Thursday, November 19, 2015

Yosemite National Park and Snow!


Some of the roads to Yosemite National Park get snowed shut in the winter, sometimes you have to have chains, and sometimes you’re lucky to squeeze in between the restrictions. There is a phone number you can call regarding the road conditions. Highway 120 was open without restrictions to the Yosemite Valley so we made it in today. Three roads were closed, one had chain restrictions, and two others were open. Doesn’t leave a whole lot of traveling around. We went to Yosemite Valley, which is where the visitor center and stores are. It’s set up something like the Grand Canyon, where you can take shuttle buses around instead of driving your car in the immediate area. There was snow on part of the road in, and also in some of the valley.

Yosemite NP turned 125 years old this year. It covers an area of 747,956 acres. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year and most spend the majority of their time in the seven square miles of Yosemite Valley. I thought Yosemite was the most visited national park, but when I looked it up, I found out that Great Smoky Mountains was the most visited at 9.4 million, Grand Canyon was second at 4.6 million visitors and Yosemite was third at 3.8 million. I found a statistics page for the park which I thought was interesting; it shows the amount of search and rescue, accidents, etc.


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There was a fire in 2013
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There's 3 tunnels, this is the lowest one
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Half Dome
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El Capitan
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We used Moccasin Point Campground as our base, and not drive the road in with the motorhome. There are some steep and twisty roads.

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Click here for more pictures of Yosemite and the roads we took there and back to our campground.

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