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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.
November 8, 2010 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In Yosemite National Park , summer crowds have long dissipated. And now is good time to think about visiting the California park, where you'll find bargain room rates this month and in December in Yosemite Valley and nearby. Sure, it may get nippy, but the scenery is gorgeous and the atmosphere is peaceful. The deal: Live it up at the venerable Ahwahnee , a AAA four-diamond hotel, where nightly room rates in December drop as low as $199 per night from as high as $469 in the high season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 13, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
The majestic landscape of Yosemite National Park - carved out of granite and shaped by powerful natural forces over the eons - is timeless and untouchable. Other attractions in the park … not so much. Some of Yosemite's much-loved amenities, including swimming pools, bike, horse and raft rentals, and an ice skating rink, would be jettisoned under a plan to restore the Merced River corridor to a more natural state. The Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan would reconfigure much of the Yosemite Valley by removing or relocating familiar concessions.
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