February 17, 2013
California national parks, monuments and sites A list, from Alcatraz Island to Yosemite National Park, with programs, fees and directions. Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, B201, San Francisco; (415) 561-4900 or (415) 981-7625 (tickets), http://www.nps.gov/alca or http://www.alcatrazcruises.com.
September 28, 2012 |
National parks and monuments, national forests and other wild places will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day. The idea is to encourage people to get out and see these natural places and maybe even work to help preserve them. The deal: Not all parks and forests charge fees for admission, but those that do will be free. For example, Death Valley National Park usually charges $20 per car or $10 for those entering on foot or bicycle. Same price for Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks.
September 26, 2012 |
There's a terrible irony lurking in the recent news of the hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite National Park, which has killed three visitors and sickened half a dozen more since mid-June. Part of the backdrop of the 1864 act that established Yosemite as essentially the nation's first national park (that language would not be used until 1872 in the founding of Yellowstone National Park) had everything to do with health and healing in the latter years of the Civil War. We'd do well to note that from today's vantage of being in the middle of the sesquicentennial years of the war. You might not connect Yosemite to the Civil War. But Frederick Law Olmsted, co-creator of Central Park, certainly did. Eyewitness to the horrific destruction wrought by the war when he served as general secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission, a Red Cross-like operation for the North, Olmsted despaired as the nation became, in his memorable phrasing, a "republic of suffering.
August 11, 2012 |
Everyone loves to watch black bears at Yosemite National Park and elsewhere in the Sierra Nevada, just not at close range. That's why the park sponsors an apple-picking day each year to remove tempting fruit from populated areas of the park so bears and humans don't collide. Yosemite has two historic apple orchards inside the park, one at Curry Village and one near the horse stables. The idea is to remove the non-native food source in hopes of keeping the bears wild and away from the popular tourist stops.
February 21, 2012 |
Here's a traffic alert for California's Yosemite National Park : A section of a major route there will be shut down for more than a month to repair damage caused by a Jan. 22 rockslide. Starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 29, California Highway 120, also known as Big Oak Flat Road, will be closed to traffic between the Foresta Road junction and El Portal Road (California Highway 140) junction. The closure is expected to last until early April, officials said in a news release . Yosemite Valley, the park's most visited area, will remain accessible by other routes.
January 29, 2012
A list, from Alcatraz Island to Yosemite National Park, with programs, fees and directions. Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, B201, San Francisco; (415) 561-4900 or (415) 981-7625 (tickets), http://www.nps.gov/alca or http://www.alcatrazcruises.com. Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego; (619)