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 »
Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review. This rehabilitation project would repair and stabilize deteriorated structural and exterior elements to prevent further damage, and contribute to full rehabilitation of the ski lodge and associated support facilities. In January 2009, Yosemite National Park initiated public scoping and hosted two public meetings to solicit comments. Comments received from the public, tribes, and other agencies have contributed to the development and refinement of a range of alternatives presented in this EA. The EA describes the No Action and three action alternatives, analyzes the potential environmental impacts of each alternative, and includes mitigation measures to avoid or minimize impacts to sensitive resources.
Environmental stresses, coupled with inadequate site drainage and snow-melt management systems, have contributed to structural deterioration of the lodge. Building expansions and modifications to meet the changing needs of the ski industry were not compatible with the original architecture of the 1935 building. Rehabilitation of the lodge would protect areas of primary historical significance, while allowing flexibility to accommodate the needs associated with current and future ski area use.
Park staff will be available to answer questions and provide copies of the EA at the park’s public open houses on May 26 and June 30, 2010, 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the Visitor Center Auditorium in Yosemite Valley.
Did You Know?
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.