Visitors to Yosemite National Park will enjoy a scenic and relaxing trip along the Merced River with spectacular views of Yosemite icons including Half Dome and Yosemite Falls
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., July 14, 2011— Bikers are cruising on the paths, families are enjoying s’mores at night and summer is now in full-swing with the opening of rafting in Yosemite National Park today. Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite offers three-mile rafting trips along the Merced River daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. starting July 14 and it anticipates the rafting season will run through Labor Day depending on weather and river level conditions.

“Rafting along the Merced River is a fun and unique way to explore Yosemite Valley,” said Sean Costello, manager for Curry Village Recreation Center. “The water and weather conditions were not typical this year causing a later rafting season than usual and we expect a fantastic rafting season ahead.”

Rafts are available for rent at the Curry Village Recreation Center, which hold four adults. The cost is $26 per adult and $16 per child (12 and under). Please note that children must weigh at least 50 pounds. Following the rafting trip, visitors are shuttled back to the Curry Village Recreation Center.

For more information regarding rafting in Yosemite National Park, please visit www.YosemitePark.com or call 209-372-4386.
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; and soon, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. 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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