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.
Yosemite National Park Archeologist Laura Kirn Wins Prestigious Award
Laura Kirn is the 2010 recipient of the Stephen K.F. and Katharine W. Lee Prize from the Goucher College Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program. The Lee Prize was established in 1999 by Antoinette J. Lee, National Park Service Deputy Assistant Director for Cultural Resources, in honor Lee's parents.
The Lee Prize is given each year for the best paper or project from a Goucher College graduate student that addresses the preservation of America's diverse heritage, including cultural and ethnic groups, life-style diversity, and the cultural imprint of other defined groups on American society.
Kirn’s work documents the historical significance of the Wesley and Alice Wilson House, the last remaining building from the Indian Village in Yosemite Valley. This modest house embodies the importance of the National Park Service’s historical and ongoing relationship with American Indians.
Kirn is currently the Branch Chief for Anthropology and Archeology in the Division of Resources Management and Science at Yosemite National Park.
Did You Know?
Built to connect human developments on both sides of the South Fork Merced River, the Wawona Covered Bridge is one of few covered bridges in the region. Built in 1868 by Yosemite’s first guardian, Galen Clark, the Wawona Covered Bridge boasts state significance within transportation, entertainment, and recreation contexts.