Yosemite National Park Travel Questions & Comments

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Ken Burns Wall Map 
How can I order a copy of the Ken Burns wall map of the National Parks? I want the National Parks, only - not the National Monuments. See Kathy's …

Visitor's Guide 
My family is planning a trip to California in December. I have no idea if the park is even open at this time of year! Where can I possibly get a visitor's …

Fly Fishing In Yosemite National Park 
Hello, my name is Shaunna and my husband and I are coming to Yosemite for a trip in October before my husband deploys to Afghanistan in November. …

New Yosemite Book 
Dear Kathy, Greetings from a fellow writer and Yosemite lover. I'm also the author of a new book, "Yosemite Epics: Tales of Adventure from …

Rafting With A 4 Year Old 
Hi. We are vacationing in Yosemite this year and would very much like to float the river. Our daughter is 32 lbs. My question to you is if I …

Permits to climb Half Dome 
Photo By Shawn R Davis I waited until the absolute second to click on obtaining 2 permits to climb Half Dome, the exact time, and still …

Yosemite visit in March 2011 
Hi, I came across this website of yours while searching for information. Excellent information of Yosemite valley. We are a group of 4 and are planning …

Entering Yosemite Park The Middle Of April 
We are hoping to spend a day in Yosemite Park the middle of April and just discovered there are many closed roads that time of year. What is the best …

Could you list us (Zephyr Whitewater) 
Hi, came across your site, and was wondering if you would be interested in listing us for whitewater rafting. We are the largest rafting outfitter in …

Yosemite Valley 
Hi Kathy, Love your site. My first experience in Yosemite was camping in 1957 with our 9 month old daughter. My inlaws camped there every August …

Yosemite Weather In Mid June 
We are clibing half dome and staying two nights in Little Yosemite Valley Campground in mid June. What kind of weather should we expect. We are tracking …

May 15-20 Yosemite Backcountry Honeymoon? 
Photo By MumbleyJoe My fiance and I are big back packers and intermediate climbers. Mid-May sounds like a great time to visit Yosemite. We would …

Waterfalls 
Hi, We're planning on taking our first trip to Yosemite. Is it possible to bike ride from one of the hotels to see one of the taller waterfalls? Or do …

Horse Trails 
Can I trailer in my own horse and use the trails in Yosemite National Park?

View From The Top Of Yosemite Falls 
Can you see Nevada from the top of Yosemite Falls?

Factual errors 
Hi, I just discovered your site and was perusing several screens and noticed a number of errors. I'll only talk about the Big Trees now; if you respond …

History Of Glacier Point Hotel Or Lodge 
I loved looking at your website and was very interested to learn that you knew something about a hotel or lodge that used to be up on Glacier Point. …

Wedding Event At The Ahwahnee Hotel 
Is it possible to have a wedding at the Ahwahnee Hotel?

Thanks 
This is a great site, very helpful! Unfortunately I had already made plans and reservations when I found this site, as I will be only spending one day …

Pets 
Are pets allowed in Yosemite National Park?

COULD YOU SENT A INFO IN THE MAIL ON YOSEMITE GUIDE BOOK 
COULD YOU SENT ME SOME INFO IN THE MAIL ON YOSEMITE GUIDE BOOK AND A MAP THANKS FOR YOUR TIME

Vernal Falls panoramic 
After some careful maneuvering, I was able to snap off 20 or so pics to get this nice shot of Vernal Falls. Easily the best panoramic of the day.

Yosemite Valley at night 
I've always wanted to get a panoramic view of the Yosemite Valley from a top Glacier Point , & finally got my chance this previous weekend. It was …

Was the lost hiker found near Yosemite Falls? 
We left the lodge at the falls on Saturday, July 17, 2010. On Friday evening, July 16, there was a lost hiker on his way to the falls, but he got off …

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Cathedral Lakes Hike July 2010 
Has anyone hiked from Tuolumne Meadows on the Cathedral Lakes entrance to Sunset Lakes and over to Clouds Rest lately? I have a permit for 7-11-10 and …

Bobcat At Yosemite Falls 
Here is a short video of a clip of a bobcat at Yosemite Falls. Also beautiful views of water in Yosemite. I didn't shoot this, but ran across it and thought …

The unplanned trip to Glacier Point 
I don't know why but we hadn't planned on going to Glacier Point. We were at Yosemite for 5 days and on the third day we saw that it was only about an …

Can We Float The Merced River Yet? 
I see that the water levels have been really high in Yosemite National Park. Is it safe to float the Merced River yet? Dear Mike, Park officials …

Rockslide Details? 
I've been studying the old stage coach roads into Yosemite Valley and would like to be able to date each of the rockslides which took out multiple sections …

Fishing In Yosemite 
Are there places in Yosemite to buy or rent fishing gear including fishing licences?

10 Of The Worlds Top Experiences For Thrill Seekers 
Photo by Brian Z The Travel Guide The Lonely Planet just came out with 10 of the worlds top experiences for thrill seekers. Yosemite National Park …

Backpacker who can't 
I'm a backpacker with a problem knee arriving in Yosemite in mid-May (May 19-23) and looking for a decent camping experience given I can't backpack and …

2 Day Tour Advice 
You have a really good site. It made me feel excited about Yosemite. My family: hubby, myself, and 2 boys: 11 and 13 years old will be coming to California …

Are Guns Allowed in Yosemite? 
Hello: Thank you for such a great information source on Yosemite! My wife and I are planning a trip out west in an RV for the first time. I …

Bad experience with the Alder lodge Not rated yet
Nevada Falls In Yosemite National Park In staying at the Alder Lodge in Yosemite. It was very disappointing. The room was not that clean. …

Street View Of Yosemite National Park Not rated yet
I found this Google Street view of Yosemite National Park. See Street View Of Yosemite See Kathy's Reply: Thanks so much for sharing …

Floating Not rated yet
How long will the Merced River be open for this summer? Thank you See Kathy's Reply: Hi Jennifer, the floating in Yosemite National Park on …

Half Dome book review Not rated yet
Hi, I read your recent review of my book: "One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome - 2nd edition," and found it fair and balanced. You actually …

Thank you! Not rated yet
Every time I look at a website like yours, where it is evident that you have spent countless painstaking hours putting everything together for the benefit …

Nothing is Better Than Being There! Not rated yet
I was born and raised in California and my family traveled quite a bit when I was young, visiting family in Illinois and Massachusetts at various times. …

Frazil Ice Not rated yet
Is frazil ice occuring right now? Kathy's Reply: There is no frazil ice right now (March 21st, 2012) in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite has …

Tire chain Rentals? Not rated yet
I am going to Yosemite National Park for the first time in February and I was reading that I need tire chains. I thought my rental car company would provide …

Half Dome Not rated yet
Hi, Who are are you? Nice site. If you'd like to embellish your Half Dome entry, feel free to link to my website/blog. I wrote the book on hiking …

Solo Rock Climbing In Yosemite National Park Not rated yet
I saw this on the tv show 60 minutes and thought it would be a great addition to your site! Here is a guy who rock climbs in Yosemite National …

GORP Maps Not rated yet
Hi Kathy, Great site you have here. The content's great and you provide a valuable service. We noticed you are using a few of our maps from GORP.com. …

Yosemite Falls And Yosemite Creek Not rated yet
June 9, 2011, Day Trip. I live in Sacramento, CA, so a day trip is easy enough - 2 in June and I'm going again. Falls as full as I've ever seen them. Not …

Bad Year For Poison Oak Not rated yet
The cool valley breezes swept through my hair and the buzzards lazily rode a thermal over our heads. Idyllic. Looking down though my eyes bulged at the …

Traveling From The Bay Area Not rated yet
Hi There, We are traveling from the San Fransisco Bay area and we rented a cabin in Midpines, California. If we want to go first to Mariposa …

Yosemite Falls In 2011 Not rated yet
Yosemite and its waterfalls is really beautiful this year! The waterfalls are running at full force even though it is late summer. If you can't make it …

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Yosemite Valley The Day After The Tragedy  Not rated yet
We arrived in Yosemite Valley just around 8:30 AM on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011. We had heard nothing of the tragedies that had taken place in the 24 hours …

Tuolumne Meadows Not rated yet
Is it open are the roads open to get there? See Kathy's Reply: Yes, the road to Tuolumne Meadows is open! It opened June 18th, 2011. The road …

Half Dome permits, 3 for August 18 Not rated yet
We would like 3 Half Dome permits for August 18, 2011. We can trade our 3 permits which are good for August 17, 2011 or work out whatever is good. Please …

Where Can I Purchase The Music Not rated yet
I visited the Photos link on your website and clicked the smilebox link to view your Yosemite National Park slideshow. Do you know where or how I can get …

Looking For Guided Winter Treks Not rated yet
Hi there, I'm a 31 year old Australian, travelling alone, and will be in the US (california) from 10th - 20th of December 2011. I and am wanting to …

Yosemite National Park Is Beautiful Not rated yet
This was our first visit to Yosemite National Park and it did not disappoint! They say this year has more water than usual, I don't know since I have nothing …

September Visit Not rated yet
Glacier Point In The Fall My husband and I have made reservations for the end of September 2011. Will we miss all of the waterfalls? …

Glacier Point Not rated yet
Do you think Glacier Point will be open May 30th, 2011? Kay See Kathy's Reply: Hi Kay, They usually start clearing Glacier Point Road the …

Road Conditons And Directions Not rated yet
What is the shortest way to get to Yosemite National Park from South Lake Tahoe on the 23rd of April? Do you know what roads will be open then? See …

Work In Yosemite National Park Not rated yet
How do we look for jobs in Yosemite National Park? I am in Riverbank and I was wondering what site would help me look for work up there. …

Yosemites Glacier Point Not rated yet
We are coming in May 29-31, 2011. Can you tell me what roads will be opened and will we be able to go to Glacier Point? Kay See Kathy's Reply: …

Frazil Ice In Yosemite National Park Not rated yet
Photo By Mengxu The video showing frazil ice indicated that the best times to see it is during March and April. I live in Michigan and …

Horseback Riding 2010 Not rated yet
When does horseback riding in the Park generally begin? Cliff Hi Cliff, The trails are currently closed because there is still snow on the …

National Park Free Weekend! Not rated yet
To celebrate National Park week, you can get into any national park for free. Thats right, the week of April 17-25, 2010 the entrance fee is waved. Depending …

Snow expected...do I need cables on all four tires? Not rated yet
I'm heading to Yosemite this Thursday and snowfalls are expected Tues - Thurs. I drive a 2005 Tahoe with rear wheel drive. I have a set of cables for …

mosquitos or mud Not rated yet
We want to visit in June or July. We want to avoid muddy trails and snow, but also want to avoid mosquitos. Any advice? Hello future visitor …

Who Visits Yosemite? Not rated yet
Just wondering who visits Yosemite! Any idea where people come from who visit this National Park? Are visitors mainly from the United States, Europe, and …

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