Big Oak Flat Road is Closed; no access to Yosemite via Highway 120 from the west
The Big Oak Flat Road is temporarily closed; there is no access to Yosemite via Highway 120 from the west (except to Hetch Hetchy). Tioga Road is open and accessible only from the east (Tioga Pass to Crane Flat), but the road dead-ends at Crane Flat More »
Campground Closures Due to Fire
Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. All other campgrounds, including Hodgdon Meadow, are open. 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 41, 140, or 120 from the west due to a fire, but is accessible from the east (via US 395). More »
Public Scoping Meeting for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Announced (for September 22)
A public scoping meeting for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the Underlounge at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley.
The public scoping period for the Environmental Assessment began on August 13, 2009 and ends September 26, 2009. Public scoping comments will be used to assist the park in developing a range of reasonable and feasible alternatives that meet the purpose and need, including a no action alternative, and then analyzing the potential environmental effects of each alternative. Written scoping comments should be postmarked no later than September 26, 2009.
After more than 80 years of service, the hotel and associated structures are in need of rehabilitation to become compliant with building codes, replace outdated electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems, and to provide a higher level of visitor services.
The purpose of this effort is to develop a comprehensive plan for phased, long-term rehabilitation of the Ahwahnee National Landmark hotel and associated guest cottages, employee dormitory and landscaped grounds.
The plan will help guide efforts to restore, preserve, and protect the historic integrity of fabric and finishes at the hotel, improve energy efficient operations, and enhance the visitor experience through improved operational efficiency, increased accessibility, and rehabilitation of historic resources.
Written comments can be submitted at public scoping meetings, by mail, fax, email, and through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) commenting system. Comments may be submitted by the following means:
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.