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 Invites Public to Tuolumne Planning Workshop in Yosemite Valley
As part of its continuing series, the National Park Service (NPS) will conduct a "Planner for a Day" public workshop on Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 4 pm at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls in Yosemite Valley. This event will focus on the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan. The workshop will be preceded by an overview slide presentation on planning in Yosemite at 8am.
Since January, the NPS has hosted this series of interactive workshops to give participants an opportunity to sit at the table with the NPS planning team and work on many of the issues currently being addressed in the Tuolumne planning effort. At previous workshops, participants discovered how public comments and legal mandates help guide the planning process. Participants also provided input that was considered during the creation of desired conditions for the Tuolumne River corridor. The next workshop will focus on assigning those desired conditions to different areas along the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River that flows through Yosemite National Park.
In early July, the NPS will release a newsletter presenting preliminary alternatives for the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan. At that time, the public will have an opportunity to review and provide comments on these early alternatives before they are analyzed in the draft environmental impact statement.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.