YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 20, 2012 — Yosemite is experiencing beautiful weather and gushing waterfalls, and Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks & Resorts at Yosemite is pleased to announce the re-opening of Housekeeping Camp, Yosemite Valley Stable rides and rafting along the Merced River in the heart of Yosemite Valley.
The family-favorite Housekeeping Camp, Yosemite Valley Stable, offering mule and horseback rides, and raft rentals along the Merced River have re-opened for the season
Housekeeping Camp, located along the Merced River, offering great views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome is open for the 2012 season. Housekeeping Camp is the ideal location for those who like to camp outdoors without the hassle of setting up a tent. Each of the 266 Housekeeping Camp tents, which can sleep up to six people, consists of three concrete walls, a concrete floor and a canvas roof. A canvas curtain separates the sleeping area from a covered patio with a grill and picnic table. Reservations for select dates at Housekeeping Camp are still available.
Yosemite activities opening early for the season today include mule and horseback rides at the Yosemite Valley Stable and the popular rafting along the Merced River. Yosemite Valley Stable offers a guided ride to picturesque Mirror Lake during the two-hour ride, which is perfect for beginners and offers great photographic opportunities. The half-day ride takes riders out to the Vernal Fall Bridge, where they have access to excellent views of Vernal Fall, Clarks Point and Nevada Fall. In addition to stable rides, rafting on the Merced River can be one of the most relaxing ways to see Yosemite Valley's spectacular scenery. Rafts are available at the Curry Village Recreation Center. The per person fee covers one three-mile trip down the river, personal floatation devices for each person, two paddles and return trip by shuttle to the Curry Village Recreation Center. Cost for rafting is $28.50 per adult and $20.50 per child.
For more information about lodging and activities in Yosemite National Park or to make a reservation, visit www.YosemitePark.com or call 801-559-4949. Join the conversation at Facebook.com/YosemitePark and Twitter.com/YosemiteDNC.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.
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