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.
Three Visitors Swept Over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park
Group of Family and Friends on Day Trip to Yosemite
Search for Missing Hikers Continues; Adequate Personnel are Available
Yosemite National Park Rangers are continuing their search efforts for the three hikers who were swept over Vernal Fall this past Tuesday. The park is being assisting by multiple county Search and Rescue Teams. The park will continue the search through the weekend, and assess the situation early next week.
Although the park sincerely appreciates the individuals and groups who have volunteered their services, there are currently adequate resources available to continue search and rescue operations. Therefore, the park will not be able to utilize any further volunteers at this point.
The search is being concentrated on the banks of the Merced River below Vernal Fall. Whitewater conditions, combined with slippery surfaces, make the search area dangerous and only highly trained search and rescue personnel are being utilized in the field at this time.
Again, the park would like to extend its appreciation to those who came forward to assist in the search and rescue operation.
Did You Know?
Giant sequoias are a fire adapted species. Their bark is fire resistant and fire helps open the sequoia cone and scatter the tiny seeds. Fire also clears forest debris from the mineral soil and provides a nutrient rich seed bed as well as clearing competing species.