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.
Fifth Annual "Yosemite Facelift" Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 24 - 28, 2008
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the "Yosemite Facelift" September 24-28, 2008. This annual event is organized by the Yosemite Climbing Association to help clean up the park after the long and busy summer season. Volunteers are needed to pick up litter at various locations in Yosemite National Park including on roadways, in the river corridor, on trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping, and lodging areas. Events and presentations honoring Yosemite’s climbing history will be held throughout the weekend.
Last year, over 2,945 Yosemite Facelift volunteers donated 18,335 hours and collected 42,330 pounds of trash.
Interested volunteers should sign up at the booth in font of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 8:00 am on days that they wish to participate. Crew leaders will be at the booth to organize work groups and hand out trash bags, gloves, and litter sticks. Trash must be returned to the booth by 5:00 pm to be weighed and sorted.
Volunteers participating in the clean-up will receive free admission to the park. There are limited free camping sites still available for those participating in the clean up. Please contact Ken Yager. Please include all names of those who wish to participate, as well as which nights during the event.
Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for every day they volunteer. The raffle will be held at the booth at 5:00 pm every day except for Sunday, September 28, which will be held at the East Auditorium for a special thank you reception. The reception will also include free drinks, food, and live music with the Jonathan McEuen Band.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, please contact Ken Yager or visit the Yosemite Climbing Association website at www.yosemiteclimbing.org.
Individuals who are unable to participate during the clean up, but would still like to help, may make a tax deductible donation to help pay for the clean up effort. Donations can be made to the Yosemite Climbing Association, PO Box 89, Yosemite, California, 95389.
Did You Know?
The Yosemite Leadership Program partners with UC Merced, to bring students to the park each summer for hands-on professional development through internships. Students work alongside scientists, educators, interpreters, business managers, and many other professionals of the NPS and park partner organizations. Some go on to become National Park Service rangers.