________________________ 2. If you don't see the animal below.Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Become a Junior Ranger Ages 3 and up can earn a badge by exploring the park Follow these steps to earn your Junior Ranger badge. 1. I smell: ____________________ I touch: _______________________ Draw a picture of something you saw along the trail. make a note by the animal's picture below. remember never to feed or approach an animal. Black bear Signed by: ___________________________________________________ 5. Look for these common Yosemite animals. please pick it up. listen. Marmot Coyote Clark's nutcracker 3. try to draw it in the box on this page. and think. With an adult.

Save A Bear Bear resistant food canisters are 2. In Yosemite and the southern Sierra. berries. visit the park’s website (www. they are calm. 3. and they recognize boxes and bags as potential food sources. trash problems. ice chests (even when empty). even if it’s sealed in the trunk or glove compartment. Hold your ground. Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center. bottles. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if drivers observed posted speed limits. When used correctly. 13 15 . Do all you can to appear larger. Their incredible sense of smell allows them to detect things we can’t. fight back! Mountain Lions are magnificent creatures and native to Yosemite. Canisters can be rented and retuned at any of these locations. cosmetics. Teach children what to do if they see a lion. acorns. Don’t turn your back to your food. grocery bags. If there is more than one person. Backpackers: Save Your Food. if you see one in a developed area (like a campground or parking lot). so be alert. They can easily and quickly break into all kinds of vehicles! Bears may enter campsites when people are present. pick them up. and/or revocation of camping permit. Following these regulations and precautions decreases the chance of personal injury or property damage. dead Bear Did you notice the red bear markers as you drove through the park? Each of them mark a place where a bear was recently hit. especially if it is with kittens. even when all the regulations and guidelines are followed. However. If you have small children with you. soap. act immediately to scare it away: Make noise and yell as loud as possible. and countless other animals are killed while trying to cross park roads. However. Always give them a way to escape. regardless of packaging. Stay calm.) 4. Generally. Slow down! Driving too fast is almost always the cause of these accidental deaths. consider yourself lucky—but keep your distance (at least 50 yards. Bears that become comfortable around humans lose their natural fear of us and may become too aggressive. Avoid hiking alone. and crumbs in baby seats. Your call can be made anonymously. stand together to present a more intimidating figure. and throw objects at it. and other food containers as potential food sources. Every year bears. quiet. Face the lion and stand upright. Report Bear Sightings! To report bear sightings. Keep food lockers closed and latched at all times. wave your arms.000 calories worth of grasses. Sightings are rare. If you see a bear. Food may be stored out of sight in hard-sided RVs with windows closed. The most common human-related cause of death for a black bear in Yosemite is being hit by a car. and the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station. Always keep food within arm’s reach. leave a message for the Bear Management Team at 209/372-0322. Big Oak Flat Information Station. or back away slowly. they sometimes have to be killed. a fine of up to $5. baby wipes. If the lion behaves aggressively. Red Bear. trash. just as is injury from any wild animal.000. hundreds of deer. Although lion attacks on humans are extremely rare. You may not see a bear during your visit because they naturally avoid people. The goal is to convince it that you may be dangerous. It’s a lot easier for a bear to eat the thousands of calories of food in an ice chest than it is to spend all day nibbling at grasses. bear damage and confrontations are still possible. They are attracted to areas with healthy deer and raccoon populations.7-pound containers that can be used to store five or more days of backpacker food when meals are carefully planned. Canisters have an inset lid that bears are unable to open. (See table below for details. bear canisters are the only effective and proven method of preventing bears from getting human food. Raise your arms. Bear canisters are available for $5 per trip at the Valley Wilderness Center. they are possible. improper food storage. Remember to clear your car of food wrappers. Bear resistant food containers are required throughout the Yosemite Wilderness. drive the speed limit. If attacked. the Wawona Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio. What should you do if you meet a mountain lion? Never approach one. such as canned goods. Bears can smell food. so they recognize ice chests. even when you are in your campsite or tent cabin. Hanging food is prohibited in Yosemite. toiletries. Photo by Christine White Loberg Keeping Bears Wild (While protecting yourself and your property) Top Three Ways to keep Yosemite’s Black Bears Wild and Alive: 1. Please remember that Yosemite National Park is a wildlife preserve: by driving the speed limit you are helping to protect the park and its wildlife. Watch children closely and never let them run ahead or lag behind on the trail. Do not leave food unattended. 2. Your Campsite or Tent Cabin Picnic Areas & on the Trails Backpacking in the Wilderness Note: Improper food storage may result in impoundment of your food or vehicle. 2010 Bears and Wildlife Enjoying wildlife safely and responsibly Mountain Lions Mountain lions are a normal and important part of the park ecosystem. bears have excellent vision and can see in color. You must store all your food in food lockers—not in your tent or tent cabin. and some will even check food lockers to see if they’re secured. A food locker is available at each campsite and tent cabin. If you get too close. How to Store Food “Food” includes any item with a scent.gov/yose/bears).June 29. Most lions will avoid confrontation. Do not store food in your car after dark: use a food locker. drinks.Yosemite Guide May 26 . This may include items that you do not consider food. and grubs— that’s the typical daily diet of most bears. scare it away or keep your distance.nps. shout. Pets can attract mountain lions. LOCATION FOOD STORAGE WHY? Your Vehicle You may store food inside your car (with windows closed) only during daylight hours. or about the distance made by four shuttle buses parked end to end). Don’t run. and other bear-related problems. but do not surround the bear. which include many areas of the park. so if you spot one.000 to 20. and elusive. For more information regarding bears and proper food storage. you will be helping the bear become used to being around people. If you see a bear anywhere else. Bears may investigate picnic areas or backpacks for food even when people are present. and unwashed items used for preparing or eating meals. consider yourself privileged! Sow and Cub. which helps them find food—a black bear can smell a dead deer three miles away. When that happens. bears learn that—although they smell like food—the canisters are not worth investigating. Store Your Food Properly. To top it off. For your safety: Do not leave pets or pet food outside and unattended.

other visitors. (See “Water Quality” at right. Rock Climbing.friendofyosar. Solo activities require increased precautions. • Avoid dehydration or heat exhaustion. More Information www. Backpackers with an appropriate wilderness permit can receive a Half Dome permit when they pick up their wilderness permit. Bring Water Avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion by carrying and drinking plenty of water. Saturdays. to take photos. and winding. • Stay on designated trails and routes. and park wildlife by observing the following simple rules: Please obey posted speed limits. with a little common sense and some pre-planning. The system limits the number of people using the cables to about 400 people per day and is in effect on Fridays.org Top left: Half Dome cables. • Avoid scrambling in steep terrain or off-trail. Yosemite’s roads are used by both visitors and park wildlife. Backpacking. Snow is possible year-round at higher elevations. Tuolumne Meadows. from any road. Sundays. • Wilderness Permits Free permits are required for overnight trips. Tell someone where you are going and when you are due back. consult the park map. Storms can occur with little warning. Pack out all trash and toilet paper/sanitary products. NPS Photo by Mark Fincher 14 . No more permits are available for May or June 2010. Camp in an existing campsite at least 100 feet from water and trail. While the forces of nature can create unexpected hazardous conditions.nps. Maximum group is 15 people for on-trail and eight for offtrail travel. take a class to learn critical safety and protection techniques.nps. Wawona. Big Oak Flat. and the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station (opening times vary). and Scrambling • Be honest about your abilities and plan with the least experienced member of your group in mind.) Protect Yosemite’s Wilderness • Free wilderness permits are required for all wilderness trips. narrow.htm Leave No Trace: www.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits. You can find more information at www. Use turnouts to pull completely out of traffic lanes. • To minimize trampling of vegetation. you can minimize the risks associated with many activities. When traveling on park roads you can protect yourself. Use gas stoves. Filters or other treatment methods are essential. Temperature shifts are common.Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Protect Yourself and Yosemite Keep safety in mind as you explore the park Permit Required to Hike Half Dome To address safety concerns related to increased crowding on the Half Dome cables. Never climb alone. but they must be picked up in person. first-served basis. carry and drink plenty of water. or simply enjoy the park’s scenery and wildlife. Permits are also not available in the park or on a firstcome. You must camp four trail miles from any populated area and one mile Hiking. bring a container to carry water to your camp from lakes or streams. Rock climbers who reach the top of Half Dome without entering the subdome area can descend on the Half Dome Trail without a permit. and bring highenergy food.org Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue www. Traffic Safety Roads leading to the park are two-lane.htm. Permits are issued at Yosemite Valley. You can reserve permits. and can make route finding difficult. A permit is not required to day-hike to Half Dome on other days.gov/yose/planyourvisit/ backpacking. • • • • Pack out all trash and toilet paper/sanitary products. keep yourself safe while exploring your park. Carry a signal mirror and whistle. • Check weather forecasts. and federal holidays when the cables are up (until October 11 in 2010). If new to climbing. • Be prepared to set up emergency shelter even when out just for the day. • Don’t depend on cell phone or GPS reception for your safety. Check the park’s website for trailhead availability and call 209/372-0740 to reserve a permit. the National Park Service has instituted an interim permit system in 2010 and 2011. Carry and know how to use a map and compass.lnt. not wood fires. There are many ways to experience the wildness of Yosemite.

2010 Water Safety Protecting park resources. Help Guard Park Resources. • Fallen trees and other natural debris in the river create important habitat for fish and other wildlife. If you see activities that could harm people or park resources. Now. Within these reaches of the river. unsuspecting visitors are swept over waterfalls to their deaths when swimming in these areas. Stream-polished rocks along the water’s edge are slippery when wet or dry. where streams flow over rocky obstructions. Crossing on a natural bridge of rocks or logs can be surprisingly slippery. • The use of live or dead minnows. • Trout season runs through November 15 (except Frog Creek near Lake Eleanor. You can help continue this progress by entering and exiting the river at designated launch and removal points. • Avoid areas of whitewater. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks may be used. rivers and creeks swollen by runoff from snowmelt are dangerous. or where signs are posted prohibiting them. Raft Rentals Raft rentals will be available from 10 am to 4 pm at Curry Village Recreation Center when conditions allow. Swimming Choose swimming areas carefully and swim only during low water conditions.gov/yose/planyourvisit/ yoursafety. use restroom facilities where available. When fishing. because of the careful actions of park staff and visitors. Never cross above rapids or falls. Consider where you will land if you fall. Do not tie yourself into safety ropes—they can drown you. closures. Pets kennel (open 8 am to 4 pm daily) is located at the Yosemite Valley Stable.Yosemite Guide May 26 . A valid California sport-fishing license is required for those persons age 16 years and older. birds. They are not allowed on trails. Please respect park resources and keep bicycles on paved roads and paved bicycle trails. River Crossings In summer. and pets in the park The Water Ways Not long ago. Please contact a park official if you see any of the following illegal acts: • Feeding or approaching wildlife • Collecting plants • Hunting animals • Collecting reptiles and butterflies • Picking up archeological items. • To prevent the spread of Giardia and other water-borne disease organisms. To prevent being pulled under by the weight or your pack. and wash hands with soap and water.. historic. Tuolumne. such as arrowheads • Using metal detectors • Driving vehicles into meadows • Camping outside of designated campgrounds • Possession of weapons inside federal facilities Please observe the following safety tips to protect Yosemite’s river and lakeshore habitats and to safely enjoy water activities throughout the park. Ask at a visitor center for conditions and obey all posted signs. • Pets are not allowed in any lodging facilities or other buildings within the park and are not allowed in some campgrounds. Be alert—they can also create hazards for rafters. • You must wear or have a U. bait fish or amphibians. should you need a place to board your dog (call 209/372-8348). non-preserved fish eggs or roe is prohibited. or Merced sequoia groves. Each year. plants are crushed from bicycle travel in meadows. . avoid places where the water is either swift or over your knees. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device immediately available.June 29. and other restrictions made by the superintendent. it is catchand-release only for rainbow trout. in Yosemite. and animals that depend on living in or near the water have been able to return to these once barren areas. Brown trout limits are five fish per day. • Stay away from river and creek banks during high water conditions and avoid rock hopping. • For the courtesy of others. which opens June 15). This document is a compilation of designations. • Pets may not be tied to an object and left unattended. insects. Water Quality To protect yourself from disease. many areas along the Merced River showed signs of human trampling. FoR MoRe InFoRMATIon To find out more about Yosemite National Park regulations visit www. and archeological sites. rafting on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley (Stoneman Bridge to Sentinel Beach) and the South Fork of the Merced River in Wawona is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily to any type of non-motorized vessel or other flotation device. permit requirements. • Swimming is not permitted in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir or in Emerald Pool above Vernal Fall. in addition to what is contained in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Chapter 1. bicycling. Rafting Conditions permitting. Bikes are not allowed to travel off paved trails. Pets are not allowed anywhere in the Mariposa. Mountain biking opportunities are available in designated areas outside of Yosemite. and picnic areas. NPS Photo 15 . Use a stick or pole for balance and try to cross where there is a gravel bottom.5 feet or higher.S. many of these areas have been restored to more natural conditions. unbuckle the waist strap so you can shed it if you fall in. • If you choose to cross a stream without a bridge. • The entire length of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley is closed to all flotation devices whenever the river gauge at Sentinel Bridge reads 6. campgrounds. • Never swim or wade upstream from of a waterfall. Visitors to Yosemite National Park are the park’s most important guardians. Upper Yosemite Fall in springtime. even if the water appears shallow and calm. pet owners have a few rules to follow: • Pets are only allowed in developed areas and on roads and paved bike paths. Each season. jot down any descriptions or a vehicle license plate number and call the park dispatch office at 209/379-1992. The plants. Parts 1 through 7 and 34).. • Treatment methods include boiling for three minutes. the license must be plainly visible by attaching it to an outer layer of clothing above the waistline. Bicycling Bike rentals at Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge are open 9 am to 6 pm (8:30 am to 8 pm beginning June 18). imagine how well-protected these park resources could be! During your visit to Yosemite be aware that there are people who either unknowingly or intentionally harm park resources. animals. or iodine-based purifier. • Special fishing regulations apply on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley from Happy Isles downstream to the Foresta Bridge in El Portal. • Always supervise children closely. Fishing Fishing in Yosemite is regulated by state law. Keep in mind.nps. treat any surface water before drinking. Packing out what you pack in will also help keep the river free from trash and prevent animals from swallowing harmful plastic or aluminum. • Pets must be on a leash (6 feet or less) or otherwise physically restrained. use of a Giardiarated water filter. and other applicable federal statutes and regulations. in wilderness areas. With nearly 4 million people watching over its special plants.htm and find a copy of the Superintendent’s Compendium. human companions are responsible for cleaning up and depositing pet feces in trash receptacles.

15 Mar. 14 Aug. as long as they are attended. Wawona. Crane Flat.. Yosemite Creek. From April through September. • Shower and laundry facilities are available year-round in Yosemite Valley. Wawona Bridalveil Creek NORTH OF YOSEMITE VALLEY All year July 1 – TBD 35 ft 35 ft 35 ft 24 ft June 20 – Sep 28 First-come. first-served. • Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. however. these campsites are General Info. firstserved. Tamarack Flat. Photo by Ray Santos of the opening period. Camp 4 is a walk-in campground and is open all year on a first-come. 15 Jul. 15 – Jan. Campgrounds in Yosemite National Park CAMPGROuND OPEN 2010 (APPROx) MAx RV LENGTH MAx TRAILER LENGTH RESERVATIONS REquIRED? DAILY FEE # OF SITES PETS WATER YOSEMITE VALLEY upper Pines Lower Pines north Pines Camp 4 SOUTH OF YOSEMITE VALLEY All year March 24 – Nov 2 March 26 – Oct 12 All year 35 ft 40 ft 40 ft No RVs/trailers 24 ft 35 ft 35 ft n/a March 15 . 15 – Dec. Reservations can be made the same way as individual site reservations. 15 Nov. • RVs over 24 feet are not recommended for Tamarack Flat.Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Camping Planning your camping experience A primitive overnight experience Yosemite National Park contains 13 popular campgrounds. 15 Feb.gov (recommended) or call 877/444-6777 or TDD 877/8336777 or 518/885-3639 from outside the US and Canada. first-served $20 $20 $10 $14 $10 $10 $20 105 166 52 74 40 52 304 Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Tap Tap Creek (boil) Tap Creek (boil) Creek (boil) Tap 24 ft First-come. 15 May 15 Jun. in Wawona off Chilnualna Falls Road. Campground reservations are available up to five months in advance. and Porcupine Flat have nonflushing vault toilets only and no potable water. To check same-day camping availability. 14 Mar. Sites are available on a per-person basis. 15 Dec. 15 Sept. Group Campgrounds There are group campsites at Tuolumne Meadows. Mariposa Ranger Station at 209/966-3638. There are no hookups in Yosemite campgrounds. the rest are first-come. For additional information. pets must be on a leash and may not be left unattended. 15 – Jul. first-served basis. RVs. you may purchase firewood at stores near the campgrounds. • A maximum of six people (including children) and two vehicles are allowed per campsite. Camp 4 often fills before 9 am each day. 14 Nov. first-served sites often fill by noon during these months. first-served 20 ft 35 ft First-come. • Toilets are available in campgrounds. 14 Feb. regardless of number of people in your party. 14 Jun.first-served $20 $14 93 110 Yes Yes Tap Tap Hodgdon Meadow Crane Flat Tamarack Flat White Wolf Yosemite Creek Porcupine Flat Tuolumne Meadows All year July 1– Oct 12 July – Oct 15 July – Sep 13 July – TBD July – Oct 15 July 1 – Sep 27 35 ft 35 ft No RVs/trailers 27 ft No RVs/trailers 24 ft (limited) 35 ft 27 ft 27 ft Apr 10 – Oct 13 50% First-come. and Porcupine Flat campgrounds. but there are sanitary dump stations in Yosemite Valley (all year). the Tuolumne Meadows Campground entrance. 14 Aug. call 209/372-0266 Services • All sites include picnic tables. May through September. 15 Regulations • Proper food storage is required 24 hours a day. Up to seven are on a reservation system. May 1 to September 15.recreation. 14 Apr. Forest Service (USFS) operates a variety of campgrounds on a seasonal basis near Yosemite. firepits with grills. Camping in Areas Surrounding Yosemite The U. 15 – Sep. 238 60 81 35 Yes Yes Yes No Tap Tap Tap Tap Campfires • In Yosemite Valley between May 1 and September 30. Log onto the website or call as soon as possible as some campgrounds fill within a few minutes ARRIVAL DATE FIRST DAY TO MAkE RESERVATIONS (7 AM PT) not wheelchair accessible. 15 – Oct.. contact Groveland Ranger Station at 209/962-7825. 15 – Nov. 14 Sep. and summer only in Wawona and Tuolumne Meadows. Wawona. 14 Jan. For campground reservations. See page 5 for food storage regulations. 14 Jul. and Bridalveil Creek Campgrounds. • Where permitted. however. first-served 50% 16 18 . Yosemite Valley There is a 30-day camping limit within Yosemite National Park in a calendar year. Hours: 7 am to 7 pm Pacific time (November through February) 7 am to 9 pm Pacific time (March through October) Reservation offices in the park are located in the visitor parking area at Curry Village (shuttle bus stop #14). the camping limit is 14 days and only seven of those days can be in Yosemite Valley or Wawona. Yosemite Creek. and generators are not permitted in group sites. 15 – Apr.S. Dec. visit www. 15 Apr. For private campgrounds outside Yosemite. Pets. and at Big Oak Flat Information Station. Mono Lake Ranger Station at 760/647-3044. fires are permitted at any time. call the respective chamber of commerce or visitor bureau listed on page 10. At other times of the year and in out-of-Valley campgrounds.Nov 30 Yes Yes First-come. 15 Oct. 15 – May 14 May 15 – Jun. reservations are essential and the first-come. and half of Tuolumne Meadows. Reservations are required March through October for campsites in Yosemite Valley’s car campgrounds and summer through fall for Hodgdon Meadow. and a food locker (33"d x 45"w x 18"h). All other campgrounds (except group and stock campgrounds) are first-come. 13 to 30 people are allowed in each group campsite. Hodgdon Meadow. campfires are permitted between 5 pm and 10 pm. on the 15th of each month at 7 am Pacific time. 15 – Mar. and RVs are not permitted in walk-in and group campsites. first-served First-come. and six people will be placed in each campsite. Camping Reservations Camping in Yosemite. first-served $20 $20 $20 $5/pers. • Firewood collection (including pine cones and pine needles) is not permitted in Yosemite Valley. Tent camping only. 15 – Aug. or Oakhurst Ranger Station at 559/683-4636. 15 Jan. 14 Oct. 15 – Feb.

and history of this popular destination.5 miles round-trip.2 miles round-trip. 3.500. 4 to 6 hours 10.5 miles one-way. Yosemite Valley Day Hikes TRAIL / DESTINATION STARTING POINT DISTANCE / TIME DIFFICuLTY / ELEVATION Bridalveil Fall Lower Yosemite Fall Upper Yosemite Fall Trail to Columbia Rock Top of Upper Yosemite Fall Mirror Lake ( a seasonal lake) Vernal Fall Footbridge Top of Vernal Fall Top of Nevada Fall Top of Half Dome Permit required to hike to the top of Half Dome Fridays-Sundays and holidays! Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point Valley Floor Loop Bridalveil Fall Parking Area Lower Yosemite Fall Shuttle Stop #6 Camp 4 Near Shuttle Stop #7 Same as above Mirror Lake Shuttle Stop #17 Happy Isles Shuttle Stop #16 Happy Isles Shuttle Stop #16 same as above same as above 0. Indian Village This short loop winds through the Indian Village of Ahwahnee.8 miles round trip. 3 to 4 hours Easy to Moderate Wapama Falls 1 Top Left: Hikers. The self-guiding trail begins here.August 4.0 mile round-trip. Photo by Bob Roney Top Right: Hikers.200-foot gain Moderate Southside Drive Lower Yosemite Fall Shuttle Stop #6 Day Hikes Outside of Yosemite Valley TRAIL / DESTINATION STARTING POINT DISTANCE / TIME DIFFICuLTY / ELEVATION WAWONA Wawona Meadow Loop Chilnualna Falls Trail GLACIER POINT ROAD Wawona Hotel Parking 2 mi. a seasonal lake on Tenaya Creek. 2 hours Easy to Moderate Moderate Soda Springs / Parsons Lodge Lembert dome John Muir Trail through Lyell Canyon elizabeth Lake TIOGA ROAD Lembert Dome Parking Area Lembert Dome Parking Area Dog Lake Parking Area Tuolumne Meadows Group Campground 1. The trail begins behind the Yosemite Museum.000-foot gain Very Strenuous 2. Illustration by Lawrence W. 400-foot gain Strenuous 1.5 miles round-trip. 10 to 12 hours Moderate Moderate. 17 19 . 1 hour 4 miles round-trip.4 miles round-trip. 6–8 hours 2 miles round-trip. American Indian use.900-foot gain Extremely Strenuous. walk one mile from shuttle stop #17 to the disabled parking spaces near the lake.2 miles round-trip. 4. 3 to 4 hours 8 miles one-way. 20 minutes 1. Mirror Lake Mirror Lake interpretive trail is a short loop adjacent to Mirror Lake. Self-Guiding Trails A Changing Yosemite This one-mile-long walk through Cook’s Meadow explores both natural and cultural stories of Yosemite. up Chilnualna Falls Rd. 1. Brochure available at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.400-foot gain Taft Point Sentinel dome TUOLUMNE MEADOWS AREA Sentinel Dome Parking Area Sentinel Dome Parking Area 2. day-hike handouts.000-foot loss Moderately Strenuous 3.8 miles one-way. 2010 Hiking Discover an easy stroll or a challenging hike Choose your adventure With over 800 miles of hiking trails. 5–6 hours 14 mi (via Mist Trail) or 16.to 4. 1 hour 1.700-foot gain Easy Moderate. Curry Village The Legacy of Curry Village is an easy stroll commemorating the early days of Camp Curry. 2 hours 2.2 miles round-trip. 10–12 hours 4. 5 hours Easy Strenuous 2.3 mi (via John Muir Trail) round-trip.4 miles round-trip.June 29. 3–4 hours one-way 13 miles full loop. 5–7 hours full loop Easy Easy Strenuous 1. 2009 July 26 . 2–4 hours 5 miles round-trip. 20 minutes 2 miles round-trip. Giant Sequoias Two self-guiding trails in the Mariposa Grove.000-foot gain Strenuous 1. and one in the Tuolumne Grove.5 hours 8. To reach the start of the trail. 3 to 4 hours 7 miles one-way.2 miles round-trip. what better way to enjoy the beauty of Yosemite than on foot? Ask a ranger at any visitor center for one of several free. 3.800-foot gain Very Strenuous. A booklet is available at the trailhead and in the Visitor Center. Exhibits focus on the rich natural history of the area.000-foot loss Strenuous Masthead: Hikers. interpret the natural history and ecological dynamics of the giant sequoia community. Excellent maps and guidebooks are available at bookstores throughout the park. a reconstructed Miwok-Paiute village. the Tuolumne Meadows free shuttle serves all Tuolumne Meadows hikes listed above. Pick up a map and guide at the Curry Village front desk or tour desk. Additionally. 4 to 5 hours Easy Moderately Strenuous Easy. 1–2 hours 3 miles round-trip.500. 3 to 4 hours 4.Yosemite Guide May 1 . Duke O’Shaughnessy Dam 5 miles round-trip. 5 to 9 hours 19 miles one-way. Photo by Bob Roney These are drop-off points via the Tuolumne Meadows Hikers’ Bus. 200-foot gain Moderate Lukens Lake Yosemite Valley via Porcupine Creek Yosemite Valley via Yosemite Creek Yosemite Valley via Clouds Rest HETCH HETCHY White Wolf1 Porcupine Creek1 Lukens Lake Trailhead1 Tenaya Lake1 5. 2–3 hours 7.5 mile round-trip. 3.to 4.

the fisher has disappeared from many areas of its historic range. especially understanding factors necessary for reoccupation of the species’ into its former range.” Steve Thompson adds. “Anytime you lose any species from the ecosystem it is a tragedy. Pacific fisher. we can all make a difference for the fisher while visiting the park. Berkeley to help verify the abundance and distribution of fishers within the park. fishers have thick. As a result. Through this innovative work. Related to the mink and otter. brown fur that is commonly lighter along the head and chest and darker along the muzzle. Innovative Collaboration Researchers in Sierra National Forest are working diligently to determine the abundance and distribution of fishers in forest ecosystems located just south of Yosemite. During the 1800s through the early 1900s. students and volunteers. soft. and tail. a Research Ecologist with UC Berkeley. greatest hopes for this research. These studies will help inform forest managers about the habitat requirements of the fisher and answer questions regarding any potential expansion back into its former range.” says Rick Sweitzer. Whether or not we can see measurable ecological effects. Within Yosemite. Chief of Wildlife Management for Yosemite National Park states. Today. “the distribution of fishers in California has “Anytime you lose any species from the ecosystem it is a tragedy. Thompson. “If we understand fisher habitat needs. staff. work is being done to understand the needs of some of the park’s more remarkable species. legs. including the rarely seen Pacific fisher (Martes pennanti). Even more exciting.Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Finding the Pacific Fisher Feature article By Park Ranger Shauna Potocky osemite National Park has amazing ecosystems that support a diversity of plants and animals as dramatic as its scenery. Photo by Eleanor Kee Wellman Generally associated with old-growth forest.” is one of Steve Thompson’s. Fishers in the Sierra Nevada may still be declining and we need to better understand how forest management is affecting the population in order to evaluate the prospect for growth and expansion. extensive logging and fur trapping caused the fisher population to decline dramatically. we want to have a full array of species to study—it is hard to express a species’ aesthetic value. Y Forest Predator Considered one of the most elusive mammals of the mixed-conifer forest. we want to have a full array of species to study—it is hard to express a species’ aesthetic value. wildlife biologist Nevada. with support from The Yosemite Fund. small mammals. which leaves the remaining individuals to sustain or expand the population. or eventual extinction. declined by over 50% since the early 1900s. a small geographically isolated population. Driving posted speed limits and being vigilant for wildlife crossing roads are great ways to protect the wildlife we are fortunate to have here in Yosemite.” This fisher population is isolated with no new individuals moving into the area. and will span two years. Through newly developed partnerships with researchers. any northern expansion of the population would begin in the park. Yosemite National Park wildlife biologists and field staff are working in partnership with scientists When considering the potential extinction of the Pacific fisher. the fisher may have a better chance at survival. birds and occasionally dines on fungi.” 18 . while outside the park challenges include loss of habitat and exposure to disease. fisher mortality is primarily due to vehicle collisions. the Pacific fisher lives in Yosemite and in suitable habitat south of the park. including the Sierra from the University of California. loss of fishers would affect prey species and other predators. Whether or not we can see measurable ecological effects. the loss of any individual is significant. human and environmental pressures affect the fisher and in a critically small and isolated population. Chance For Survival Yosemite National Park and collaborating partners are uniquely positioned to help answer important questions about the Pacific fisher. the fisher was once abundant throughout regions of Canada and the United States. estimated at between 260 and 320 individuals.” –Steve Thompson. which uses motion activated cameras. Today. The fisher is a medium-sized carnivore that preys on squirrels. some of these habitats are home to rare and threatened species. Thus. park managers. Together. began in late fall of 2009. Unfortunately. A Rare Sight “The fisher is a rare and increasingly uncommon species in the Sierra Nevada. “It would certainly be a heritage loss and as a key forest predator. remains in the southern Sierra Nevada. Sweitzer states. including areas of Yosemite National Park.” This is important because the northern boundary of the Sierra population is within Yosemite National Park—exactly where remains to be determined. The project. we can manage the forest ecosystem in ways that could restore forest attributes to help the fisher in the re-colonization of their former range. “Identifying the limiting factors for population growth and distribution.

More information about the merger is located on each organization’s website. protect. visit park bookstores or www. Visit online at www.yosemitepark. This publication was made possible by the Yosemite Park Partners listed on this page.anseladams. The Ansel Adams Gallery PO Box 455 Yosemite. The Yosemite Fund and Yosemite Association agreed to form a unified nonprofit organization. enjoy. builds a commitment to the long-term preservation and vitality of Yosemite and our National Parks. Since 1923. the Fund and Association will outwardly operate as they do now.gov/yose/parkmgmt/ planning. CA 95389 209/372-4413 209/372-4714 fax www. visit www. and protect wildlife. publications. Photo: Christine White Loberg 19 .org.htm Above right: Half Dome.S. too.yosemite. YosemitePark.org Yosemite Association The Yosemite Association is a nonprofit membership organization that provides opportunities for people to learn about. This. summer youth programs.yosemitefund. You. Read below to learn more about helping these organizations provide for the future of Yosemite National Park.Yosemite Guide May 26 . A YI experience strives to foster a life-long connection to the natural world— whether it is in Yosemite. sightseeing tours.yni. The Ansel Adams Gallery The Ansel Adams Gallery. which give people of all ages the chance to forge an enduring and inspirational connection to Yosemite.com dnC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite PO Box 578 Yosemite. CA 95318 209/379-2646 209/379-2486 fax www.org) Contact us. Department of the Interior. and membership activities. org and yosemite. The Association celebrates the majesty and grandeur of this region through its visitor services.com Yosemite Association PO Box 230 El Portal.anseladamsgallery.org. Since 1988 the Fund has provided over $50 million to complete more than 200 projects. For more information. CA 95389 209/379-9511 209/379-9510 fax www. DNC encourages its employees to develop a strong relationship with the park during their tenure.com. thousands of school-age children have benefited from learning in “nature’s classroom” through the residential field-science programs offered by Yosemite Institute (YI). conduct scientific research. Fund operations result in material improvement in the stewardship and quality of Yosemite’s natural. as well as programs that inspire creativity.naturebridge. dnC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite The Yosemite Fund and Yosemite Association have Merged! We’re thrilled to announce a new era in support for Yosemite National Park! In December 2009. can extend your connection to Yosemite well after you return home by getting involved with the organizations that partner to preserve Yosemite. YI also offers professional development for teachers.yosemite. For more information. (yosemitefund. on a city street or in our own backyards. interpretive programs. cultural or historical resources or the visitor experience. For more information and employment opportunities with DNC at Yosemite. Anyone who loves Yosemite and wishes to be become more closely involved and affiliated with the park will enjoy membership in the Association. To Learn about park Planning and Improvement efforts visit www. Yosemite Institute Since 1971. backpacking adventures. outdoor classroom. the Association has provided important services and financial support to the National Park Service..yosemitefund. more programs and projects can be accomplished to protect Yosemite and inspire enduring connections for current and future generations. The Yosemite Fund The Fund provides broad-based private funding from 27.org The Yosemite Fund 155 Montgomery St.June 29. shuttles and service stations in the park under contract with the U.org Yosemite Institute PO Box 487 Yosemite. owned by the family of photographer Ansel Adams since 1902. It cultivates an aesthetic appreciation and concern for our world by offering visitors a unique variety of literature and art. or enhance Yosemite Park. is a center that celebrates the arts and the natural grandeur of our environment. enhance visitor education. community outreach programs and service learning projects. 2010 Supporting Your Park Providing for Yosemite’s future enhancing the Visitor experience It takes a legion of people working together to protect this special park for you and future generations of visitors. Fund grants repair trails.000 members for projects that preserve. By combining the proud histories of the two organizations. CA 95389 801/559-5000 www. Visit online at www. While a transition to a consolidated organization occurs. preserve park history. CA 94104 800/469-7275 or 415/434-1782 www. visit online at www. restore habitat. DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite (DNC) operates hotels.com. restaurants. recreational activities. #1104 San Francisco.nps. stores.org/yi. and experience Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada. in turn..

US Department of the Interior National Park Service PO Box 577 Yosemite. 2010 A portion of the trail past Mirror Lake is closed due to rockfall. Note: Service to stops 15. 17. 16. Please observe posted signs.June 29. . and 18 may stop after a major snowfall. CA 95389 Third Class Mail Postage and Fee Paid US Department of the Interior G 83 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide May 26 .

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