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Park Contact Information

Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park, California. 209/372–0200; www.nps.gov/yose.

Visitor Centers

Le Conte Memorial Lodge. This small but striking National Historic Landmark, with its granite walls and steeply pitched shingle roof, is Yosemite's first permanent public information center. Step inside to see the cathedral-like interior, which contains a library and environmental exhibits. To find out about evening programs, check the kiosk out front. Southside Dr., about ½ mile west of Curry Village, Yosemite National Park, California, 95389. vault.sierraclub.org/education/leconte. May–Sept., Wed.–Sun. 10–4.

Valley Visitor Center. Learn about Yosemite Valley's geology, vegetation, and human inhabitants at this visitor center, which is also staffed with helpful rangers and contains a bookstore with a wide selection of books and maps. Two films, including one by Ken Burns, alternate on the half hour in the theater behind the visitor center. Yosemite Village, California, 95389. 209/372–0200; www.nps.gov/yose. Late May–early Sept., daily 9–7; early Sept.–late May, daily 9–5.