Yosemite National Park‘s popular Valley Floor Tours now offer a Spanish language option for tour passengers through the use of loaner iPod devices. The new Spanish language service is provided through a collaboration between the National Park Service and park concessioner, Delaware North Companies (DNC).
Anyone who prefers to listen to the tour in Spanish can ask for loan of an iPod at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls tour desk before boarding one of the park’s open-air trams, called “Green Dragons.” In winter months, the Spanish-language option will also be available on climate-controlled enclosed motor coaches. The professionally recorded and mastered interpretive tool provides 18 descriptions of Yosemite Valley locations in Spanish.
John Hernandez, Executive Director for the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce described these Spanish tours as promising to be “a big factor in opening doors for the Hispanic community.”
Yosemite’s Valley Floor tours depart several times daily, year-round, with narration by National Park Service interpretive rangers who describe the fascinating history and geology of the park and its landmarks. The new devices similarly describe the park’s wonders in Spanish.