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Yosemite Guide

August 26, 2020 - September 29, 2020

brochure Yosemite Guide - August 26, 2020 - September 29, 2020

The September 2020 Yosemite Guide with information about trip planning, activities, scheduled events, and hours of operations for different facilities and services at Yosemite National Park (NP) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Yosemite Guide Yosemite Guide August 26, 2020 - September 29, 2020 @YosemiteNPS UPDATE Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, visitor services and access may be affected. Check local resources and area signage in light of changing public health requirements related to COVID-19. For details, visit www. We encourage you to follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. • Practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of distance between you and others. • Wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. An excavator moves a 60ft tree trunk into position in the river, where it will slow water down and cause sediment to deposit. Read more about restoration efforts along the Merced River on page 10. NPS Photo Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide August 26, 2020 - September 29, 2020 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide August 26, 2020 - September 29, 2020 Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System Yosemite Valley Map Year-round Route: Valley Visitor Center Valley Shuttle Upper Yosemite Fall Campground Hetch Hetchy Parking Picnic Area Tr ai i te Walk-In Campground se m Yosemite Valley Area in inset: F l al U p p er Yo The Ahwahnee Yosemite Valley Lodge Camp 4 Yosemite Falls Parking Swinging Bridge il ra T te r i le wi n n cl o ur se M d 1 mile Chapel Housekeeping Camp Lower Pines North Pines Half Dome 8836 ft 2693 m Campground Reservations Curry Village Curry Village Parking Upper Pines Trailhead Parking i Happy Isles Art and Nature Center Fo El Capitan Picnic Area Mirror Lake seasonal Yosemite Village Parking Sentinel Beach 1 km 2 Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (YCHC) Wawona 0 Medical Church Bowl Clinic Picnic Area 3 Yosemite Valley Map N The Ansel Adams Gallery l Tuolumne Meadows Restroom Yosemite Village Lower Yosemite Fall Glacier Point closed in winter Vernal Fall 72I4 ft 2I99 m Cathedral Beach 4 & d Loo Mist Trail r ai l pT ho Bridalveil Fall rse s on l y Merc ed R iver Nevada Fall The Yosemite Valley Shuttle System will not be operating during the 2020 season. il ve al id Br 1 na wo Wa a Ro y l le Va Cree k DRIVE, WALK, or BIKE to some of Yosemite Valley’s most scenic attractions! 1 2 Tunnel View Cook’s Meadow 3 Lower Yosemite Fall Trailhead 4 Illilouette Fall Valley View i Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide August 26, 2020 - September 29, 2020 Park Updates Keep this Guide with you to get the most out of your trip THINGS TO DO IN YOSEMITE VALLEY Custom Yosemite Experiences Join a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist-guide for a Custom Adventure designed to fit your SAFETY ALERT interests and schedule. Options include day For your safety and the safety of other visitors hikes, birding walks, stargazing programs, and employees, we encourage you to follow backpacking trips, and more. For more CDC guidance to reduce the spread of information, contact adventures@yosemite. COVID-19. org, or visit Practice social distancing. Maintain The Ansel Adams Gallery a distance of at least 6 feet between Photography Excursions you and others. Sign up for a half-day photography class, private guided tour, or a camera walk led by Wash hands using soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently. a resident staff photographer. Call ahead for reservations 209/372-4413 or visit anseladams. com/photography-education. Wear a facecovering when social View of El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks and the Merced River. Image by NPS distancing cannot be maintained. Yosemite As you burst into this valley of wonder Cover your mouth and nose when How Will COVID-19 Effect My Visit? you cough or sneeze. Following guidance from federal, state, and local public health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are increasing access and services in a phased approach at Yosemite Additionally, avoid touching your eyes, nose, YOSEMITE INSPIRATIONS National Park. Visit the park website,, for updates and safety information. you can hear the falls like thunder Drifting through the shallow streams flowing through the sunlight beams And the mountains, oh so high and mouth, and most importantly, stay home if you feel sick. echo the wind’s silent cry. Currently open and available Park App Download the Yosemite app for an interactive map, hiking trails, and park updates. See page 11 for more information. WELCOME Ask A Ranger Not open or available at this time Visitor Centers are closed Visitor contact stations are until further notice. located in Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, Big Oak Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows. Unavailable in 2020 All shuttles and tours are canceled for the year. Center, Big Oak Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows. Look for signs to direct you to locations. Entering a National Park Yosemite is a place where wilderness prevails. Prepare yourself for a wild experience. The National Park Service is bound by its mission to protect Yosemite's natural and cultural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Please, be attentive to the regulations in place to protect park resources (page 9) and those designed for your safety (page 8). Fire – Police – Medical Emergency: Dial 911 or (209) 372-4637 Medical Clinic (in Yosemite Valley) Open Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm, closed weekends and federal holidays Road, Weather, and Park Information: (209) 372-0200 Yosemite Village Garage - 24 hour AAA towing services for emegency only, NO gas, (209) 372-1060 make every person seem so small People, people everywhere Nature shares a beautiful storm Most roads and trails are open. Some trails may be closed or re-routed. Some campgrounds are currently closed. Yosemite Theater and Yosemite Museum will be closed for the year. Select campgrounds are open. Camping is by reservation only. Most programs are canceled until further notice Campground offices are closed. There is no walk-up service. Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and services Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Select dining and shopping establishments are open and encourage social distancing. with wind so strong and so warm! The storm brings courage to your heart and you will never want to part with... Yosemite National Park! -Day Schual, age 11 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, 2020! The National Yosemite-related questions and to get park Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove Welcome The sequoia trees which are so tall enjoying what nature has to share... Drop by a visitor contact station to ask your information and updates. They are located in The silent cry that makes its way through sequoia groves everyday... Park Service recognizes and celebrates the What Does 6-ft Look Like? contributions, achievements, and histories of The wing span of a bald eagle is Hispanics and Latinos in American culture. We roughly 6 feet long. While social embrace the diverse and rich cultural history distancing, imagine the length preserved within our national parks. Take some of a soaring eagles’ wing span time to learn about Hispanic American early between you and others. explorers and modern day leaders. Access for People with Disabilities Upcoming Park Projects For a complete list of accessible services, exhibits, and recreational opportunities, pick up a Yosemite Accessibility Guide at any park entrance station or visitor center, or view online at yose/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm, or call a park Accessibility Coordinator at (209) 379-1035. Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project Why: To improve parking, roads, trails, and facilities situated near Bridalveil Fall. When: Lasting through 2020 and 2021 Visitor Impact: Comfort station and parking lot may not be available due to construction. Sign Language interpreting is available upon request. Contact Deaf Services at (209) 379-5250 (v/txt). Two weeks advance notice is requested. Assistive Listening Devices available upon advance request at any visitor center. Audio tours available at Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Contact an Accessibility Coordinator for more information. Accessible parking spaces available west of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Inside: Tioga Road Rehabilitation Plan, Tenaya Lake Plan, and Tuolumne River Plan Why: To make safety improvements and improve visitor experience, while preserving natural and cultural resources along the road. When: late 2020 through 2022 seasons Visitor Impact: 30-minute traffic delays along Tioga Road due to construction. 01 Park Updates 05 Services 06 Hiking 07 Permit Information Glacier Point Rehabilitation Plan Why: To repair aging and deteriorated pavement, pullouts, and parking areas along Glacier Point Road. When: lasting through 2021 and 2022 seasons Visitor Impact: Full road closure from spring through fall 2021, and 30-minute delays in 2022. 08 Protecting Yourself 10 Feature Story Where to Go and What to Do in Yosemite National Park Back Valley Map 1 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Discover Yosemite Let your curiosity guide you to new places Entrance Fees Non-commercial car, truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats (No per-person fee) Vehicle Valid for 7 days $35/Vehicle Motorcycle Valid for 7 days $30/motorcycle Walking Yosemite Valley Valley Visitor Center We strongly recommend moving around the Upper Yosemite Fall east end of Yosemite Valley on foot or bike if possible. On the map below, the numbers time between each destination, represented Yosemite Valley Lodge The Ahwahnee 10 10 5 30 Camp 4 Housekeeping Camp Chapel 5 Yosemite Falls Parking Interagency Annual Pass $80 Valid for one year at all federal recreation sites. Lower Pines North Pines Yosemite Village Parking Swinging Bridge Interagency Senior Pass $80 (Lifetime) For U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 and over. Campground Reservations Curry Village Sentinel Beach Interagency Annual Senior Pass $20 For U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 and over. To Medical Clinic 20 Yosemite Pass $70, Valid for one year in Yosemite. Interagency Access Pass (Free) - El Portal & Mariposa (Lifetime) For permanently disabled U.S. citizens permanent residents. - Sanor Francisco W by the red circles. Individual Valid for 7 days $20 (In a bus, on foot, bicycle, or horse), To Yosemite Village Lower Yosemite Fall in the white circles show the average walking Upper Pines Curry Village Parking El Capitan Picnic Area 25 Yosemite Valley Walking Map 5 Cathedral Beach Average Walking Times Walking Routes Interagency Military Pass (Free) (Annual) For active duty U.S. military and dependents. Campground Interagency 4th GradeBridalveil Pass (Free) Fall (Annual) adFor fourth graders and their o a R Must present paper voucher. families. on Picnic Area Parking Restroom Walk-In Campground w Wa Reservations To Campground Reservations - Glacier Point (877) 444-6777 Wawona N Fresno 0 1 km 1 mile 6 Lodging Reservations (888) 413-8869 Group Sales Office: (888) 339-3481 E3 E4 Regional Info Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) 5 Highway 120 West Yosemite Chamber of Commerce (800) 449-9120 or (209) 962-0429 Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau (800) 446-1333 Highway 41 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau (559) 683-4636 4 1 Highway 132/49 Coulterville Visitor Center (209) 878-3329 2 Highway 140/49 California Welcome Center, Merced (800) 446-5353 or (209) 724-8104 Mariposa County Visitor Center (866) 425-3366 or (209) 966-7081 Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau (209) 742-4567 Highway 120 East Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce and Mono Lake Visitor Center, (760) 647-6629, 2 3 Yosemite Guide August 26, 2020 - September 29, 2020 Yosemite Valley 1 Yosemite Valley is world-famous for its impressive waterfalls, cliffs, and unusual rock formations. It is open year round and can be reached via Highway 41 from Fresno, Highway 140 from Merced, Highway 120 West from Manteca, and via the Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) from Lee Vining in summer. The Valley is known for massive cliff faces like El Capitan and Half Dome, its plunging waterfalls including the tallest in North America, and its attractive meadows. While Yosemite Falls will be dry until rain and snow recharge it, a moderate hike will take you to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Yosemite’s meadows are great places to see wildlife and to photograph fall and winter scenery. Admire El Capitan, the massive granite monolith that stands 3,593 feet from base to summit. Whether you explore the Valley by foot or car, the scenery will leave you in awe and eager to see what’s around the next corner. Yosemite Valley in Spring. Photo by Christine White Loberg Glacier Point Road 2 Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Yosemite’s high country, is located 30 miles (a one-hour drive) from Yosemite Valley or Wawona. To get there from either of these places, take the Wawona Road (Highway 41) to Chinquapin, then turn onto Glacier Point Road. At Glacier Point, a short, paved, and wheelchair-accessible trail takes you to an exhilarating—some might say unnerving—view 3,214 feet down to Yosemite Valley below. Wawona and Mariposa Grove 3 The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is located 36 miles (1 ¼ hours) south of Yosemite Valley via the Wawona Road (Highway 41), two miles from the park’s South Entrance. The nearby Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona is a collection of historic The view from Glacier Point. Photo by Sarah Gulick buildings associated with people and events that shaped the national park idea in Yosemite. Tioga Road and Tuolumne Grove 4 Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests, meadows, lakes, and granite domes. It is usually open from late May or early June through November. The road’s elevation ranges from 6,200 feet to nearly 10,000 feet. The White Wolf area, midway across the park, is the starting point for day hikes to Lukens Lake and Harden Lake. To see giant sequoias, park at the Tuolumne Grove parking area on the Tioga Road, and walk one steep mile down to the grove. Or park at Merced Grove trailhead on Big Oak Flat Road and walk 1.5 steep miles down to the grove. These groves are smaller than the more-famous Mariposa Grove, but are quieter and off-limits to vehicles. Remember, walking down is easier than walking back up. Giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove. Photo by Jeffrey Trust Tuolumne Meadows 5 Tuolumne Meadows provides a glimpse of the High Sierra. The Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River winds through broad sub-alpine meadows surrounded by even higher granite domes and peaks. It is the jumping off place for countless hikes, whether you venture out for a day or a week. Stop at the Tuolumne Meadows information center to find out about hikes to Cathedral Lakes, Elizabeth Lake, Lembert Dome, or along the Tuolumne River through Lyell Canyon. Hetch Hetchy 6 Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a source of drinking water and hydroelectric power for the City of San Francisco, is home to spectacular scenery and the starting point for many Cathedral Peak, near Tuolumne Meadows. NPS Photo wilderness trails. The area’s low elevation makes it a good place to hike in autumn and winter. The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is located 40 miles (1¼ hour) from Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120W) and the Evergreen Road. The Hetch Hetchy Road is open from 8am to 5pm. Vehicles and/or trailers over 25 feet long, and RVs and other vehicles over 8 feet wide are not permitted on the narrow, winding Hetch Hetchy Road. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. NPS Photo 3 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley and Beyond Information, Exhibits, and Programs Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and Bookstore THINGS TO DO IN THE WAWONA AREA Pioneer Yosemite History Center Go back to a time of horse-drawn wagons, a A visitor contact station will be available covered bridge, and log cabins. A visit to the outside the visitor center for information and Pioneer Yosemite History Center explores updates. The Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore Yosemite’s history and interpretive signs explain will be operating as an outdoor “to-go” store how Yosemite was the inspiration for national from 9am to 5pm. Located in Yosemite Village. parks across America and around the world. YOSEMITE FILMS Mariposa Grove Closed during the 2020 season. Located near Yosemite’s South Entrance, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequioas is the park’s Yosemite Museum largest stand of giant sequoias, with about 500 Closed during the 2020 season. trees in the grove. Shuttles will not operate during the 2020 season, expect a two-mile, one- INDIAN CULTURAL VILLAGE way walk to reach the grove. Interpretive signs Walk through the reconstructed Indian Village provide a self-guiding tour once in the grove. of Ahwahnee and learn about the structures the Ahwahneechee lived in and the plants they THINGS TO DO IN CRANE FLAT used for survival. Check out the interactive Tuolumne Grove displays and see the ceremonial roundhouse, The trailhead for this grove of approximately bark houses, and sweathouse members of the local tribes still actively use for ceremonies A park ranger answers a visitor’s question at a visitor contact station in Yosemite Valley. NPS Photo and special gatherings. Located behind the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite Village. YOSEMITE MUSEUM STORE Closed during the 2020 season. YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE A CALL FOR ARTISTS The call to artists for Yosemite Renaissance 36 begins July 1, 2020. The competition is open to artists worldwide, and offers $5000 in cash awards. The show opens at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in February 2021, then travels to other art centers across California. The exhibit focuses on artwork inspired by Yosemite and the California Sierra Nevada region. Artists interested in applying can view the prospectus at www.yosemiterenaissance. org and can apply at For more information, call (559) 683-5551 or email The Ansel Adams Gallery Open 10am to 3pm+ daily. The gallery offers works by Ansel Adams as well as contemporary photographers, painters, and printers. Call (209) 372-4413 or visit www.anseladams. com for more information. The Ansel Adams Social distancing measures will be in place at all park programs for the safety of participants and employees. Programs marked with a indicate that facilities are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Short, steep inclines may be encountered. Contact 209/ 379-5250 (v/txt) to request a sign language interpreter. Two weeks notice requested, but not required. Also, check local listings for additional programs. WAWONA - RANGER PROGRAM Join park ranger naturalists for informative and fun learning experiences at the Redwoods in Yosemite Vacation Rentals front office Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 9am (August 29, September 1, and September 5 only). From Wawona Road, turn onto Chilnualna Falls Road and travel 1.4 miles (2.3 km); the office is on the right. Please practice social distancing to ensure your safety. (NPS) 4 places can impart, crediting Ansel Adams who concisely articulated the experience best when he said: ‘The great rocks of Yosemite are the most compelling formations of their kind. And you cannot casually pass them by for they Gallery is located in Yosemite Village. are the very heart of the earth speaking to you.’ EXHIBIT Much like Mr. Adams before him, it is easy to August 23, 2020 - October 10, 2020 see in Mr. Kolbrener’s images a benevolence Yosemite and The West: Photographs by Bob Kolbrener Wide open expanses call like never before. While places like Yosemite and The West have always found their way into our collective consciousness, stirring us through social media or politics, their metaphors of perseverance, and power in grand landscapes, of the earth calling to us. Yosemite and The West, Photographs by Bob Kolbrener, will open at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village on Sunday, August 23 and run through Saturday, October strength and receptiveness carry a new weight. 10. While we are unable to host a reception Bob Kolbrener has been photographing these see these incredible large scale, gelatin silver landscapes for over 50 years with his large and Programs the important messages and lessons that these due to COVID-19, we do hope you stop by to photographs in person, and all that they medium format cameras. He knows first-hand speak to. YOSEMITE CONSERVANCY PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES Join Yosemite Conservancy for naturalist-led Outdoor Adventures, including backpacking trips (Aug 28-30, Sep 3-6 & Sep 10-13) and a “Field School” weekend focused on climate change (Sep 10-12), or contact us to plan a Custom Adventure or Custom Art Class. Strict safety measures will be in place. Learn more at: The Ansel Adams Gallery offers photography classes everyday! Sign up in advance at The Ansel Adams Gallery, located in Yosemite Valley or visit their website for more information at Excursions have been modified to limit group size and accommodate social distancing for guest safety. Outdoor Adventures: Custom Adventures: Custom Art Classes: Stay connected with Yosemite virtually, through naturalist videos and online art demonstrations. Explore our website ( and follow us on social media to find the latest resources from our team, learn more about our organization, and see our program calendar. 25 mature sequoias is near the Big Oak Flat and Tioga road intersection at Crane Flat. The moderately strenuous trail drops 500 feet (150 meters) in one mile. Within the Tuolumne Grove there is an easy, half-mile, self-guided nature trail. Bring drinking water. Merced Grove The Merced Grove, a group of about 20 mature trees, is a three-mile, round-trip hike. The trail drops 1.5 miles, making this a moderatelystrenuous hike. Bring drinking water. The grove is located 3½ miles north of Crane Flat along the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West). The trail is marked by a roadside sign. THINGS TO DO IN TUOLUMNE MEADOWS Parsons Memorial Lodge, McCauley Cabin, and Soda Springs Two trails, both flat and 3/4-mile long, lead to this historic area. Soda Springs are small, naturally-carbonated springs that attract birds and deer, especially at sunrise and sunset. Thank you for staying on the trail. YOSEMITE CONSERVATION HERITAGE CENTER The Sierra Club’s Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (YCHC) is closed for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience.We may have evening programs online soon. Please visit the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center website for more information: yosemite-conservation-heritage-center. Sign language interpreter Kara Stella. Image by NPS Yosemite Guide August 26, 2020 - September 29, 2020 Services in Yosemite All available operations and hours of operations are subject to change. Check local resources and area signage in light of changing public health requirements related to COVID-19. Outdoor dining at the Village Grill in Yosemite Village. Photo by Sheree Peshlakai Hours listed are core hours and may be extended during peak visitation Food and Drink YOSEMITE VILLAGE Degnan’s Kitchen 7am to 11am; 11:30pm to 6pm, Take-out meals only The Loft at Degnan’s Kitchen Closed for the 2020 season Village Grill 11am to 5pm THE AHWAHNEE Dining Room Boxed meals for take-out only for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Breakfast: 7am to 10am Lunch: 11am to 4:30pm Dinner: 5:30pm to 8:30pm The Ahwahnee Bar Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Base Camp Eatery Indoor dining may be temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 Starbucks Coffee: 7am to 3pm Breakfast: 7am to 10am Lunch: 11am to 2pm Dinner: 4pm to 9pm RELIGIOUS SERVICES YOSEMITE COMMUNITY CHURCH (The Chapel) Pastor Brent Moore: Resident Minister (209) 372-4831 • SUNDAY SERVICES Morning Services: 9:15am (Year-round) 11am (Memorial Day - Labor Day THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY - Call for location Mountain Room Restaurant / Bar Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 CURRY VILLAGE Meadow Grill Breakfast: 7am to 10am Lunch/Dinner: 12pm to 8pm, Closes after breakfast Sep 7, reopens Sep 28, 7am to 10am/12pm to 8pm from Sep 28 to October 18 Taco Food Truck 1pm to 9pm, 7am to 10am/12pm to 8pm from Sep 8 to Sep 27, 12pm to 2pm/5pm to 8pm from Sep 28 to Oct 18. California Bowl Food Truck 5pm to 9pm, 12pm to 2pm/5pm to 8pm from Sep 8 to Sep 20. Closes for the season Sep 20. Pavilion/Pizza Deck/Coffee Corner/Bar Closed for renovations GLACIER POINT Snack Stand 9am to 6pm, conditions permitting WAWONA Wawona Hotel, Stable, and Golf Shop Closed for the 2020 season TUOLUMNE MEADOWS Lodge, Store, and Grill Closed for the 2020 season CHURCH OF CHRIST (Non-denominational) El Portal Chapel / Worship: Sunday 11am Info: 209/379-2100 SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Yosemite Valley Chapel Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30pm Oakhurst Hotline: (559) 683-1662 Groceries YOSEMITE VILLAGE Village Store 9am to 8pm YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Gift/Grocery 10am to 6pm CURRY VILLAGE Gift/Grocery 10am to 7pm WAWONA Wawona Store & Pioneer Gift Shop 8am to 5pm EL PORTAL El Portal Market 10am to 6pm Gas Stations EL PORTAL 24-hour pay-at-the-pump; Automotive supplies available at El Portal Market. WAWONA 24-hour pay-at-the-pump; Automotive supplies available at Wawona Store. CRANE FLAT 24-hour pay-at-the-pump; Automotive supplies available at Village Store. Post Offices YOSEMITE VILLAGE (Main Office) Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 5pm Saturday: 10am to noon YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Monday - Friday: 12:30pm to 2:45pm EL PORTAL Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 5pm Closed for lunch 12:30pm to 1:30pm WAWONA Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday: 9am to noon Books, Gifts, & Apparel YOSEMITE VILLAGE Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore at Yosemite Valley Visitor Center 9am to 5pm (will be operating as an outdoor “to-go” store) Yosemite Museum Store Closed for the 2020 season The Ansel Adams Gallery 10am to 3pm+ Village Store 9am to 8pm THE AHWAHNEE Gift Shop 10am to 6pm Sweet Shop 11:30am to 7pm YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Gift/Grocery 10am to 6pm CURRY VILLAGE Gift/Grocery 10am to 7pm Mountain Shop 8am to 4pm GLACIER POINT Gift Shop 9am to 6pm, conditions permitting WAWONA Wawona Store & Pioneer Gift Shop 8am to 5pm The Depot at Mariposa Grove Closed Recreation CURRY VILLAGE Bike Rentals 8am to 6pm, 10am to 5pm beginning Sep 8 YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Bike Rentals 8am to 6pm, 10am to 5pm beginning Sep 8 General Services Medical Clinic - Yosemite Valley (209) 372-4637 for emergency CALL 9-1-1 Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm, Closed weekends and federal holidays YOSEMITE VILLAGE Garage 24-hour towing service for emergencies only CURRY VILLAGE Shower House Open 24 hours - For lodging guests only Closed for 1 hour at 5am, 11am, 3pm, and 10pm HOUSEKEEPING CAMP Lodge, Store, Laundry, and Showers Closed for the 2020 season 5 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Hiking Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park. NPS Photo / Sheree Peshlakai Choose your adventure PARK UPDATE • Please practice social distancing while walking on trails. • Expect trail closures. • Some trails may be re-routed to What better way to enjoy the beauty of Yosemite than on foot. Ask a ranger at any visitor contact station for updated trail conditions and one of several free day-hike handouts. Popular Yosemite Day Hikes Starting Point Distance / Time Difficulty Bridalveil Fall A paved trail leads from the Bridalveil Fall parking area to the base of this waterfall, which flows year round. Expect lots of spray in spring and early summer. Yosemite Valley Bridalveil Fall Parking Area 0.5 mile roundtrip, 20 minutes Easy Lower Yosemite Fall This walk rewards visitors with views of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls. This waterfall may be dry in late summer and early fall. Expect lots of spray in spring and early summer. Yosemite Valley Yosemite Valley Lodge Parking Lot 1 mile round-trip, 20 minutes Easy Sentinel Dome This trail leads mostly across open granite with little shade. Enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of the park. Consider taking this hike at sunset, remember to bring a flashlight with fresh batteries! Glacier Point Road Sentinel Dome Parking Area 2.2 miles roundtrip, 2 hours Moderate Taft Point Walk through the forest, past a wildflower-filled meadow (seasonal), to an expanse on the south rim of Yosemite Valley, and enjoy great views of Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Glacier Point Road Sentinel Dome Parking Area 2.2 miles roundtrip, 2 hours Easy to Moderate Mariposa Grove Welcome Center Parking Lot 4.3 miles round trip, 3 to 4 hours. Trail / Description accommodate social distancing protocol. Please comply with all posted signs. Know Before You Go: • Swimming is not permitted in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir or in Emerald Pool above Vernal Fall. • Stay away from swift-moving water. Keep children from wandering near these hazards. Choose swimming areas carefully and swim only during low water conditions. • Always supervise children closely. • Avoid areas of whitewater, where streams flow over rocky obstructions. • Never swim or wade upstream from a waterfall, even if the water appears shallow and calm. Nearly every year, unsuspecting visitors are swept over waterfalls to their deaths when swimming in these areas. Mariposa Grove: Big Trees Loop Expect a two-mile, one-way walk to reach the grove, then, the Big Trees Loop takes you through a forest with many giant sequoias, and features the Fallen Monarch and interpretive panels. 6 Moderate NPS Images of Trails Yosemite Guide August 26, 2020 - September 29, 2020 Permit Information Camping, Hiking, and Wilderness Use Wilderness Permits Wilderness permits are required for all overnight trips into the Yosemite Wilderness. Following adaptive management guidelines and the need to protect the health and safety of our visitors and employees, there will be no first-come, first-served permits issued in the park for 2020. The remaining 40% of trailhead quotas will be available through a two week out lottery using the advanced reservation system. Please go to www. htm to check trailhead availability and for more information on how to apply for these permits. Reservations can be made online at wilderness-permits. A processing fee of $5 per permit plus $5 per person is charged to each confirmed reservation. For more information, visit planyourvisit/backpacking.htm, the Leave No Trace website at, or the Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue website at Wilderness Centers YOSEMITE VALLEY Open daily from 9am to 1pm for bear canister rentals only. The Valley Wilderness Center is located in Yosemite Village, between the post office and The Ansel Adams Gallery. WAWONA Open daily from 9am to 1pm for bear canister rentals only. Located on the grounds of the Wawona Hotel, Hill’s Studio was the gallery and art studio of famous 19thcentury landscape painter, Thomas Hill. Walk from th

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