March 24, 2011
All roads into Yosemite National Park have reopened this morning, pending weather and safety along the roadways. This includes park entrances via Highways 120, 140, and 41. The park is open to visitors until 7:00 p.m. this evening. Reservations for rooms in the park will be honored this evening. The Hetch Hetchy Road and the Badger Pass Road will remain closed until further notice.
Yosemite National Park will be fully open to the public beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 25, 2011. Again, this is contingent upon the weather and safety on the roads. There is no electrical power throughout the park and power is projected to be restored sometime this weekend. Generator powered lodging will be available in Yosemite Valley beginning Friday evening. Heated tent cabins will also be available at Curry Village.
Limited food and retail services are available to the public today, and full services will return on Friday. Badger Pass Ski Area will remain closed throughout the weekend. Additionally, all campgrounds in Yosemite Valley will remain closed until noon on Monday, March 28.
The Merced River Plan (MRP) Recreation Workshop that was scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2011, has been postponed due to the winter storm activity. A new date for the workshop has not been determined.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until Friday morning. Current road conditions in Yosemite National Park and park operating hours are available by calling 209-372-0200. Road conditions outside of Yosemite can be found by calling 1-800-427-7623.
Bus service to Yosemite via the Highway 140 corridor on the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) will begin an abbreviated schedule tomorrow, March 25. Buses into Yosemite Valley will include Runs 2, 3, and 5. Buses leaving Yosemite Valley will include Runs 9, 11, and 12. YARTS will begin the regular weekend schedule beginning Saturday, March 26. Please check www.yarts.com for current schedules.
The park anticipates returning to full operations by Monday, March 28, 2011.