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.
Yosemite National Park Opens Public Scoping Period Regarding Visitor Use on the Half Dome Cables
Yosemite National Park announces the opening of the public scoping period for visitor use on the Half Dome cables. The scoping period will run from May 26, 2010 to June 25, 2010. The public is invited to submit written ideas regarding a long term plan for visitor use on the Half Dome cables. The purpose of the plan will be to provide for the long-term stewardship of Half Dome in a manner that is consistent with the 1964 Wilderness Act and the National Park Service Organic Act.
An interim program is currently in place for the 2010 and 2011 summer season that requires permits to ascend the Half Dome cables on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Yosemite National Park will be monitoring visitor use on the Half Dome cables and assessing the effectiveness of the interim program at the conclusion of this summer and next summer.
The hike to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite. Most visitors ascend Half Dome via the cables, which are in place from mid-May through mid-October. The increase in popularity of the hike has resulted in large numbers of visitors using the cables, particularly on weekends and holidays. This has resulted in significant safety concerns, has impacted the resources, and has negatively affected the visitor experience.
Public participation is integral for the success of this plan. The public comment period for the Interim Program for the Half Dome Day Use Permits runs from May 26 to June 25, 2010. To submit comments on this topic, contact the park by any of the following means:
Did You Know?
That 95% of Yosemite is designated Wilderness? In Wilderness, you can experience unparalleled opportunities for solitude while visiting some of the most beautiful places on Earth. More...