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Yosemite Guide

September 30, 2020 - December 1, 2020

brochure Yosemite Guide - September 30, 2020 - December 1, 2020

The November 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 September 30, 2020 - December 1, 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. Celebrate, enjoy, and learn more about Yosemite’s undeveloped and natural wilderness areas on page 10. Photo by Ryan Alonzo Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide September 30, 2020 - December 1, 2020 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide September 30, 2020 - December 1, 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 The Ahwahnee se U p p er Yo Yosemite Valley Lodge Yosemite Falls Parking Swinging Bridge Housekeeping Camp Yosemite Village Parking il Sentinel Beach ra T te r i le wi n n cl o ur se M d 1 mile Lower Pines North Pines Half Dome 8836 ft 2693 m Campground Reservations Curry Village Curry Village Parking Upper Pines Trailhead Parking i Fo El Capitan Picnic Area Chapel Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (YCHC) Wawona 1 km Mirror Lake seasonal Camp 4 0 Medical Church Bowl Clinic Picnic Area m Yosemite Valley Area in inset: F l al Yosemite Valley Map N The Ansel Adams Gallery l Tuolumne Meadows Restroom Yosemite Village Lower Yosemite Fall Glacier Point Happy Isles Art and Nature Center closed in winter Vernal Fall 72I4 ft 2I99 m Cathedral Beach & d Loo Mist Trail r ai l pT Bridalveil Fall ho 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 na wo Wa a Ro y l le Va Cree k Winter Weather Driving and Chain Control Information: Illilouette Fall Winter road conditions through Yosemite can vary widely and may require tire chains. Chain requirements are strictly enforced. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209/3720200. Signs will indicate when chains are required. Here is a summary of chain control signs on Yosemite roads: R1 - All vehicles without mud and snow tires are required to install chains/cables. Vehicles with mud and snow tires do not, but must still carry chains. See chain control regulations on for vehicles towing trailers. R2 - Chains/cables must be installed on ALL vehicles except 4-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles with mud and snow tires. Fourwheel drive vehicles must have 4-wheel drive engaged. R3 - ALL vehicles are required to install chains/cables, regardless of having mud and snow tires or 4-wheel/all-wheel drive capability, NO EXCEPTIONS. *“M+S” will be on the side of your tires if they are mud and snow tires. i Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide September 30, 2020 - December 1, 2020 Park Updates Keep this Guide with you to get the most out of your trip Enjoy American Indian Heritage Month November is National American Indian Heritage Month and The National Park Service celebrates and pays tribute to the rich SAFETY ALERT ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. For your safety and the safety of other visitors America is a vast land of many cultures and employees, we encourage you to follow dating back thousands of years. Today, parks CDC guidance to reduce the spread of preserve and share the stories and heritage of COVID-19. indigenous peoples. Find your park and learn about the history, heritage, and traditions Practice social distancing. Maintain of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and a distance of at least 6 feet between Native Hawaiian peoples. you and others. THINGS TO DO IN YOSEMITE VALLEY Wash hands using soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently. Custom Yosemite Experiences Join a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist guide for a Custom Adventure designed to fit your interests and schedule. Options include day Wear a facecovering when social The Yosemite Falls and Merced River flow in the fall. Image by Ryan Alonzo distancing cannot be maintained. backpacking trips, and more. For more information, contact adventures@yosemite. 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, National Park. Visit the park website,, for updates and safety information. and mouth, and most importantly, stay home if you feel sick. 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. Photography Excursions private guided tours, or camera walks led by resident staff photographers. Call ahead for reservations 209/372-4413 or visit anseladams. com/photography-education. 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. Pioneer Yosemite History Center 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. Pioneer Yosemite History Center explores Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and services parks in America and around the world. Select dining and shopping establishments are open and encourage social distancing. Go back to a time of horse-drawn wagons, a covered bridge, and log cabins. A visit to the Yosemite’s history and interpretive signs explain how Yosemite was the inspiration for national Mariposa Grove Located near Yosemite’s South Entrance, Yosemite-related questions and to get park Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove Welcome The Ansel Adams Gallery THINGS TO DO IN THE WAWONA AREA Drop by a visitor contact station to ask your information and updates. They are located in org, or visit Sign up for 2-4 hour photography classes, Currently open and available Park App hikes, birding walks, stargazing programs, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequioas is the What Does 6-ft Look Like? park’s largest stand of giant sequoias, with The wing span of a bald eagle is about 500 trees in the grove. Shuttles will roughly 6 feet long. While social not operate during the 2020 season, expect a distancing, imagine the length two-mile, one-way walk to reach the grove. of a soaring eagles’ wing span Self-guiding tours are available in the grove. between you and others. 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 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 Chapel 5 Yosemite Falls Parking Interagency Annual Pass $80 Valid for one year at all federal recreation sites. Housekeeping Camp 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 or permanent residents. - San 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 Fresno 0 1 km Road close 1 mile after N The Tioga Road and Glacier Point the first significant snowfall. Overnight parking on these roads end October 15. For current road and weather information, please call (209)372-0200. 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 Mariposa Grove Road CLOSES after the first significant snowfall. Yosemite Guide September 30, 2020 - December 1, 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 Valley View in fall. NPS Photo 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 (1 hour) from Yosemite Valley. The road stays open as weather permits, however, overnight parking along it ends October 15. Glacier Point Road closes beyond the Badger Pass Ski Area after the first significant snow fall. When the road is snow-covered and conditions permit, a system of cross-country ski tracks are maintained on it. From Yosemite Valley, take the Wawona Road (Highway 41), then turn left onto Glacier Point Road. At Glacier Point, a short, paved, and wheelchairaccessible trail leads you to a stunning view looking into Yosemite Valley. Wawona and Mariposa Grove 3 The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is located 36 miles (1¼ hours) south of Half Dome view from Glacier Point. Photo by Armand Williams Yosemite Valley via the Wawona Road (Highway 41), two miles from the park’s south entrance station. The Mariposa Grove Road will continue to be closed to vehicles, and have no shuttle service available, for the rest of 2020. The road usually remains closed for the winter until approximately mid-March, however, it is open to hikers, snowshoers, and skiers. All trails in the grove also remain open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 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. Crane Flat and Tuolumne Grove 4 Crane Flat is located 16 miles from Yosemite Valley at the junction of the Big Oak Flat and Tioga Roads. A number of hikes through pleasant meadows are available— when snow covers the ground these turn into delightful ski and snowshoe tracks. To see giant sequoias, park at the Tuolumne Grove parking area located on the Tioga Road, and Giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove. Photo by Jeffrey Trust walk one steep mile down to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Or, park at Merced Grove trailhead and walk two steep miles down to this small grove. These groves north of Yosemite Valley are smaller than the more-famous Mariposa Grove, but are quieter and off limits to vehicles. Remember that the walk down is easier than the walk back up. Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road 5 The Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests, meadows, lakes, and granite domes. The road closes after the first big snowfall, and overnight parking ends on October 15. The road’s elevation ranges from 6,200 feet to just under 10,000 feet. Tuolumne Meadows embodies the high-country of the Sierra Nevada. The Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River winds through broad sub-alpine meadows surrounded by granite domes and peaks. It is the jumping off place for countless hikes, whether you venture out for a day Cathedral Peak, near Tuolumne Meadows. NPS Photo or a week. In winter, Tuolumne Meadows is often reached by skiers via the Snow Creek Trail from the Mirror Lake trailhead, a short distance east of Yosemite Valley Hetch Hetchy 66 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 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 FUTURE EXHIBIT November 22, 2020 - January 2, 2021 40 Years in Yosemite: A Retrospective of A visitor contact station will be available Charles Cramer behind the visitor center for information and Charlie Cramer has enjoyed photographing updates. The Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore and exhibiting in Yosemite National Park will also be operating outdoors. Located in — beginning with his first show at the Valley Yosemite Village. Starting Nov 1, 9am to Visitor Center in 1979. This winter, we 4:30pm, Nov 15-Jan 15, 9am to 4pm, and Jan celebrate his life chasing the light in the Sierra. 16-Feb 12, 9am to 4:30pm. THINGS TO DO IN CRANE FLAT YOSEMITE FILMS Tuolumne Grove Closed during the 2020 season. The trailhead for this grove of approximately 25 mature sequoias is near the Big Oak Flat Yosemite Museum and Tioga road intersection at Crane Flat. The Closed during the 2020 season. moderately strenuous trail drops 500 feet (150 meters) in one mile. Within the Tuolumne INDIAN CULTURAL VILLAGE Grove there is an easy, half-mile, self-guided Walk through the reconstructed Indian nature trail. Bring drinking water. Village of Ahwahnee and learn about the structures the Ahwahneechee lived in and Merced Grove the plants they used for survival. See the ceremonial roundhouse, bark houses, and A mule deer nibbles at fallen leaves on the ground. NPS Photo sweathouse members of the local tribes still The Ansel Adams Gallery actively use for ceremonies and special gatherings. Located behind the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite Village. YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE A CALL FOR ARTISTS The call to artists for Yosemite Renaissance 36 has begun. The competition is open to artists worldwide, and offers $4000 in cash awards. The show opens at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in February 2021, then travels to other art centers across California. Submission 2020. deadline The exhibit is November 29, focuses on artwork inspired by Yosemite and the California Sierra Nevada region. Artists interested in applying can view the prospectus and at can apply at For more information, call (559) 683-5551 or email NEW EXHIBIT Open 10am to 3pm+ daily. The gallery offers October 11, 2020 - November 21, 2020 works by Ansel Adams as well as contemporary Glacial Conclusions - photographers, painters, and printers. Call New Paintings by Penny Otwell (209) 372-4413 or visit www.anseladams. Now is the time to seek out old friends — and com for more information. The Ansel Adams in Penny Otwell’s case, the oldest of friends. Gallery is located in Yosemite Village. Literally. Throughout her decades spent wandering and painting Yosemite National CONCLUDING EXHIBIT Park, Ms. Otwell has come to include the August 23, 2020 - October 10, 2020 eternal rocks, trees and waterfalls as among Yosemite and The West: her dearest companions, and those she knows Photographs by Bob Kolbrener and understands intimately. They in return, While places like Yosemite and The West have given her a lifetime of inspiration and have found their way into our collective influence, which now more than ever, we look consciousness, stirring us through art, politics or to embrace without debate or critique. A result social media, their metaphors of perseverance, of that grounded relationship in these times strength and receptiveness carry a new weight. of consolation is Glacial Conclusions - New Paintings by Penny Otwell, which will open at Bob Kolbrener has photographed Yosemite The Ansel Adams Gallery on October 11 and and The West for over 50 years. It is easy to run through November 21, 2020. We hope you see in his images a benevolence and power in can come to the gallery to view a culmination grand landscapes, of the earth calling to us. in a lifetime of friendship and art in Yosemite. YOSEMITE CONSERVANCY (YC) OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AND MORE YOSEMITE CONSERVANCY (YC) STARGAZING AND STORIES Join Yosemite Conservancy for naturalist-led Outdoor Adventures: Join Yosemite Conservancy naturalists this fall and winter for evening fun and inspiration! Programs held on Saturdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm. 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 Scenic Drive / Hikes Tuolumne Meadows provides a glimpse of the High Sierra. The Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River winds through broad sub-alpine meadows surrounded by high granite domes and peaks. It is the jumping off place for countless hikes. Stop at the Tuolumne Meadows information center for details. Open 9-5 daily. 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. Programs Social distancing measures will be in place at all park programs for the safety of participants and employees. Programs marked with a indicates that facilities are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Short, steep inclines may be encountered. Check local listings for additional programs. PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES The Ansel Adams Gallery offers photography classes most days of the week. Sign up in advance at The Ansel Adams Gallery, located in Yosemite Valley or visit their website for a complete schedule at photography-education. Excursions have been modified to limit group size and accommodate social distancing for guest safety. 4 Oct 3-4 Oct 6-9 Oct 31 Birthplace of Modern Climbing: Yosemite Valley Drawing & Watercolor Journaling with Janet Takahashi Dine and Discover: Halloween Full Moon Hike to Taft Point Contact us to plan a Custom Adventure or Custom Art Class. Visit us online to learn more: Outdoor Adventures: Custom Adventures: Custom Art Classes (through Oct 17): to find our latest updates, learn more about our organization, and check our program calendar. October: Stargazing in Yosemite Valley Explore constellations and the universe we all share. Meet at the Lower Yosemite Fall shuttle stop (#6). Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Registration required: November and December: Campfire Stories in front of the Indian Village Join Brian Shoor for tales spun around a fire. Nov 28 and Dec 26. Registration required: We are implementing strict safety measures for all our in-person activities, to keep participants and instructors safe. Explore our website ( and follow us on social media Join the Birthplace of Modern Climbing in Yosemite Valley, October 3 -4. Photo by Eric Bissell Yosemite Guide September 30, 2020 - December 1, 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. 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 Fall foliage surround the Village Store. 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, The Loft at Degnan’s Kitchen Closed for the 2020 season Village Grill Closes for the season THE AHWAHNEE Dining Room Boxed meals for take-out only for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Breakfast: 7am to 10am Lunch: 11am to 4pm Dinner: 5:30pm to 8:30pm The Ahwahnee Bar 3pm to 9pm; Fridays & Saturdays only beginning Nov 30 YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Starbucks Coffee Thursday-Sunday: 7am to 3pm Base Camp Eatery Indoor dining may be temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 Breakfast: 7am to 10am Lunch: 11am to 2pm Dinner: 4pm to 9pm Mountain Room Bar 4pm to 9pm; Fridays and Saturdays only beginning Nov 30 Mountain Room Restaurant closed VILLAGE Meadow Grill Breakfast: 7am to 10am Lunch/Dinner: 12pm to 8pm, Closes for the season after breakfast Oct 20 Taco Food Truck 12pm to 2pm/5pm to 8pm, Closes for the season after dinner Oct 19. Pavilion/Pizza Deck/Coffee Corner/Bar Closed for renovations GLACIER POINT Snack Stand 9am to 5pm, Closes for the season Oct 19 WAWONA Wawona Hotel, Stable, and Golf Shop Closed for the 2020 season TUOLUMNE MEADOWS Lodge, Store, and Grill Closed for the 2020 season Groceries YOSEMITE VILLAGE Village Store 9am to 7pm YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Gift/Grocery 10am to 6pm CURRY VILLAGE Gift/Grocery 10am to 6pm WAWONA Wawona Store & Pioneer Gift Shop 11am to 3pm 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. RELIGIOUS SERVICES SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS YOSEMITE COMMUNITY CHURCH (The Chapel) Resident Minister: Pastor Brent Moore (209) 372-4831 • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Yosemite Valley Chapel Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30pm Oakhurst Hotline: (559) 683-1662 SUNDAY SERVICES Morning Services: 9:15am (Year-round) THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY - Call for location GENERAL SERVICES CHURCH OF CHRIST (Non-denominational) El Portal Chapel / Worship: Sunday 11am Info: 209/379-2100 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 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 7pm 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 6pm Mountain Shop 8am to 4pm GLACIER POINT Gift Shop 9am to 6pm, closes for the season Oct 19 WAWONA Wawona Store & Pioneer Gift Shop 11am to 3pm Recreation CURRY VILLAGE Bike Rentals 10am to 5pm, closes for the season Nov 1 YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Bike Rentals 10am to 5pm, 10am to 4pm beginning Nov 1 GARAGE - YOSEMITE VILLAGE 24-hour towing service for emergencies only 5 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Hiking Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park. NPS Photo 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 Yosemite Valley Curry Village Parking Area 3+ miles roundtrip, 2-3 hours Moderate Yosemite Valley Yosemite Village Parking Area 1 miles loop, 2 hours 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. TRAIL CLOSURE Lower Mist Trail Closure • Closed from the lower Mist Trail-JMT junction to the top of Vernal Fall • Closed Monday through Friday, 7am to 4pm, through November 21, 2020, due to trail reconstruction. • Trail open on weekends • Trail may be open overnight; if not, gates will remain closed and signs posted about the overnight closure. • Hikers are encouraged to hike the Mist Trail as a loop up to Clark Point and down the JMT at all times. • Mirror Lake With a fresh perspective looking up at Half Dome directly from its base, you’ll be rewarded with views of Tenaya Canyon, Mount Watkins, Washington Column, and more. Warning: there is a $280 fine for entering a construction zone. • Visit a visitor contact station for more information. 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. Choose swimming areas carefully Always supervise children closely. • Never swim upstream from a waterfall, even if the water appears shallow/calm. 6 Cook’s Meadow Loop Walk through the heart of it all! Enjoy views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, and Royal Arches from the center of Yosemite Valley as you saunter through this large open meadow. Mariposa Grove: Big Trees Loop Expect a two-mile, one-way walk from the welcome plaza to the grove, then, the Big Trees Loop takes you through a forest with many giant sequ

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