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National Park Journal Yosemite 2019

Get the digital version of the National Park Journal with its four separate park editions (Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Yosemite) to discover all-time favorite road trips to the national parks. From Utah’s dazzling deserts, the adobe-lined streets of New Mexico’s charming towns, Wyoming’s authentic outposts, California’s stunning coastline and Colorado’s mountain towns, we feature all the amazing places to explore en route to the parks, no matter where you begin your adventure. Plus , our insider’s guide includes our top things to do in each national park in 48 hours. Discover the best hiking trails, campsites and attractions in our magazine. Our illustrated wildlife guide will help you discover the best of the park's wild animals, including tips on where to find them, and our packing list ensures you don’t leave anything at home.

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Active Interest Media
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bucket list

A WALK IN THE PARK Photographer Maureen Marhold captures a woman admiring Lower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park. Marhold submitted this photo for our 2018 Tamron-sponsored photo contest in its 8th year. See this year’s winners at nationalparktripsmedia.com/contests. PARK TIP Parking is a challenge in Yosemite, so take the YARTS bus in [p.11] and use free park shuttles to get around. You'll save yourself time and parking headaches. ■…

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editor's note

Photographer Ansel Adams’ love affair with Yosemite National Park is well-known. He first visited the park by train from San Francisco at age 14 with his Brownie camera made by Eastman Kodak and was completely captivated by the park's beauty. He returned the following year and many after, initially working as a custodian at LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Valley.Yet, few may know that Adams played a role in the creation of Kings Canyon National Park, which is just two hours south of Yosemite. In 1936, the Sierra Club sent him to Washington, D.C., with his photos, hoping they would inspire Congress to act and protect what would become Kings Canyon National Park. Two years later, he returned with a limited-edition book, Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail. It…

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paperless trail

OnlineVisit MyYosemitePark.com to find out where to stay and what to do during your vacation. Interested in exploring other national parks? Check us out: MyColoradoParks.com  MyGrandCanyonPark.com MyOlympicPark.com MySmokyMountainPark.com MyYellowstonePark.com MyUtahParks.com Trip PlannerStart planning your dream vacation by requesting our tip-filled Yosemite Trip Planner online. You also can request vacation planning materials from our partners in California. NewsletterDon’t forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter when you are on MyYosemitePark.com. We cover tips on how to avoid crowds, best sights along the way and more. WorkshopsJoin us for our online and in-person National Park Photography Workshop series. With Tamron’s professional photographers, we offer instruction on how to take night skies, sunset and sunrise photos. Learn more at nationalparktripsmedia.com/workshops. FacebookWe want to hear from you. Share your experiences and view fantastic photos,…

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behind the scenery

By the time preservationist John Muir visited Yosemite in 1868, artists had already captured the beauty of the area, captivating the nation’s imagination. And before them, people had been living in the park for more than 4,000 years. In fact, the last Miwok village in the park was demolished in 1969. That’s 79 years after Yosemite became a national park.While more than 5 million people visited the park last year, there's an unusual sight tucked in the northwest corner that less than 1 percent of all Yosemite visitors see. Amid towering granite domes lies the 8-mile-long Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It's liquid gold, supplying more than 2.4 million San Francisco area residents with water. But it also sparked one of the first national conversations on valuing wilderness over development in…

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park pass

A park pass costs $35/ vehicle (subject to change) at the Yosemite National Park entrance stations and is valid for seven days. You also can purchase the Yosemite Pass for $70 for unlimited visits to the park for 12 months.Planning on visiting more than one park this year? Consider the America the Beautiful annual pass for $80.The Access Pass is a free lifetime admission pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents with lifelong disabilities. The Senior Pass is a one-time $80 fee for U.S. citizens/ permanent residents 62 and older. Fourth-graders and their families get a complimentary one-year pass. Print out a voucher at everykidinapark.gov and bring it to a park entrance. ■…

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park entrance primer

(MAP BY PETER SUCHESKI) HETCH HETCHY ENTRANCE (Hwy.120) Leave the crowds behind. The farthest north of the four western entrances, the Hetch Hetchy Entrance leads you to one of the park’s quieter areas. In 2016, only 62,745 visitors ventured here during all 12 months of the year in comparison to 5,028,870 visitors to the entire Yosemite National Park. Access it via 120 and by Evergreen Road. It is open year round but only during daylight hours, unless you have a backcountry permit.It is believed that the word “Hetch Hetchy” comes from the Miwok word “hetchetici,” which described the seeds of native grass used for food and other things. Lower in elevation than other park areas, Hetch Hetchy has a long hiking season from early spring through…

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