Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is known for its waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, wilderness, & more.
Who else uses our trails? Keep your eyes open for hints of some of the animals that call this park home, and you'll find a landscape full of busy comings and goings. We often find dusty footprints, scat, or other evidence of wildlife on quiet backcountry trails in this season. Plus, once winter comes and we get a dusting of snow it becomes even easier to find signs telling the stories of other creatures who share this park with us.
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Crisp cold nights and the relatively warm temperatures of the water create a haunting and beautiful dance of fog over Tenaya Lake in the mornings. There is currently no overnight parking along Tioga Road, but if you get up early you may have this view all to yourself.
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I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. –John Muir
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Happy GIS Day from Yosemite!
Mapping is an essential part of preserving the natural and cultural resources of our park. Many employees and partners use a set of mapping technologies that contribute to something called a Geographic Information System (GIS).
GIS allows rangers, park scientists, and other park staff from nearly every division to collect, analyze, manage, and display spatial information about resources in the park, and associate other data with those resources in order to study, protect, or improve them.
Special software allows users to view this data, and other tools like Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment is used to gather spatial information.
Interns are shown here capturing field data that will be used to maintain information in a park-wide database.
You can learn more about GIS in Yosemite on our website under "Learn About the Park > Nature > Natural Features and Ecosystems > Geography and GIS." #Yosemite #NationalPark #GIS #GISDay
"The River," corrected the Rat.
"And you really live by the river? What a jolly life!"
"By it and with it and on it and in it," said the Rat. "It's brother and sister to me, and aunts, and company, and food and drink, and (naturally) washing. It's my world, and I don't want any other. What it hasn't got is not worth having, and what it doesn't know is not worth knowing. Lord! the times we've had together!" — Kenneth Grahame, “The Wind in the Willows”
Photo: The Merced River in Yosemite Valley
In 1866, Congress created six segregated regiments which were then consolidated into four black regiments: the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry. These African-American army regiments got the name “Buffalo Soldiers” from the Cheyenne and other Plains Indians who saw a resemblance between their dark, curly hair and the matted cushion between the horns of the buffalo.
Approximately 500 Buffalo Soldiers served in Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park. They protected the parks by evicting poachers and timber thieves, patrolling the wilderness, and extinguishing forest fires. “A Buffalo Soldiers Speaks” is a podcast series from 2013 featuring National Park Service Ranger Shelton Johnson as Sergeant Elizy Boman, Troop “K,” Ninth Cavalry, who served in Yosemite National Park in 1903 and 1904. These podcasts explore what Elizy Boman might have been feeling or thinking after one of those long, arduous, but inspiring patrols through the "Range of Light." Find the link in our bio.
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Today is #VeteransDay
and we want to say a special thank you to all the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. We are eternally grateful for your service, commitment, and sacrifice.
As we honor our country’s veterans, including those who currently serve as rangers in our national parks, we also look back at those veterans who have impacted Yosemite National Park. One such man was Gabriel Sovulewski.
Gabriel Sovulewski was born on August 12, 1866 in Suwalki, Poland. On November 19, 1888 (almost exactly 130 years ago) he enlisted in the U.S. Army and advanced to quartermaster sergeant. He was placed in charge of the General Grant National Park (later called Kings Canyon National Park) from 1891-1892 when the park was under military rule. A few years later he was in Yosemite with the U.S. Troops for three years. He served in the Philippines during the Spanish American War and then returned to Yosemite with the army and served as a packer and guide.
Gabriel was supervisor of Yosemite National Park from August 12, 1906 to March 4, 1916 when he became special ranger and acting superintendent. He served as general foreman from July 1, 1917 to April 30, 1920. On this date he was appointed park supervisor, the post he held until he retired on August 31, 1936.
Through the long years his devotion to his job and the service set a fine example to all who served under him. He would ride horseback many miles a day in order to keep his trail crews going to make trails safe and keep maintenance up to park standard.
Gabriel married Rose I. Rider in 1896 and they had seven children: Laurence, Robert, Joe, Tom, Grace, Mildred, and Gabriel.
Gabriel died November 29, 1938. Mr. and Mrs. Sovulewski are buried in the Yosemite Cemetery.
Top photo: Gabriel Sovulewski in his ranger uniform on the Four Mile Trail in Yosemite National Park
Bottom photo: U.S. soldiers, including Gabriel Sovulewski, at Camp A.E. Wood in Wawona in the 1890s.
Silky white seeds from the aptly named fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) line the trail and float through the air in this area that burned last year in the Empire fire. Can you imagine last spring when the fireweed was in full bloom, and each white tuft was a column of brilliant pink flowers as far as the eye can see? In fire-dependent ecosystems like the Sierra, a fire is a chance for forests to reset. After a fire, species that grow quickly in disturbed areas, like fireweed, get a chance to shine.
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What do you see? A man in a hurry stops mid-stride to look over his shoulder at a rabbit while a dog watches from a distance. Anyone else? These white patches of rock form when pieces of lichen-covered granite break away exposing the whiter rock beneath. Bonus points if you can name the prominent Yosemite feature with these rock scars.
Did you know there are beavers in Yosemite?
The first documented sighting of a North American beaver (Castor canadensis) in Yosemite was on February 3, 1948 at Big Creek near Wawona. These beavers were a result of the California Fish & Game repopulation effort. Beavers were released in Ackerson Meadow (which was outside Yosemite's borders at that time) in 1940 and in Fish Camp in 1944. Eventually they made their way to Wawona and then to Yosemite Valley.
When beavers are two years old they leave their colony and will often travel two river miles to establish new territories. They have traveled a far distance to end up in Yosemite Valley, but the beaver population here is very small and they are rarely seen by humans. Beavers prefer to eat the bark of smaller trees, like the cottonwood tree pictured, which is located near the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.
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The Valley draws a chilly autumn breath, and as it slowly exhales the landscape is transformed with golden hues and misty meadows. With views like these, the park is still very much a popular destination. When was the last time you saw Yosemite Valley in the fall?
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Yosemite National Park is as large as the state of Rhode Island, with a plethora of diverse features to explore over 800 miles of hiking trails and 214 miles of roads. Many visitors are only able to spend a few hours in the park on their way to somewhere else; consequentially, the question "what should I do in Yosemite?" is a very difficult one to answer.
Picture yourself behind the desk in the visitor center. How would you advise someone to spend their only hours in Yosemite?