Yosemite Landmarks to Get Names Back After Contentious Suit is Settled

A company that lost its contract to run Yosemite National Park's hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities has settled a lawsuit with the National Park Service and the park's new concession operator over rights to the names of famous park landmarks.

The National Park Service said Monday the settlement with Delaware North allows the park to restore the previous names of some properties at Yosemite, including the Ahwahnee Hotel, which is now called the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

The Park Service in 2015 awarded Aramark a 15-year contract and shortly after, New York-based Delaware North filed a lawsuit saying it owned the trademarked names of the Ahwahnee Hotel, the Wawona Hotel, Curry Village and other properties

Delaware North ran the park's concessions from 1993 to 2015.

Here are the names changing back to the originals:

  • Majestic Yosemite Hotel will once again be the Ahwahnee Hotel
  • Half Dome Village will become Curry Village campground again
  • Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area will be Badger Pass Ski Resort again
  • Big Trees Lodge is changing back to the original Wawona Hotel
"The only name that did not change back to the original name is The Yosemite Valley Lodge. The name the Yosemite Valley Lodge will remain as the offical name," Naitonal Parks Service said.
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