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National Park Journal Yosemite 2019

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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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United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
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 landed…

1 min.
paperless trail

Online Visit 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 Planner Start 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. Newsletter Don’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. Workshops Join 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. Facebook We want to hear from you. Share your experiences and view fantastic photos, quirky park stories and…

1 min.
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 the early…

1 min.
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.…

4 min.
park entrance primer

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 fall. Two of North America's largest waterfalls are here, flowing…

1 min.
life in the fast lane

With more than 4 million visitors last year, Yosemite, known for its stunning scenery, has developed a reputation for something quite unwanted: traffic. Best way to avoid it? Climb aboard the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System [YARTS]. “Every time I ride the bus into the park, I see something I’ve never seen before,” says Dick Whittington, YARTS transit manager. “The freedom of not having to watch the road is astonishing. You are up high, and the windows are big. It’s a heck of a way to see the area around the park.” YARTS makes stops along four routes into the park: Hwy. 120/395 starting in Mammoth Lakes; Hwy. 120 starting in Sonora; Hwy. 41 originating in Fresno and Hwy. 140 starting in Merced. Once you’re in Yosemite Valley, take the free park shuttle, serving…