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    Yosemite

    National Park California

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  • 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.

Planner's Reading Room

 

Planning and compliance efforts are guided by a variety of official National Park Service documents as well as scientific research, design guidelines and supporting legislation.

National Park Service Policies:

National Park Service Directives:

National Environmental Policy Act and Other Environmental Policies: The following documents provide overviews of both the National Environmental Policy Act and other types of environmental compliance used in park planning:

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and Wilderness Act Information: The following websites and acts regard the designation of rivers as wild and scenic and lands as wilderness, providing them with special protections:

Historic Preservation Information: These programs, acts and guidelines inform park planners when preserving historic buildings and grounds:

Public Comments Information:

Transportation Studies:

Design Guides:

Accessibility:

Federal Codes and Policies:

Did You Know?

El Portal Boulder Bar

At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.