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Yosemite Guide

February 1, 2023 – March 28, 2023

brochure Yosemite Guide - February 1, 2023 – March 28, 2023

The February/March 2023 Yosemite Guide with information about trip planning, activities, scheduled events, and hours of operations for different facilities and services at Yosemite National Park (NP) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

What You Need to Know NPS Photo NPS Photo Protect Yourself and Your Park NPS Photo NPS Photo Driving in Yosemite in Winter Protect Yourself and Wildlife Never approach or feed any animal. It is dangerous—both to you and the animal—and illegal to do so. Wild animals in Yosemite can transmit diseases, including plague, rabies, and hantavirus. For more information on how to stay safe in Yosemite, visit Winter road conditions can vary and may require tire chains. Chain requirements are strictly enforced. For updated road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, call 209/372-0200. Signs will indicate when chains are required. Here is a summary of chain control signs on Yosemite roads: R1 - All vehicles without mud and snow tires are required to install chains/ cables. Vehicles with mud and snow tires do not, but must still carry chains. R2 - Chains/cables must be installed on ALL vehicles except 4-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles with mud and snow tires. 4-wheel drive vehicles must have 4-wheel drive engaged. R3 - ALL vehicles are required to install chains/ cables, regardless of having mud and snow tires or 4-wheel/ all-wheel drive capability. NO EXCEPTIONS. Emergency chains are not acceptable. Learn more: DISTANCE FROM WILDLIFE: 30 feet = about one bus-length. Yosemite Falls Seasonal Cycle The most common human-related cause of death for a black bear in Yosemite is being hit by a car. Slow down! Driving too fast is almost always the cause of these accidental deaths. Report bear sightings: 209/372-0322. Visitors to Yosemite National Park are the park’s most important guardians. During your visit to Yosemite, please contact a park official if you see any of the following illegal acts: • Feeding or approaching wildlife • Collecting plants, reptiles, or butterfies • Hunting animals • Picking up archeological items, such as arrowheads • Using metal detectors • Driving vehicles into meadows • Biking off of paved roads • Camping outside of designated campgrounds • Possession of weapons inside federal facilities • Possessing or using marijuana, including medical marijuana • Using drones Yosemite is home to numerous waterfalls. The best time to see waterfalls is during spring, when most of the snowmelt occurs. Peak runoff typically occurs in May or June, with some waterfalls (including Yosemite Falls) often only a trickle or completely dry by August. Storms in late fall rejuvenate some of the waterfalls and all of them accumulate frost along their edges many nights during the winter. If you see activities that could harm people or park resources, jot down any descriptions or a vehicle license plate number and call the park dispatch offce at 209/379-1992. Entering a National Park Yosemite is a place where wilderness prevails. Prepare yourself for a wild experience. The National Park Service is bound by its mission to protect Yosemite’s natural and cultural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Please be attentive to the regulations in place to protect park resources and those designed for your safety. Fire – Police – Medical Emergency Call or text 911 for emergencies. Medical Clinic (in Yosemite Valley) Open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Phone: 209/372-4637 Road, Weather, and Park Information Check road updates: 209/372-0200 Yosemite Village Garage Offers 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and propane service until 4:30pm. NO gas is available here. Phone: 209/372-1060 Keep in Touch Food Storage Access for People with Disabilities For a complete list of accessible services, exhibits, and recreational opportunities, pick up a Yosemite Accessibility Guide at any park entrance station or visitor center, or view online at planyourvisit/accessibility.htm, or call a park Accessibility Coordinator at 209/379-1035. Is my pet allowed in Yosemite? Sign Language interpreting is available upon request. Contact Deaf Services at 209/379-5250 (v/txt). Two weeks advance notice is requested. Assistive Listening Devices are available upon advance request at any visitor center. Accessible parking spaces are available throughout the park. Lose Something in Yosemite? For items lost or found at one of Yosemite’s restaurants, hotels, or lounges, call 209/372-4357. For items lost or found in other areas of the park, call 209/379-1001. @YosemiteNPS Properly storing your food is important year-round in Yosemite, for more information about bears and food storage visit Pets are allowed in developed areas, on fully paved roads, sidewalks, and bicycle paths (except when signed as not allowing pets), and in all campgrounds except walk-in campgrounds and group campgrounds. Pets must be restrained on a leash not more than six feet long and may not be left unattended. Other regulations also apply. Winter Conditions During the fall and winter, be prepared for changing road conditions. Tioga Road, Glacier Point Road, and the Mariposa Grove Road close after the first major snowstorm. The roads that remain open throughout the park may require tire chains. Check on current road conditions and chain restrictions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). Park Partners Pets are NOT allowed on the shuttle buses or indoor lodging areas, including lobbies and rooms. Yosemite Guide February 1, 2023 - March 28,visit! 2023 @YosemiteNPS @YosemiteNPS Enjoy your Park Map NOTICE! A reservation is required to drive into Yosemite on the following weekends: • February 10–12, 2023 • February 17–19, 2023 • February 24–26, 2023 See Lake Eleanor To O’Shaughnessy Dam Hetch Hetchy Entrance Hetch Hetchy Road HETCH HETCHY and Lee Vining Closed approx. Nov through May Hetch Hetchy Backpackers’ Campground Tuolumne River White Wolf Closed approx. Nov through May Big Oak Flat Entrance Yosemite Creek Tioga Road Porcupine Flat Closed approx. Nov through May Big Oak Flat Information Station Hodgdon Meadow Tuolumne Grove Merced Grove Trailhead Crane Flat Merced River GLACIER POINT Tunnel View To Merced Tenaya Lake YOSEMITE VALLEY El Portal Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Tamarack Flat Big Oak Flat Road Road Closed Glacier Point Road Arch Rock Entrance Badger Pass Ski Area Yosemite West (winter only) Wawona Road WAWONA Wawona Campground Wawona Visitor Center Yosemite History Center Mariposa Grove South Entrance 0 Gas Station Ranger Station 5km 5 miles Roads on map are simplifed and do not refect degree of windiness To Fresno NOTE! There are only 2 gas stations in the park and NO GAS in Yosemite Valley. Tioga Pass Entrance Tuolumne Meadows Tioga Road Evergreen Road To Manteca TUOLUMNE MEADOWS (Wilderness Permit Required) Campground Visitor Center Information Center Visitor Centers NPS Photo YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER 2 Maximize your time in Yosemite by reading this Guide and bringing any questions to the nearest visitor center. Talk to park rangers, view exhibits, and learn more about the park. The visitor centers also feature Yosemite Conservancy bookstores, where you can find books, maps, and other souvenir items. Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley Visitor Center // 9am to 4:30pm, open year-round Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center // closed for the season Big Oak Flat Information Station // closed for the season Wawona Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio // closed for the season NPS Photo Yosemite Valley NPS Photo Hetch Hetchy Wawona and Mariposa Grove Yosemite Valley is open year round and is known for massive cliff faces like El Capitan and Half Dome and its plunging waterfalls, including the tallest in North America, Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Valley’s meadows are great places to see wildlife and to photograph seasonal scenery. Whether you explore the Valley by foot, car, bicycle or with a tour, you will be in awe and eager to see what’s around the next corner. Road Conditions Yosemite Valley roads remain open year-round, chain restrictions may be in effect. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite and is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias. Park at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza and walk, or snowshoe, to the Grove via a 2-mile hike, one-way, with 500 feet elevation gain. The nearby Yosemite History Center in Wawona is a collection of historic buildings associated with people and events that shaped the national park idea in Yosemite. Distance from Yosemite Valley: 30 mi/48 km (1 hour) Directions From Yosemite Valley, take Wawona Road (Hwy 41). NPS Photo NPS Photo Road Conditions Wawona Road (Hwy 41) remains open year-round, with winter tire chain restrictions. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a source of drinking water and hydroelectric power for the City of San Francisco, is home to spectacular scenery and offers many wilderness trails. The area’s low elevation makes it a good place to hike in autumn, winter, and spring, and very hot for hiking in the summer. Wilderness permits are available (self-register) while the road is open (8am to 5pm). Distance from Yosemite Valley: 40 mi/64 km (1 ½ hours) Directions From Yosemite Valley, take Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) to Evergreen Road, then turn right. Road Conditions Vehicles and/or trailers over 25 feet long and 8 feet wide are not permitted on the narrow, winding Hetch Hetchy Road. The road is open from 8am to 5pm, with winter tire chain restrictions. Glacier Point Road NPS Photo Badger Pass Ski Area Enjoy a day on the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area. Recorded information about winter sports and conditions is available by calling 209/372-1000. Distance from Yosemite Valley: 20 mi/32 km (45 minutes) NPS Photo Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road Road Conditions Closed. A Park Ranger Suggests… If you’re visiting Yosemite for a half day: • Walk around one of Yosemite Valley’s meadows. • View the park’s award-winning film, Spirit of Yosemite, at Yosemite Theater in Yosemite Village. • Stop at Tunnel View, El Capitan Meadow, and Valley View for iconic scenic viewpoints. If you’re visiting Yosemite for a full day: • Attend a photo walk, or join a ranger program (see page 8). • Consider a scenic hike to Cook’s Meadow, Mirror Lake, or Vernal Fall. The Glacier Point Road is closed in winter. During that time, access to the area is only via cross-country skis. All overnight stays in the area require a wilderness permit. Road Conditions Road is open only to Badger Pass Ski Area when ski area is operating. Photo by Christine W Loberg Directions From Yosemite Valley, take Wawona Road (Hwy 41) to Badger Pass Road Junction. Road Conditions Badger Pass Road is open only to the ski area, often with winter tire chain restrictions. Badger Pass Shuttle (Free) Yosemite Valley to Badger Pass: Curry Village: 8:05am, 10:35am Yosemite Village (near the Yosemite Garage): 8:10am, 10:40am The Ahwahnee: 8:15am, 10:45am Stop closed through March 3 Yosemite Valley Lodge: 8:30am, 11am NPS Photo Crane Flat and Tuolumne Grove See sequoia groves north of Yosemite Valley that are smaller than the more-famous Mariposa Grove, but typically quieter and require a hike to access them. Park at the Tuolumne Grove parking area located on Tioga Road, and walk or snowshoe one steep mile down to the grove. Or, park at Merced Grove trailhead and walk or snowshoe two steep miles down to the grove. Remember, the walk down is easier than the walk up. Bring water. Snowshoes recommended in winter (depending on conditions). • Visit a sequoia grove at Mariposa Grove, Tuolumne Grove, or Merced Grove. Snowshoes recommended (depending on conditions). If you’re visiting Yosemite for two or more days: • Go downhill or cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Badger Pass. • Visit the Yosemite History Center in Wawona. • Take a Yosemite Valley Floor Tour (see page 9). • See Hetch Hetchy, an area once described as Yosemite Valley’s twin. Do you have kids? • Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet and complete the activities to earn a junior ranger badge! Distance from Yosemite Valley: 16 mi/26 km (30 minutes) Directions From Yosemite Valley, take Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) to Tioga Road Junction at Crane Flat. Road Conditions Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120 W) remains open year-round, with winter tire chain restrictions. Yosemite National Park A Park Guide for Ages 4 to 12 Badger Pass to Yosemite Valley: Badger Pass: 2pm, 4:30 pm Illustration by Tom Whitworth Yosemite Guide February 1, 2023 - March 28, 2023 3 Services NPS Photo Hospitality Service Hours YOSEMITE VALLEY FOOD & BEVERAGE YOSEMITE VILLAGE Meadow Grill Closed Pizza Deck Closed Pizza available from the Pavilion during dinner service only NPS Photo Shutterstock Photo TOURS AND ACTIVITIES BOOKS, GIFTS, APPAREL, & GROCERIES YOSEMITE VILLAGE WAWONA Tour and Activity Desk Closed YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Wawona Store & Pioneer Gift Shop 8am to 7pm 8am to 8pm (Starting March 17) YOSEMITE VILLAGE Tour and Activity Desk 7:30am to 3pm (Front Desk offers tour booking services after 3 pm) Village Grill Closed The Ansel Adams Gallery 10am to 3pm, may close for lunch Yosemite Valley Lodge Pool Closed Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore at Wawona Visitor Center Closed THE AHWAHNEE Yosemite Valley Visitor Center 9am to 5pm Bike Rentals Closed Pine Tree Market 8am to 8pm Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore at Yosemite Valley Visitor Center 9am to 5pm CURRY VILLAGE Degnan’s Kitchen Breakfast 7am to 11am Lunch 11:30am to 6pm Closed through March 3 Dining Coffee Bar: 6:30am to 10:30am Breakfast: 6:30am to 10:30am Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm Dinner: 5:30pm to 9pm Sunday Brunch: 7am to 3pm Appropriate attire respectfully required for dinner. Reservations strongly recommended for dinner and Sunday Brunch. 209/372-1489 or visit www. The Ahwahnee Bar 11:30am to 10pm Sweet Shop 7am to 10pm YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Base Camp Eatery Breakfast: 6:30am to 10:45am Lunch/Dinner: 11am to 8pm Mountain Room Lounge Monday - Friday: 4:30pm to 10pm Saturday - Sunday: 12pm to 10pm Mountain Room Restaurant Dinner: 5pm to 9pm, last seating at 8:30pm Reservations recommended: CURRY VILLAGE Peet’s Coffee Corner 6:30am to 11am Seven Tents Pavilion Breakfast: 7am to 10am Dinner: 5:30pm to 8:30pm Curry Village Bar 1899 11:30am to 9pm 4 BOOKS, GIFTS, APPAREL, & GROCERIES Yosemite Museum 10am to 12am and 1pm to 4pm (may be closed due to limited staffng) Yosemite Conservancy Depot at Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza Closed for the season Mountaineering School Limited hours for custom hikes and climbs. Nordic operations at Badger Pass. POST OFFICE Bike Rentals Closed Wilderness Center Closed SHOWERS AND LAUNDRY Village Store Closed through February 2 HOUSEKEEPING CAMP THE AHWAHNEE Closed through March 3 Gift Shop 9am to 7pm YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Laundry Closed Showers Closed Mountain Shop 8:30am to 6:30pm WAWONA Experience Your America Yosemite National Park TOURS AND ACTIVITIES Tennis Courts Closed through March 16 FOOD & BEVERAGE Yosemite Valley Lodge Post Offce Monday - Friday: 12:30pm to 2:45pm Wawona Service Station 9am to 6pm, Diesel & propane available. Pay at the pump 24 hours with credit or debit card. Showers Open 24 hours CURRY VILLAGE Yosemite Village Main Offce Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 5pm Saturday: 10am to noon GAS STATION Golf Course & Disc Golf Closed Gift/Grocery 8am to 8pm POST OFFICES Wawona Post Offce Monday - Friday: 9am to 1pm Saturday: 9am to noon CURRY VILLAGE WAWONA & MARIPOSA GROVE Gift/Grocery 8am to 8pm MARIPOSA GROVE Tour and Activity Desk Closed Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore at Yosemite Museum 10am to 4pm, closed for lunch 8am to 8pm 8am to 9pm (Starting March 17) Wawona Visitor Center Closed Wawona Hotel Dining Room Closed through March 16 8am - Dusk CRANE FLAT & BIG OAK FLAT GAS STATION Crane Flat Service Station Store is closed. Pay at the pump 24 hours with credit or debit card. Breakfast: 7am to 10am Lunch: 11:00am to 3pm Dinner: 5pm to 9pm Lounge Service: 5pm to 9:30pm BOOKS, GIFTS, & APPAREL Golf Shop & Snack Stand Closed Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore at Big Oak Flat Information Station Closed for season NPS Photo FOOD & BEVERAGE EL PORTAL Religious Services BADGER PASS Conditions permitting FOOD & BEVERAGE YOSEMITE COMMUNITY CHURCH Skiers Grill (downstairs) 8:30am to 4 pm El Portal Market 9am to 7pm GAS STATION Snowflake Room (upstairs) Thursday - Sunday, plus holidays 12pm to 4 pm El Portal Service Station 8am to 5pm. Pay at the pump 24 hours with credit or debit card. BOOKS, GIFTS, APPAREL, & GROCERIES Lift Operation: 9am to 4pm Lift Tickets: 8:30am to 4pm Ski School Desk: 8:30am to 4pm Tubing: 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm Nordic Shop Rentals: 8:30am to 4:30pm Alpine Rentals: 8:30am to 4:30pm 9:15am (year-round) 11am (Memorial Day through Labor Day only) Service Organizations Ice Skating ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS CURRY VILLAGE 12pm to 2:30pm, 3:30pm to 6pm, and 7pm to 9:30pm Yosemite Valley Chapel Tuesday: 6:30pm Oakhurst Hotline: 559/683-1662 Weekends and Holidays additional session 8:30am to 11am The following campgrounds are open: Wawona, Upper Pines (reservation required year-round), Camp 4 (tents only, no RVs or trailers), and Hodgdon Meadow. All other campgrounds are currently closed. All campgrounds will require a reservation in February. Sleeping inside a vehicle is only allowed in campsites. You may not park your car or RV in a parking lot or along the side of the road and sleep overnight. Campground Reservations (recommended) 877/444-6777 YOSEMITE VILLAGE MAP To Ahwahnee Hotel Valley Wilderness Center Administration Building 10 Post O˜ce 5 Medical Clinic Degnan’s Kitchen & The Loft at Degnan’s 10 Lodging Reservations 888/413-8869 Shuttle Stop #5 10 To Yosemite Falls Shuttle Stop #4 15 Northside D rive # Camping in winter is limited. Some campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required for Upper Pines. To check a campground’s status, call 209/372-0266. The Ansel Adams Gallery Yosemite Cemetery Girls Club Camping & Lodging: How to Spend the Night in Yosemite Call Center Hours 7am to 9pm Pacific Time Visitor Center and Theater Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore Museum Store Sunday Services in the Yosemite Chapel Sport Shop 9am to 4pm Conditions permitting Yosemite Museum & Indian Cultural Exhibit Pastor Brent Moore, Resident Minister 209/372-4831 BADGER PASS Conditions permitting BADGER PASS SKI AREA Photo by Sheree Peshlakai Check the website or phone number above for reservations at each of the following: Village Store • The Ahwahnee (Closed through March 3) • Yosemite Valley Lodge • Wawona Hotel (Opens March 17) • Curry Village 5 Shuttle Stop #2 Hiking & Biking Trail Approx. Walking Time (minutes) 5 P Roadway To Curry Village Authorized Vehicles (shuttles) 25 Sentinel Crossover P Shuttle Stop #1 Yosemite Guide February 1, 2023 - March 28, 2023 5 Yosemite Valley Shuttle System Yosemite Valley Sh Valleywide Shuttle East Valley Shuttle Y Vall Shutterstock Photo The FREE Yosemite Valley shuttles operate from 7am to 10pm daily and El Capitan serve stops in numerical order. The 8 Valleywide Shuttle services ALL stops; the East Valley Shuttle services only M er selected stops. The Valleywide Shuttle ced Ri v er 9 10 runs approximately every 22 to 32 minutes with a total round trip time of Parking Trailhead approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Bathroom Bicycle Rentals Electric Car Charging Station Campground Information Lodging Wilderness Permits Food Service Exhibits Groceries approximately 50 minutes. Expect Theater Book & Souvenir Shop delays during busy periods. See Picnic Area ATM schedules posted at shuttle stops for Picnic Area Post Offce The East Valley Shuttle runs approximately every 18 to 22 minutes with a total round trip time of Seasonal Accessible Spots Available more information. 8 9 7 6 North 0 5 Valleywide Shuttle (one way) 10 0 3 4 11 Shuttle Stops Yosemite Village Parking Parking area flls early. Once you fnd a spot, keep it, and use the free shuttle. Dining, shopping, and information are only a 5-10 minute walk from here. Degnan’s Kitchen – Dining, Gift and Grocery, Post Offce, – Less than 5-minute Walk: Visitor Center, Theater, Museum Yosemite Valley Lodge/Yosemite Falls Parking – Dining, Gift and Grocery, Trailhead Four Mile Trail – Trailhead – Less than a 5-minute walk: Restrooms, Parking, Scenic View El Capitan Picnic Area Valley Visitor Center & Museum Village Store – Dining, Gift and Grocery – Less than a 5-minute Walk: Post Offce, Visitor Center, Theater, Museum – Visitor Center, Theater, Museum – Less than 5-minute Walk: Post Offce, Dining, Gift and Grocery – Scenic View Housekeeping Camp/Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center – Facilities closed El Capitan Meadow – Scenic View Curry Village (eastbound) Lower Yosemite Fall The Ahwahnee – Trailhead, Picnic Area, Scenic View – Lodging, Dining, Gift Shop – Lodging, Dining, Gift and Grocery, Amphitheater, Showers Cathedral Beach – Scenic View NPS Photo 6 NPS Photo Experience Your America Yosemite National Park NPS Photo 0. NPS Photo huttle System Yosemite Village Lower Yosemite Fall Yosemite Falls Trail 5 The Ahwahnee 4 3 2 6 Yosemite ley Lodge Mirror Lake Closed for rehabilitation through March 3, 2023. 1 7 Housekeeping 12 Camp 19 14 15 Curry Village 11 17 18 16 Four Mile Trail (closed in winter) Happy Isles/ Mist Trail Stops in bold are serviced by the Valleywide Shuttle only 1 Yosemite Village Parking 2 Village Store 9 El Capitan Meadow 10 Cathedral Beach RENTAL .5 Kilometer 0.5 Mile 3 The Ahwahnee 11 Four Mile Trail 4 Degnan’s Kitchen 5 Valley Visitor Center & Museum 12 Housekeeping Camp/ Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center 6 Lower Yosemite Fall 7 Yosemite Valley Lodge/ Yosemite Falls Parking 8 RENTAL 14 Curry Village (eastbound) RENTAL 15 Upper Pines Campground 16 Happy Isles/Mist Trail RENTAL 17 Mirror Lake El Capitan Picnic Area 2 18 Lower Pines Campground 1 19 East Valley Shuttle (one way) 12 18 17 19 Curry Village (westbound) RENTAL 14 15 16 YARTS Upper Pines Campground Lower Pines Campground – Campground – Less than a 5-minute walk: Trailhead Parking, Trailhead – Campground (closed), Amphitheater Curry Village (westbound) Happy Isles/Mist Trail – Lodging, Dining, Gift and Grocery, Amphitheater, Showers – Trailhead Mirror Lake – Trailhead Travel Recommendations The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is a public transit system that provides service into Yosemite National Park. Their buses are air-conditioned, bike friendly, wheelchair accessible, and equipped for rider comfort. Save gas, save time, save money, by taking YARTS! For more information and schedules, visit their website at or call them at 877/989-2787. Bring plenty of food and water for potential delays and stop and use restrooms when available. Park your vehicle for the duration of your stay. Driving from site to site increases traffc congestion and can cause frustration for you and your passengers. Ride the free shuttle buses to enjoy Yosemite Valley most easily once parked. Arrive early and stay late, and visit Yosemite during the week. Enjoy the entire Yosemite region—consider visiting gateway communities such as Mariposa, Groveland, Lee Vining, and Oakhurst. Ride a YARTS bus to enter the park. Photo by McKenna McFarland Photo by Sheree Peshlakai Photo by Sheree Peshlakai Yosemite Guide February 1, 2023 - March 28, 2023 7 Events and Programs NPS Photo TIME NPS Photo Shutterstock Photo PROGRAMS DURATION EXCEPTIONS LOCATION Shutterstock Photo SU 8:00am Day Hike: Dewey Point Snowshoe Reservations required. Register at $ (YC) 8 hrs March 4 only Badger Pass 8:30am Birding in Yosemite Valley Reservations required. Register at $ (YC) 2 hrs Begins March 13 Yosemite Valley 9:00am Day Hike: Winter Wonder in Mariposa Grove Reservations required. Register at $ (YC) 6 hrs Feb 18 only Mariposa Grove 9:00am In the Field: Creative Smartphone Photography Space is limited, reserve in advance at or by calling 209/372-4413. $ (TAAG) 3 hrs Yosemite Valley 10:00am Snowshoe Walk: Explore the Forest in winter (conditions permitting) Space is limited, based on snowshoe availability. Meet at Badger Pass Ranger Station for a naturalist led tour of winter landscape. Snowshoes provided. Bring warm clothing. Expect a moderately-strenuous experience. Not recommended for children under 10 years old. Call 209/379-1899 24 hours in advance for additional information and program status. (NPS) 2 hrs Badger Pass X 11:00am Reception for Earth is Home: Photographs by Kerik Kouklis Artist Kerik Kouklis will be at a reception for his show on March 19 at The Ansel Adams Gallery. (TAAG) 2 hrs March 19 only Yosemite Valley X 1:00pm Birding and Wildlife Walk Reservations required. Register at $ (YC) 2 hrs Begins March 13 Yosemite Valley 1:00pm In the Field: Creative Smartphone Photography Space is limited, reserve in advance at or by calling 209/372-4413. $ (TAAG) 3 hrs Yosemite Valley 1:00pm In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams Space is limited, reserve in advance at or by calling 209/372-4413. $ (TAAG) 4 hrs Yosemite Valley 1:00pm Ansel Adams’s Legacy and Your Digital Camera Space is limited, reserve in advance at or by calling 209/372-4413. $ (TAAG) 4 hrs Yosemite Valley 2:00pm Family Ranger Talk Meet in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (NPS) 15 mins Yosemite Valley 5:00pm Sunset Walk Reservations required. Register at adventures. $ (YC) 2 hrs March 17, 18, 23, and 25 only Yosemite Valley 8:00pm Explore Yosemite’s Night Sky Reservations required. Register at $ (YC) 2 hrs March 17, 18, 23, and 25 only Yosemite Valley Programs especially for children and their families. X Programs are offered on marked days NPS National Park Service YC Yosemite Conservancy PROGRAMS ACCESSIBILITY Indicates facilities accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Short, steep inclines may be encountered. Contact 209/379-5250 (v/txt) to request a sign language interpreter. Advanced notice of two weeks is requested, but not required. Assistive Listening Devices are available upon advanced request for any public program. Inquire at any visitor center or tour desk. 8 YH Yosemite Hospitality SC Sierra Club M TU W TH F SA X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X TAAG The Ansel Adams Gallery $ Programs with a fee Rehabilitation of The Ahwahnee After more than 95 years in service as one of our national parks’ most iconic lodges, The Ahwahnee is continuing a multi-phase comprehensive rehabilitation plan to preserve and protect the hotel’s historic integrity while also bringing the building to code with modern fre and seismic safety standards. The Ahwahnee will be closed in January and February, reopening March 3, 2023. The Dining Room will remain closed through spring, therefore dining locations will vary within the facility during construction upon re-opening in March. Some of the major updates include: a nearly complete kitchen renovation, seismic structural improvements, and historic windows being replaced and restored. Due to the scope of work in the kitchen and dining room, a temporary kitchen space will be built on the West Terrace, and for a short time dinner will be served in the Great Lounge. During other parts of the project, there will be scaffolding and construction noise between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Go to or the park app to see the web events calendar for more program information. Program offerings and hours are subject to change. Shutterstock Photo NPS Photo NPS Photo Yosemite Valley (NPS) Ask a ranger your questions, become a Junior Ranger, explore exhibits, and find park resources at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, open from 9am to 5pm. Visit the Yosemite Valley Theater to watch The Spirit of Yosemite. The first showing is at 9:30am, and the last showing is at 4pm. Yosemite Museum features stories from Native tribes and is open from 10am to 4pm, closed for lunch. The museum may be closed on some days due to staffing levels. Yosemite Hospitality The Ansel Adams Gallery The Ansel Adams Gallery is open daily, 10am to 3pm and is located in Yosemite Village. The Gallery may close for lunch. Here you will experience a variety of fine arts, handcrafts, and a collection of Ansel Adams’ original photographs. They offer half-day or full-day photography classes and private guided tours led by a resident staff photographer. Classes leave from The Gallery and require reservations; call 209/372-4413 or visit • Exhibition: Jan 8 - Feb 25 Ansel Adams and The Eternal The Yosemite Mountaineering School offers winter activities from the Badger West: 60 Years of Photographs Pass Ski Area. Call 209/372-8344. • Exhibition: Feb 26 - April 22 Earth is Home: Photographs by In Yosemite Valley, reserve your spot on a Valley Floor Tour, offered daily at Kerik Kouklis 10am and 2pm. Visit or call 888/413-8869 to book your adventure. Yosemite Conservancy Join Yosemite Conservancy for a memorable experience in the park! Take an Outdoor Adventure or plan your own Custom Adventure with one of their naturalists. Advanced registration is required. Learn more and sign up at Visit to find the latest updates from their team, learn more about the organization, and browse their full program calendar. Sierra Club The Sierra Club’s Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (formerly LeConte Memorial Lodge) is closed for the winter season until May 2023. Wawona & Mariposa Grove Visit the Yosemite History Center and experience life in the early days of Yosemite National Park. Take a self-guided tour of the area. While the Mariposa Grove Road is closed to cars in the winter, (until mid- to late March), the road is open to hikers, snowshoers, and skiers, and all trails in the grove remain open for crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing. NPS Photo Hetch Hetchy, Hodgdon Meadow, & Crane Flat The Big Oak Flat Information Station (including the bookstore) is closed for the season. Self-registration wilderness permits for the Crane Flat area and Tioga Road trailheads are only available on the front porch of the information station. Selfregistration wilderness permits for the Hetch Hetchy trailheads are only available at the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station kiosk daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Please come prepared with your own bear canister. GET THE OFFICIAL NPS APP NOW! Glacier Point The Glacier Point Road is closed. When the road is snow-covered and conditions permit, a system of cross-country ski tracks are maintained on it. Downhill and Nordic activities take place only after the Badger Pass Ski Area opens for the season. Self-registration wilderness permits for the Glacier Point Road trailheads only are available at the Badger Pass A-Frame, conditions permitting. Tuolumne Meadows Search “National Park Service” in the app stores or use the QR code. The Tioga Road closes for winter after the frst big snowfall. In winter, Tuolumne Meadows is only accessible by overnight cross-country ski trips. Self-registration wilderness permits available at the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center and/or the Big Oak Flat Informa

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