Yosemite National Park Local Customs

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  • 1. Yosemite History

    Inspired by the scenic beauty of Yosemite and spurred on by the specter of private exploitation of Yosemite's natural wonders, conservationists appealed to Senator John Conness of California. On June...

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  • 2. the history of feeding bears in Yosemite

    There is a misconception that black bears are relatively harmless, at least compared to grizzlies but this is assuredly not the case. This probably stems from...

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  • 3. The Legend of El Capitan

    The Yosemite Indians did not have a written language, so through the ages orally passed down stories to explain the world around them. Here is another legend...

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  • 4. The Legend of Half Dome and Basket Dome

    Early Yosemite Indians attempted to explain its geologic wonders by weaving beguiling legends about them. By word of mouth, they handed down these stories...

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  • 5. Don't Walk Through The Meadows...

    Alpine habitats are sensitive due to their short growing season, and one that's in the dry climate of California is especially in danger of permanent...

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  • 6. Please Don't Trash Yosemite!

    California, and Yosemite in particular are very concerned with containing trash, and so visitors will find distributed throughout the park special containers...

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  • 7. "Must Do" list- By region

    According to the guidebook, "The complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park" here are some "must sees" by region:Yosemite Valley*The view of Valley from...

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  • 8. Respect the land, animals, and rules

    I've camped in Yosemite 9 times now (but who's keeping count here). Almost every individual, resident or visiting, that I've encountered within the park, take...

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  • 9. A wedding from Ireland to Yosemite

    From Ireland to a Dance in Yosemite Today is what every father and daughter dream about.Snow falls gently to the earth and we ask each other for a dance.A...

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  • 10. Squirrels

    Squirrels are everywhere around Yosemite Valley, everywhere. They are cute and shy and sometimes really brave when they see you having a picnic lunch somewhere....

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  • 11. That's a lot of trees

    Mariposa Grove contains one of the world's largest sequoia groves. These tall trees grow best in the unique climate present in the area. There are about 500...

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  • 12. Grizzly Giant

    Grizzly Giant is the largest tree in the grove, and the oldest. It is about 200 feet high, which is actually shorter than some of the neighboring trees, and...

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  • 13. Fires in Yosemite

    During the summer, fires often start in the forest areas, either due to the dry conditions or lightning. While many of the California wildfires are considered a...

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  • 14. Perhaps you'll even take up rock climbing

    After watching the climbers for a while, perhaps you'll be intrigued enough by the sport to learn to climb! There are mountaineering and climbing courses tought...

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  • 15. Watch for rock climbers

    Yosemite is home to some of the most famous of big rocks for climbing: Half Dome and El Capitain (El Cap). You'll want to bring your binoculars with you, as...

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  • 16. Hiking Yosemite

    With grand views all around and plenty of trails of all difficulty levels, Yosemite National Park is a fantastic place for a hike. Trails are usually clearly...

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  • 17. Native legends

    The Miwok Indians were the original inhabitants of Yosemite and there are many myths and legends associated with their culture. Obviously, they have good reason...

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  • 18. Yosemite Sam - We didn't see him! :-)

    First appearing in the Bugs Bunny animated short "Hare Trigger" in 1945, Yosemite Sam won an Oscar, along with Bugs Bunny, for Friz Freleng's short "Knighty...

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  • 19. Ferocious Wildlife

    Lots and lots of bears in Yosemite--over 500 black bears call the hills and valleys of Yosemite home. However, the most ferocious animal that we saw was the...

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  • 20. Mind Your Step

    Yosemite is among the most rugged of national parks. It has withstood the ravages of eons of glaciers, milenia of forest fires. Yet it is also a fragile...

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  • 21. DO NOT feed the animals!

    Many of Yosemite's animals (unfortunately) are quite used to being around people and therefore will come closer than most people will expect. Please do not try...

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  • 22. Yosemite...Now!!!

    Visitation exceeded one million in 1954 for the first time, and by 1976 over two million people visited Yosemite. In the mid-1990s, visitation topped four...

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  • 23. Slang Terms

    There are a couple terms you might overhear a bus driver or employee in Yosemite Valley use. Those are "El Cap" and "Down the hill." If you hear someone talking...

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  • 24. Walking up to the top of the Yosemite Falls

    At this time of the year (fall) there isn't much rain, so the falls are pretty calm, but come the end of winter and the beginning of spring, the falls are...

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