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  • No telephone service along Tioga Road

    There is no telephone service available along the Tioga Road from White Wolf to Tioga Pass (including Tuolumne Meadows) until further notice due to a damaged phone line. This affects all telephones, including hotels, campgrounds, and payphones.

Hetch Hetchy Communications System

View of Hetch Hetchy Valley.

View of Hetch Hetchy Valley.

NPS Photo by Adrienne Freeman

The current equipment, utilizing existing phone lines, transmits voice and data communications essential to the operation and security of HHW&P’s electric and water supply utilities, and is also used by Yosemite personnel for park communications. The existing radio and fiber optic equipment are obsolete and no longer supported by their manufacturers; the proposed project would update this infrastructure by replacing or updating components of the communication system throughout Tuolumne County, including potentially adding one new site within Yosemite National Park.

Documents pertaining to the Hetch Hetchy Communications System Upgrade Project:

  • For an overview of the proposed project read through the associated fact sheet (PDF)
  • Public comments 1 (1.12 MB PDF) and 2 (1.58 MB PDF) received during the scoping period.
  • Hetch Hetchy Environmental Assessment/Intital Study Page - Public Review and Comment Period Open - Oct. 2, 2007 - Nov. 2, 2007
  • FONSI- Finding of No Significant Impact, Assessmet of Actions Having an Effect on Cultural Resources, Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Section 7 Determination, Erratta Sheets, and Public Comment and Response Report - April 2008 (3.3MB PDF)
View of O'Shaughnessy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
View of O'Shaughnessy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
NPS Photo by Adrienne Freeman

Did You Know?

Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

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.