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 »
Interagency Effort to Suppress Fire is Started in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park officials have begun efforts to contain a new fire that started late in the afternoon today, Monday, August 21, 2006. The fire was estimated to be approximately 50 acres at around 3 pm and is located along the Ribbon Creek drainage between El Capitan and Ribbon Creek, above the North Rim of Yosemite Valley.
The El Capitan trail is currently closed from Tamarack Flat to El Capitan.
Yosemite National Park is utilizing the park helicopter and hand crews for initial attack as well as off-park resources, including air tankers and additional helicopters. Crews from the Sierra National Forest, the Stanislaus National Forest, and the California Department of Forestry are aiding in the suppression effort.
Visitors to Yosemite National Park may experience smoky conditions that may impact their experience in the park. Visitors with respiratory conditions should avoid smoky areas and vigorous activity is not recommended where heavy smoke is present.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Did You Know?
When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.