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Tourists Loved The Snow

The snow in the Sierra Nevada had a positive affect on the amount of tourists who came to stay and visit Tuolumne County, according to Lisa Mayo.

Mayo, Executive Director for the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

After receiving numerous reports from area lodges and motels, Mayo delivered an optimistic report for area tourism during the Winter months. Mayo continues to expect a busy Spring for both locals and tourists.

According to Mayo, “With Dodge Ridge and Leland Meadows both open all winter, we saw a definite increase in traffic and tourists taking advantage of playing in the snow. While waiting for Sonora and Tioga Passes to open, tourists will find great hikes throughout the lower Sierra where there is also a lack of crowds at this time of the year. There is also good camping, golf courses, waterfalls and plenty of other things to see and do.”

Mayo is not very concerned about the rate hike recently placed at Yosemite National Park. Entrance fees went up last year during the Summer from $25 per vehicle to $35.

“Yosemite is a bucket-list destination” said Mayo, “The entrance fee hike did not have an impact on tourists coming through this area.”

The new colorful “Vacationland” publication has just been published and is now available. Mayo encourages locals to stop by the office and pick up a copy for themselves.

The office is located at 542 Stockton Street, across from the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.

The website for more information is http://www.yosemitegoldcountry.com and the telephone number is (209) 533-4420.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am.