Going Wild

Overrun by visitors and blighted by development, the national parks try some drastic remedies

For some of the visitors who jam Yosemite Valley on summer weekends, the grandeur of its granite domes and thundering waterfalls just isn't enough. These demanding consumers want to go horseback riding, play tennis or golf and then cool down with glasses of Chablis from their hotel minibars. And, of course, get snapshots of their vacation developed in just four hours at a nearby photo shop.

This summer, however, Yosemite vacationers will have to rough it. A bulldozer will soon reduce the photo store to rubble. Many other amenities are being cut off and freedoms restricted. Gift shops will be demolished....

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