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    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 »

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    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.

El Portal Road Reconstruction Hours Announced in Yosemite National Park

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Date: December 10, 2007

The El Portal Road is a park road that begins at the western boundary of Yosemite National Park. It begins at the eastern end of California State Highway 140 and continues 7.5 miles east to the Pohono Bridge.

In response to the recent ruling by the Eastern District Court, which directs the National Park Service to prepare a new comprehensive management plan for the Merced River, only those portions of the road that are at imminent risk of failure are being addressed at this time (approximately 1400 feet of roadway). This area has undergone five emergency repairs since 1997, but a complete reconstruction is needed so that the road can withstand future high water events. Important considerations throughout the planning process have been to maintain the road's historic character as a winding, narrow, mountain road, and to consider the protection and enhancement of the Merced Wild and Scenic River.

Yosemite Valley will remain open throughout the road construction. The Wawona Road (Highway 41 outside of the park) will remain open 24 hours per day.

As of December 9, 2007, construction hours will be:

Weekdays:
Sunday - Thursday - 10:00 pm through 6:00 am - Full night closure with one outbound opening at 11:00 pm

Monday - Friday - 6:00 am through 10:00 pm - One lane controlled traffic with maximum 30 minute delays

Weekends:
Friday 4:30 pm through Sunday 10:00 pm - One lane controlled traffic with maximum 30 minute delays

Hours are subject to change during the course of the construction. Please call 209/372-0200 for more information or for updated road conditions.

Did You Know?

Cars and campers in a meadow in Yosemite Valley.

Unrestricted camping is no longer allowed in Yosemite Valley because of damage it causes. The placement of campgrounds and campsites has changed over the past 75 years in response to a growing understanding of river dynamics, geologic hazards, and the park's natural and cultural resources.