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Yosemite National Park 11h
Replying to @geov209
Tire chains are required on some roads currently. You can check status at 209-372-0200 (then 1, 1).
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Yosemite National Park 12h
The 34th annual Yosemite Renaissance art exhibit opens today! For over 150 years, artists have played a pivotal role in inspiring the protection of state and national parks. Drop by the Yosemite Museum to check out the pieces, on display 10-4 (closed 12-1) through May 5!
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Yosemite National Park 20h
Replying to @CodifyDan
Chains are not required on El Portal Road (continuation of Hwy 140 inside the park, which Caltrans doesn't provide updates for), but chains OR tires marked m+s (mud/snow) are required in Yosemite Valley. You must carry chains, as well. Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) for updates.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 21
Hints of change are showing through the Valley's deep, white winter blanket...drop by drop, frozen meadows are preparing for their annual springtime jubilee of streams and seeps, wetlands and ponds, brilliant green grasses and abundant life.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 21
Replying to @jocranch
Thanks for the good feedback! We'll pass it along.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 21
Replying to @jocranch
Thanks for letting us know, and sorry about that. Yosemite Hospitality's website does have open/closed dates on their website (as of today, at least), but you should have been notified of the unexpected closure. We'll work with them to ensure they are making notifications.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 21
Replying to @tracydunne1
Tire chains may be required. Park at the parking area west of Yosemite Lodge/across from Camp 4, then walk to the viewing area.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 20
Replying to @stewiechan
There is no parking for Horsetail Fall on Southside Drive. Please park at Yosemite Falls parking (across from Camp 4) and view from Northside Drive. (Four Mail Trail has downed line/trail damage due to a rockfall.)
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Yosemite National Park Feb 20
Replying to @stewiechan
Pohono Trail is open all year, but is buried under several feet of snow currently (making it impossible to follow). There is not currently an accessible viewing location from high up without extensive cross-country skiing.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 19
Half the park is after dark...but on a moonlit night under a blanket of fresh snow, there's nothing dark about Yosemite Valley. Where will you wander under tonight's supermoon?
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Yosemite National Park Feb 19
Replying to @kisung54260205
There is a chance of snow at least early next week. You could use YARTS () along Highway 140 to avoid driving in snow (if roads are snowy).
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Yosemite National Park Feb 18
Mister Blue Sky, please tell us why You had to hide away for so long (so long)? (-Electric Light Orchestra) The sun finally came out today! What tunes remind you of sunbeams and blue skies?
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Yosemite National Park Feb 18
Replying to @LindaSonnier11
These are actually convergent lady beetles, a native species! Asian lady beetles (an invasive species) are slightly larger, with cream-colored heads and a black M-shaped design. For comparison: vs.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 17
Yes, the park is open as usual (before coming, check on road conditions and chain restrictions by calling 209/372-0200 then 1, 1).
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Yosemite National Park Feb 17
Caption this photo! Groups of thousands of ladybugs overwinter together in a state called diapause (lowering their metabolism to conserve resources). On warm days, they emerge en masse and climb vegetation near their winter hideouts.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 17
No, all campgrounds (except Camp 4) are still closed until further notice.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 17
Replying to @IloveRainbows34
It's impossible to say. As of early February, we were at about average snowpack (and we've had some large storms since then). However, mid-to-late May opening dates are more typical for average-to-high snowpack years.
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Yosemite National Park Feb 17
Replying to @iOCDad
We're looking at a mostly clear forecast for tomorrow; however, even slight clouds or haze can obscure the lighting effect. Check out parking & access info:
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Yosemite National Park Feb 17
It's definitely possible! (More likely rain, but snow wouldn't be unheard of.)
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Yosemite National Park Feb 17
Yes, given that we were at about average snowfall levels before the last two weeks of storms, we might be looking at an above-average year for waterfalls. We'll see what the March snow surveys show!
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