Monday, July 27, 2009

Crowds in Yosemite National Park

The Modesto Bee recently told its readers that the National Park Service is trying to figure out how to protect Yosemite Valley from the millions of tourists, campers and back-country hikers who crowd into it every year. The Bee notes that the tourism industry and environmental groups are sure to offer their views, and suggests that "regular" Yosemite visitors should do so as well.

One reader responded that the Bee was too timid as it has opposed even further consideration of restoring Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite National Park's other great valley, which has been inaccessible to park visitors since the early 20th century.

Reasonable people who support restoration differ on how we should manage visitation to Hetch Hetchy Valley during and after restoration. We at Restore Hetch Hetchy look forward to a spirited debate on this subject as public support for restoration builds.

1 comment:

  1. I avoid the park during peak season but for business reasons had to visit. It was mind-blowing (the crowds). A huge kudos to the staff and their hard work to best manage traffic and all other issues that come with the hordes.