Tioga & Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Winter
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed due to snow; they usually reopen late May or June. You can check on current road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). More »
High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystem Recovery & Stewardship Plan
The High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystem Recovery & Stewardship Plan will guide the next 15 years of NPS management actions to protect and restore the park's high elevation aquatic ecosystems. Management actions will be designed to protect these ecosystems from future threats and will restore the diversity and distribution of species to increase the resiliency of these ecosystems.
This plan focuses on management of individual lakes, ponds, streams, and wet meadows found between 5,500 and 12,000 feet in elevation. Many of these aquatic habitats have been impacted by past and/or ongoing recreational and administrative activities, such as the introduction of nonnative trout and pack stock grazing. These habitats also support special status species, including the Yosemite toad and the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, two species that have suffered substantial population declines. Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs were once the most abundant amphibian in Yosemite's high country. Today, the frog is among the world's most critically endangered amphibians having lost at least 93% of their populations. Yosemite toads were also once an abundant species; at least 50% of their populations have been lost. The remaining populations of both species are much smaller and more fragmented across the landscape. Both species are federal candidates for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Did You Know?
Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.