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California Briefing / Yosemite National Park

Evacuated hotel up and running

August 29, 2009|Associated Press

The Ahwahnee Hotel was bustling Friday as workers greeted guests for the first time since a series of rock avalanches behind the landmark prompted forced evacuations Wednesday.

Employees opened the hotel at 4 p.m. to allow access to the National Historic Landmark's formal dining hall and 123 rooms, some with views of Glacier Point and Half Dome as pricey as $1,100 a night.

Park geologists have been monitoring a cliff known as Royal Arches to determine whether more granite was poised to slough since Wednesday's landslides peppered the parking lot with boulders for more than nine hours.

Rockfalls are the single largest geologic force still shaping Yosemite Valley.

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