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A moment of silence – Ancient Yosemite names changed today

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Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is now: Yosemite Valley Lodge

The Ahwahnee Hotel is now: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Curry Village is now: Half Dome Village

Wawona Hotel is now: Big Trees Lodge

Badger Pass Ski Area  is now: Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “And the beat goes on.”
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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Yosemite official Press Release… mention of name change

Yosemite News Release

February 29, 2016

For Immediate Release

Yosemite National Park will have a new primary concessioner tomorrow, March 1, 2016. Yosemite Hospitality LLC begins its 15-year contract to provide lodging, retail, recreational services, and food to over four million annual visitors to Yosemite. Yosemite Hospitality LLC was selected to be the park’s new primary concessioner in June 2015, following a competitive bid process.
“This is a new era in Yosemite and we are very excited to welcome Yosemite Hospitality LLC as the new primary concessioner in Yosemite National Park,” stated park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “We would like to thank Delaware North Companies for their exceptional service to Yosemite’s visitors over the course of their contract in Yosemite National Park.”

The National Park Service continues to work very closely with Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Yosemite and Yosemite Hospitality LLC to ensure a seamless transition for park visitors. There should be very minimal, if any, disruption to services within the park as the concession contract transition occurs. There are many moving parts in such a large concession operation and the park kindly requests patience from visitors should they encounter any disruption during this unprecedented transition.

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More on Yosemite’s proposed name changes.

Unless you’ve been in an isolation chamber training to be an astronaut for the Mars Mission, you are aware of the shocker: Yosemite National Park is going to change names in response to DNC quest for $51M in return.


The crux is that Delaware North Company (DNC) has held the concessionaire contract since 1993.  In a fresh RFP process, they lost to Aramark. So now they are asking the park to pay for their intellectual property; that they say the park told them to acquire these names to keep from having someone in Bum Nuckle, Montana from opening an Ahwahnee Hotel. Trademarks protect that…and the Government cannot trademark anything.

The new names effective March 1.

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls to become: Yosemite Valley Lodge
The Ahwahnee to become: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Curry Village to become: Half Dome Village
Wawona Hotel to become: Big Trees Lodge
Badger Pass to become: Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

Half Dome cables

Will the Half Dome cables become the “Steel ropes to the top?”

All this as a March 1 takeover looms. Is this a ploy by the NPS to shake DNC into giving the names up? Or will the park pay the $51M? The …

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