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Discover a New Yosemite

Discover a New Yosemite
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Simple ways to see the park in a whole new (green) light

With waterfalls, granite walls, and pristine meadows, it’s no wonder Yosemite National Park attracts more than four million visitors a year. Luckily, there are ways you can experience Yosemite better than ever, and help preserve the park’s outstand¬ing features and alpine ecosystem too.

1 SAVE GAS AND STRESS Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) makes it easy—and gas-efficient—to get to the park from gateway towns. Climb aboard at stops along State 120, State 140, and U.S. 395, then enjoy the view while someone else does the driving. Plus, YARTS uses a dedi¬cated bus lane in the valley—no traffic jams.

2 RIDE A YOSEMITE HYBRID In the valley, catch the free hybrid shuttle buses to favorite sites. Hybrids produce 85 percent fewer emissions than regular shuttle buses.

3 USE PEOPLE POWER With more than 12 miles of mostly flat, paved paths, Yosemite Valley is great for bikes. Bring your own, or rent at Curry Village or Yosemite Lodge .

4 EAT LIKE A L OCAVORE At Yosemite Valley’s Village Grill , order a grass-fed beef burger from cattle raised within the county. At the Ahwahnee , chefs use produce from local organic sources.

5 HEAD FOR THE HIGH COUNTRY Several camps on Tioga Pass Road offer first-come, first-served sites—get there early to nab one. Then use the free Tuolumne Meadows shuttle to travel between trailheads.

6 STAY ON DESIGNATED TRAILS Yosemite has over 800 miles of trails, so there’s no reason to make more. Stick to existing paths—especially in fragile alpine meadows—and never cut switchbacks.

7 SHUN PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES Bring reusable containers; convenient re¬filling stations are scattered around the valley.

8 BOOK A GREEN NIGHT IN THE PARK At Yosemite Lodge at the Falls , many rooms feature recycled carpets, low- and zero- VOC paints, energy-efficient lighting, and furniture made from renewable sources.

9 AVOID BUSIEST TIMES Consider an off-season visit. If you’re limited to summer, aim for quieter weekdays. And year-round, get up with the sun—you’ll feel like you have the park to yourself.

—ANN MARIE BROWN

Yosemite Info

PARK INFO nps.gov/yose

LODGING, DINING, AND CONCESSIONS yosemitepark.com

BUS TRANSIT yarts.com

FOR MORE ALPIINE IDEAS, GO TO VISITCALIFORNIA.COM/HIGHSIERRA

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