Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire
The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »
Campground Closures Due to Fire
Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »
Yosemite National Park is Open
Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.
Roadside Naturalist: July 14 - 15, 2012
July 15, 2012
Roadside sightings along the Big Oak Flat Road - From the Big Oak Flat Entrance to Yosemite Valley
Blooming along the roadside between Crane Flat and the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station. This plant has small white flowers that appear in small ball-shaped clumps along thin leafless stems around 3 feet tall.
July 15, 2012
July 14, 2012
A large Lupine species is common along the road throughout the Big Meadow fire scar section near Foresta. These purple flowers form obvious spikelike clusters that stick up above the bright green bushy leaves.
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Yosemite and Huangshan are sister parks. Huangshan, which protects over 77 magnificent granite peaks 3,000 feet (1,000 m) or higher, is one of China's most famous and sacred scenic areas. Countless poems and writings dating back 2,200 years attest to its beauty. More...