Black and white photo of John Muir seated on a rock facing right with a lake behind him.

John Muir: Father of the National Parks

What kind of person would fight so passionately to preserve and protect the lands of Yosemite? Moon Yosemite author Ann Marie Brown discusses the life and legacy of John Muir: conservationist, geologist, botanist, mountaineer, prolific writer, mechanical genius, wilderness advocate, and founder and first president of the Sierra Club.

Sunlight filters down to the base of massive sequioa redwood trunks.

Yosemite for Kids: A Five-Day Itinerary

You may be enthralled by Yosemite’s scenery—waterfalls leaping thousands of feet over granite cliffs, giant sequoias as wide as your living room, delicate wildflowers painting grassy meadows with a kaleidoscope of color—but your kids may be a tougher audience. Ann Marie Brown offers a five-day itinerary that includes lots of fun kid stuff.

The profile of Yosemite's famous Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point.

Picking the Best Sights for One Day in Yosemite

It’s not ideal to spend only one day in Yosemite, but if that’s the way your vacation is scheduled, you’ll need to make the most of your time. Ann Marie Brown shares advice to make sure you experience the park’s best sights.

The bare stone of Lembert Dome is lit by alpenglow and reflected in a lake.

Discover Yosemite National Park

Plunging waterfalls, stark granite, alpine lakes, pristine meadows, giant sequoia trees, and raging rivers—you’ll find them all in Yosemite National Park. At 1,169 square miles and 750,000 acres, the park is nearly the size of Rhode Island and one of the most popular national parks in the United States, visited by more than 3.5 million people each year.

Moon Northern California Hiking

Seasoned outdoors authors Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown know the best hiking trails in Northern California. This brand-new guidebook leads beginner and expert hikers alike to the best trails the northern part of the state has to offer. Complete with detailed regional maps, hiking tips, difficulty and quality ratings for each hike, Moon Northern […]

Moon Tahoe

California outdoors expert Ann Marie Brown provides you with the essential details needed to discover all of the can’t-miss sights, attractions, and restaurants in and around Tahoe. Ski Squaw Valley’s renowned slopes, hibernate in a cozy South Shore cabin, dine in Tahoe City, or hike the Tahoe Rim Trail—Brown will help you maximize your time […]

Moon Sequoia & Kings Canyon Camping & Hiking

Nature lovers Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown invite travelers to experience the deep canyons, tall peaks, and awe-inspiring giant sequoia groves of Sequoia National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Stienstra and Brown’s expert advice and useful camping and hiking tips make Moon Sequoia & Kings Canyon Camping & Hiking essential for any trip […]