Please note that while Yosemite remains open during the federal government shutdown, services and facilities are very limited, and certain areas of the park are closed. For more information, please refer to the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior: visit www.nps.gov/yose and www.doi.gov/shutdown.

As the impact of the government shutdown continues to be felt, Yosemite Conservancy remains committed to supporting Yosemite National Park.

Click here for more information on the availability of Yosemite Conservancy programs and services during the shutdown.

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Yosemite ranger Justin Fey leads the park's mounted patrol team. Photo: NPS

Read our Q-and-A with park ranger Justin Fey, who manages Yosemite's celebrated mounted patrol program.

A view of Yosemite peaks from the Four Mile Trail, including Mount Florence, the prominent mountain in the middle. Photo: John Little

Florence Hutchings was born in Yosemite Valley just a few weeks after President Abraham Lincoln signed the 1864 Yosemite Grant Act. Read on for a few fascinating facts about the adventurous "Flo," whose story comes to life at the Yosemite Theater.

The view from the Glacier Point Trailside Museum, or Geology Hut, which the Yosemite Museum Association helped build in the mid-1920s. Photo courtesy of the Udall Foundation, taken by Cyanne F., a middle-school participant in the Yosemite Conservancy-supported Parks in Focus program.

Looking back at 95 years of partnership with Yosemite, made possible by the generosity of generations of people who care about the park.

John Muir in Yosemite, circa 1902. Credit: John Muir Papers, Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library, (c) 1984 Muir-Hanna Trust

“When I was a boy in Scotland, I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I've been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures." In honor of John Muir's birthday, we're sharing some musings about (and from) the "father" of our national parks.