Tourism

Giant sequoias fall short in 8th wonder contest

Giant Sequoias like this one in Yosemite National Park are nealry 300 feet tall.Despite the hopes and efforts of nature lovers in the Valley, the giant sequoia trees were beat out in a contest to name the 8th wonder of the world.

September breaks streak for Valley lodges

The Hilton Garden Inn in ClovisValley lodges hit the first big slowdown of the year in September as the summer tourism season started winding down.

Yosemite's Wawona Hotel reopens amid shutdown

The Wawona Hotel has reopened in Yosemite National Park.The Wawona Hotel and Wawona General Store reopened over the weekend despite the government shutdown that furloughed thousands of workers in Yosemite National Park.

Majestic Mountain Loop idea wins award

Yosemite National Park's Glacier Point is one of many stops along the Majestic Mountain Loop to highlight California's Sierra country.The Majestic Mountain Loop, a promotion that offers visitors an itinerary to explore three national parks, was awarded for its creativity by the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

Government shutdown hits Yosemite area workers

More than 1,600 workers in Yosemite National Park have been furloughed due to the federal government shutdown that started yesterday.

Government shutdown closes local parks

Yosemite National ParkAnother victim of the government shutdown, Yosemite National Park is closed but not shuttered.

In heart of the Rim Fire, regeneration has begun 


(AP) — In the midst of a foreboding canyon scorched bare by the Sierra Nevada's most destructive fire in centuries, tiny ferns unfurl along a spring, black oaks push through charred soil normally blanketed with pine needles and a hawk soars above towering dead and denuded trees.

Valley lodges rebound in August

The Hilton Garden Inn in ClovisValley lodges saw business improve in August, recovering from a dip in revenues the month prior.

Fresno workshop to gather state park ideas

Millerton Lake near Friant is one of 280 California parks and recreation areas.California State Park system officials will be seeking input on how to improve the state's lagging parks through a public workshop in Fresno on Sept. 10.

USFS: Hunter caused huge wildfire near Yosemite

A gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park was caused by an illegal fire set by a hunter, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday.