Yosemite hotels to change names due to trademark dispute

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The Ahwahnee will be renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.
The Ahwahnee will be renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

The Ahwahnee and Wawona hotels in Yosemite National Park will change names in March because of a trademark dispute between the outgoing concessionaire and the U.S. National Park Service.

The Ahwahnee will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, while the Wawona will become Big Trees Lodge. Both hotels are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ahwahnee was built in 1927. The Wawona dates  to the 19th century, and became part of Yosemite National Park in 1932.

The name change was spurred when the National Park Service announced last year that Delaware North Cos. will be replaced as Yosemite’s primary concessionaire by Aramark on March 1, 2016. Delaware North had trademarked the names “without prior National Park Service concurrence,” the NPS said in a Jan. 14 statement, and valued those trademarks at more than $50 million.

In addition to the Ahwahnee and Wawona name changes, Yosemite’s Curry Village will become Half Dome Village, and Badger Pass Ski Area will be known as Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area.

Yosemite National Park opened in 1890 and attracts more than 4 million visitors a year.

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