National park tips: There’s no Ahwahnee in Yosemite. No Curry Village, either

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly known as the Ahwahnee, stands in the heart of Yosemite Valley.
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

So, apparently we really will have to remember those annoying Yosemite name changes.

At first, when the National Park Service and former concessionaire Delaware North started skirmishing over this at the beginning of 2016, it seemed the two might patch things up so that the beloved old names, like Ahwahnee, might return quickly.

But many months have passed and management at Yosemite has been worrying about a few other things.

So let’s review. since March 1, the former Ahwahnee Hotel has been the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.


The former Yosemite Lodge at the Falls has been Yosemite Valley Lodge.

The former Curry Village has been Half Dome Village.

The former Wawona Hotel has been Big Trees Lodge.

And the Badger Pass Ski Area has been Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area.


They’re here. They’re surrounded by deer. Get used to it.

In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

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