El Capitan as seen by Alden Olmsted in The Story of Elmer in Yosmite

Alden Olmsted El Capitan Elmer.pngIn the Story of Elmer in Yosemite By Richard Barna and Drawn by Alden Olmsted Elmer talks about El Capitan. One of the world’s biggest blocks of granite. “El Cap” is as important to the history of Yosemite as the more often pictured Half Dome. Continue reading

How to Get a Campsite Reservation in Yosemite During Peak Seasons

reservations for camping When it comes to camping in Yosemite during the spring and summer there is no let’s just head to the valley and see if there is anything available. My family and friends have been camping in the Upper Pines Campground every summer for almost a decade. Each year as we log on to book a reservation the fear of not getting a campsite for our annual vacation has us chomping our nails with anxiety. Here are a few things that we have learned over the years to help you plan your camping vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Here is the challenge: Reservations become available to book at 7am Pacific time six months before your planned camping time and are all reserved by 7:05am Pacific time. So how on earth are you supposed to get a site? Here are my best tips… Continue reading