Yosemite at 150

Yosemite at 150

Yosemite's anniversary: Looking back at 150 years of paradise

Concern about big crowds started in the 1860s shortly after Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act. The topic will surely come up again as Yosemite National Park celebrates the 150th anniversary of the act.

Yosemite at 150

How Yosemite National Park influences the Valley's economy

Yosemite National Park attracts about 4 million visitors every year, and those visitors arrive with money to spend. Yosemite is an important economic engine to nearby communities in its "gateway" region within 60 miles of the park. The National Park Service estimates Yosemite generated about $380 million in direct visitor spending at businesses inside and outside the park in 2012, the most recent year for which figures were available (in June 2014).

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Lots of melting snow unleashes roaring Yosemite waterfalls

Recent weather conditions and rising temperature have led to gushing waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. The waterfalls will peak sometime in May. Some of the seasonal falls will likely run until mid- to late summer, according to a park representative.
Linda S. Zhang Modesto Bee
Lots of melting snow unleashes roaring Yosemite waterfalls 1:37

Lots of melting snow unleashes roaring Yosemite waterfalls

How Yosemite National Park influences the Valley's economy 5:00

How Yosemite National Park influences the Valley's economy

Yosemite Valley: A unique place 2:51

Yosemite Valley: A unique place

Yosemite National Park: The tourist experience 2:44

Yosemite National Park: The tourist experience