Hetch Hetchy Valley was created thousands of years ago when glaciers descending California's Sierra Nevada left behind a spectacular setting of mountain meadows surrounded by towering granite cliffs and thundering waterfalls. In 1890, Hetch Hetchy was protected for all Americans as part of Yosemite National Park. Thirty three years later, however, the valley was flooded for use as a reservoir for San Francisco and other Northern California cities. Join the growing list of people and organizations that support the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley.
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Yosemite Guides is comprised of a select group of the most experienced local naturalists, mountain guides, and fishing experts. We are dedicated to helping visitors explore the splendors of Yosemite with tours and adventure activities. You will leave with a new found understanding of nature and this fascinating region - memories to last a lifetime. All Yosemite Guides adventures include friendly knowledgeable guides and a healthy lunch.
Zephyr Whitewater is the largest rafting outfitter near Yosemite. We offer 1/2 to 3 day trips on the Merced, Tuolumne, and Kings rivers. Family rates and group discounts are available, as well as a free color catalogue. Trips on the Merced river run daily, and we have both morning and afternoon 1/2 day trips which cover 11 river miles, and also full 1-day trips which cover 16 miles and include a great lunch on the river. We guarantee that a rafting trip on the Merced river will be one of the major highlites of your Yosemite vacation. You can reach us at 1-800-431-3636, and also through our website at www.zrafting.com
The Yosemite region has something for everyone. From pristine Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequoias to the spectacular panoramas and mountain vistas at Glacier Point or Tuolumne Meadows, or the historical communities that surround the park; the Yosemite experience is alive with natural beauty and a strong sense of American history. Yosemite.com is an advertiser supported, not for profit, part of the Merced Data Special Services (MDSS) affiliate of the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG).
The Yosemite Fund is the primary nonprofit fundraising organization for Yosemite. Since 1988, The Yosemite Fund has supported over 200 projects totaling nearly $50 million in support. Our donors sponsor projects that fix trails, restore vital habitats, preserve art and artifacts, provide educational experiences for visitors, and survey and protect Yosemite's wildlife.
The Yosemite Association is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the support of Yosemite National Park through a program that includes membership, book publishing and sales, outdoor seminars, and visitor services. Established in 1923, the association was the first such "cooperating association" in the U.S. Our revenues are used to support education, museum, research, and environmental programs in Yosemite through donations to the National Park Service.
FROM THE TURN OF THE CENTURY UNTIL 1945, it was possible to take a wonderful train ride from Merced in the San Joaquin Valley to El Portal, California to visit Yosemite National Park. Rather than endure dusty roads and undependable automobiles, vacationers could relax in Pullman accommodations or on the deck of a beautiful observation car and enjoy the scenery along the way.
Y explore Yosemite Adventures is a socially responsible company offering Professionally Guided Hiking Tours and Photography Workshops in Yosemite National Park. We will provide educational services that follow Leave No Trace principles and ensure that the ecology of the park will not be compromised.
Yosemite Conservancy preserves the park for future generations. We restore trails and scenic lookouts, and protect habitat and wildlife. Visitors also enjoy our educational programs and facilities. Let our in-depth park knowledge help you plan your visit. Each year we celebrate a new success story‹restoring Tunnel View or Half Dome View, or reintroducing the bighorn sheep and peregrine falcon to Yosemite. Visit our map below and get the latest highlights from around the park.