Yosemite rental ban reconsidered

July 15, 2013
Merced River

Merced River

Plans to curtail commercial recreational vendors in Yosemite National Park, proposed as a possible solution to federal environmental mandates, are being reconsidered by parks officials after a huge public outcry. (San Jose Mercury News)

Parks Director Jon Jarvis said his agency is looking at alternative plans, and for the time being will abandon the notion of prohibiting rentals of bicycles, river rafts and horses in Yosemite Valley. That’s where most visitors to the park congregate.

According to agency data, most of the park’s 4 million annual visitors focus their activities on the valley floor, which comprises barely 6 percent of the park’s 704,956 acres.

On the table now for the parks service is moving camping facilities away from the Merced River. Jarvis said the agency is concerned with recreational opportunities and protecting the fragile park environment.

Proposals for change were motivated by the so-called Merced River Plan, compiled by the agency following a number of lawsuits by environmental groups.

“We think the parks service is being responsive. The approach they are taking is the right one,” said Neal Desai, with the National Parks Conservation Association in San Francisco. The group supports the plan but doesn’t oppose keeping bike and raft rentals and a seasonal ice rink.



  1. tomsquawk says:

    hey, good point; all roads lead to Y. fortunatley very few to nowhere else

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  2. tomsquawk says:

    excuse me,we like our place in Pinecrest

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  3. jimmy_me says:

    The Sierra Nevada mountains are massively ugly. The only good spot is Yosemite. Everyone should take my advice and don’t visit anywhere except Yosemite; there nothing anywhere else worth seeing.

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    • doggin says:

      Absolutely correct….Yosemite is no doubt the best spot and the rest just plain fugly..all of it…move on folks. So visit Yosemite or stay home, there is NOTHING else to see :)

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    • cch says:

      It’s hilarious that there are 6 thumbs down for your comment (so far) – that’s 6 people who are utterly clueless when it comes to irony!

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  4. tomsquawk says:

    last time i was up there was with my parents in our ’56 ford station wagon. sure it is alot different now

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    • Jorge Estrada says:

      Now it’s an arcade for foreign tourists and the Feds want all the revenue.

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