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 »
El Portal Market Concessions Contract Awarded in Yosemite National Park
The National Park Service has awarded a concession contact for year-round operation and management of the El Portal Market, a grocery and general merchandise store located within the El Portal Administrative Site adjacent to Yosemite National Park. The contract, which carries a term of six years, was awarded to Kirstie Dunbar-Kari, d.b.a Kari & Sons, of El Portal, California. Operations will commence following refurbishments to the building which are currently being undertaken by the National Park Service.
The El Portal Market has been a fixture in the small community of El Portal, California for as long as locals can remember. The market was previously operated by Vaughn, Vaughn and Carter, LLP, and particularly its principal, Hugh Carter, under concession contracts issued by the National Park Service since 1966.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.