Great news for those who appreciate the history and traditions of Yosemite National Park.
Several of the major hotels and camp villages at the Park will be restored to their traditional names after a few years of being known by differing names.
Some might recall that since 2015 many of the major historic sites within the Park received new, some might call bland, names.
Do you remember The Ahwahnee and Curry Village? Well, since 2015 these two Yosemite staples carried the names The Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Half Dome Village.
Big deal? Maybe not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but tradition is tradition, and a name is a name, isn’t it?
Backcountry Journeys has a deep connection with Yosemite National Park as we have for years and years paid visits to the Park to photograph its grandeur in spring, autumn and winter, as the old Park truly does resemble some people’s idea of heaven. Here, towering granite mountains stand like great castle walls, home to plentiful waterfalls that cascade into deep valleys and meadows below. And in Yosemite, names matter.
El Capitan. Tunnel View, Half Dome.
These names are synonymous with the Park, and many longtime Yosemite people, be it visitors, workers, and Park officials, feel the same way about the building and site names that were taken away.
The entire fiasco was the result of a dispute when, in 2015, Yosemite National Park chose to not renew a contract with its longtime concession provider, Delaware North. While packing up to leave, the concessionaire issued a $50 million tab that the Park would be required to pay if it would like to keep the names of its own structures and sites.
Sounds crazy. Yet, years earlier Delaware North had trademarked these names of these sites it managed, giving the company legal right to them. The Park Service declined and moved on giving the historic places new names.
The Wawona Hotel didn’t cease to exist, it just became Big Trees Lodge. And Badger Pass Ski Area was renamed Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area.
The old names have all been restored as of now, with the exception of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, which was renamed Yosemite Valley Lodge.
In spite of the names, whether new or old, Yosemite is a photographers dream, and Backcountry Journeys can get you there! Join us one of these days to see for yourself all of the old and the new at Yosemite National Park.