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  • 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 Prepares for Busy Fourth of July Weekend

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Date: July 2, 2009

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest weekends in Yosemite National Park.  The park estimates that up to 50,000 visitors will visit and pass through Yosemite over the extended holiday weekend.  The increase in visitors can lead to traffic congestion during midday.  Visitors are encouraged to come into the park as early in the day to avoid any delays.  All park campsites under the reservation system have been sold out.  However, there are a limited number of first-come, first-served campsites available throughout the park.  It is anticipated that these sites will be full by the beginning of the weekend.

Yosemite National Park Rangers will be conducting safety and sobriety checkpoints throughout the park over the Fourth of July weekend.  Park Rangers will be stopping vehicles to ensure occupants are wearing their seatbelts, driving safely, and that drivers are not impaired. 

Visitors taking the Wawona Road (Highway 41) should also be aware that the Grouse Creek fire is burning three miles southwest of Yosemite Valley and north of the Glacier Point Road.  This fire started on May 30 from a lightning strike and is being managed by the National Park Service.  Due to the proximity of the fire to the Wawona Road, visitors may be subject to traffic delays. 

Additionally, the Harden fire is burning on the north side of Yosemite National Park west of Harden Lake and northwest of White Wolf.  Due to these two fires, park visitors may experience smoky conditions.  The NPS continually assesses air quality and works with surrounding communities to ensure healthy conditions for park visitors.

The possession and discharge of any type of fireworks is prohibited in Yosemite National Park. 

Did You Know?

Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.