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June 24, 2011 | By Dan Blackburn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you want to cover a lot of spectacular high-country terrain at California's Yosemite National Park without lugging a heavy pack, try letting a mule do the hard part. The park's stables at Tuolumne Meadows have added a custom overnight mule trip to the area's scenic Water Wheel Falls. The trips will begin after the stables open for the season, which is typically around the same time as the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge opens. That date depends on conditions; it is tentatively set for July 8 . Water Wheel Falls is a backpacker destination that is made easily accessible by riding the mules.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
The out-of-control Rim fire has crossed into Yosemite National Park, but the fire line is far from the pristine valley popular with tourists and campers, officials said Friday. The fire exploded in size overnight Thursday, and moved into the park after scorching more than 105,000 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest, authorities said. Because the fire is confined to the park's more remote northwestern section, though, campers in the Yosemite Valley have been largely unaffected, park ranger and spokesman Scott Gediman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers are supporting a proposal to expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 acres, restoring land stripped of its protection by Congress in 1906. The state Senate approved a resolution this week that asks the federal government to approve the expansion. “This is a great day for Yosemite,” said Nathan Weaver, a spokesman for Environment California, which supported the resolution. “We applaud work by California's leaders to preserve and strengthen Yosemite, one of the world's most beautiful” parks.
TRAVEL
February 27, 2010
If you yearn for cheap sleeps more than warmth and indoor plumbing, California's Yosemite National Park has a winter deal that will test your mettle. Or with another deal from the park, you can pay a bit more and turn on the heat. The deal: Under the Curry Village Temp-RATE-ture offer, your nightly rate for an unheated tent cabin is based on the previous night's low temperature, as recorded by the National Park Service. The most you'll pay with this deal is $39 a night, double occupancy, less than half what these cabins cost in summer.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Tioga Road , which provides key access to Yosemite National Park 's back country, has been cleared of snow and will reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the park. But nearby campgrounds , a gas station, stores and other services along the road remain closed with no opening date set. California Highway 120, as the road is officially known, will have other limitations too. The park statement said visitors can expect to find several no-stopping zones marked along the road, which has been buried under nearly twice the normal snowpack this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
About 800 homes are threatened by a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park. The Carstens fire in Mariposa County has charred 1,600 acres near the primary roadway leading to Yosemite and drawn more than 2,200 firefighters to battle the flames. “With the numbers of homes that are threatened and the potential for this fire to grow, we needed to call in those additional resources,”  Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said Tuesday.
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | By Jane Engle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
April 14, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Ladies and gentlemen, don your raincoats. Conditions may be just right in the coming days for a moonbow at Yosemite National Park. A moonbow, also called a lunar rainbow, occurs, oddly enough, at night. The Yosemite National Park website says an optimal view is the result of  "clear skies, enough water in Yosemite Fall to create sufficient mist, dark skies, bright moonlight not blocked by the surrounding mountains, and the correct rainbow geometry. " I can make no iron-clad promises, but Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said conditions look right: There is a lot of runoff at Yosemite Fall, the snow pack is enormous and the weather is warm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
An unattended campfire in Mariposa County sparked a blaze that has burned about 1,600 acres, authorities concluded Tuesday. The Carstens fire broke out Sunday afternoon east of California 140 in the Midpines area, about 40 miles southwest of Yosemite National Park. Investigators will try to track down who was responsible for the campfire, said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. About 800 homes remained threatened by the wildfire, which has closed the primary road leading to Yosemite and drawn more than 2,200 firefighters to fight it. It is 15% contained.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
This was an unlucky year to get lucky in the lottery for Yosemite High Sierra Camps reservations. The five seasonal camps , assembled each year at high elevations in the park's spectacular back country, were supposed to open as early as this month, but they have been delayed by this year's mighty Sierra snowpack . "We've pushed the dates back four times, starting about a month ago," said Lisa Cesaro, spokeswoman for DNC Parks...
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