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  • Big Oak Flat Road is Closed; no access to Yosemite via Highway 120 from the west

    The Big Oak Flat Road is temporarily closed; there is no access to Yosemite via Highway 120 from the west (except to Hetch Hetchy). Tioga Road is open and accessible only from the east (Tioga Pass to Crane Flat), but the road dead-ends at Crane Flat More »

  • Campground Closures Due to Fire

    Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. All other campgrounds, including Hodgdon Meadow, are open. 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 41, 140, or 120 from the west due to a fire, but is accessible from the east (via US 395). More »

Three Roads in Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Overnight

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Date: November 3, 2011

The Tioga, Glacier Point, and Mariposa Grove Roads Temporarily Closed Due Winter Weather Advisory

The Tioga Road (Highway 120 east of the Crane Flat Gas Station), the Glacier Point Road, and the Mariposa Grove Road in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closing tonight, Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. A winter weather advisory has been issued and will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. this evening until 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Up to seven inches of snow is expected above 6,000 feet in elevation. Temperature lows are expected to be 11° Fahrenheit tonight, and 5° Fahrenheit by Friday night.

All roads are expected to be reassessed for opening by midday tomorrow, Friday, November 4, 2011.  

The closure is not expected to impact the Wawona Road (Highway 41), the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 west of the Crane Flat Gas Station), the El Portal Road (Highway 140), or roads within Yosemite Valley. All roads within the park are subject to chain control or temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. Tire chains may be required at any time during the fall and winter season. It is strongly recommended that all motorists carry tire chains while driving in the park during the fall and winter months.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200.

An announcement will be made tomorrow pending additional road closure changes.

Did You Know?

American Indians use traditional ignition methods on a prescribed fire project

The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.