Tioga Road and Glacier Point Roads Close for the Winter Season in Yosemite National Park
The Tioga Road and the Glacier Point Road have closed for the winter season due to snow and icy conditions.
The Tioga Road, the continuation of California Highway 120 inside Yosemite National Park, (from Crane Flat to a point five miles west of Lee Vining) closed for the season today. The road closes every year when heavy snowfall and/ or ice cause impassable road conditions.
The Glacier Point Road from Badger Pass to Glacier Point is closed for the season. The Glacier Point Road from Chinquapin to Badger Pass is open to administrative traffic only and will re-open when the Badger Pass Ski Area opens for the season. Badger Pass Ski Area is expected to open on December 19, 2008, snow conditions permitting.
Yosemite National Park is open year-round. All park roads are subject to chain control or temporary closure due to hazardous winter driving conditions. Motorists must carry tire chains while traveling in the park during winter months. Chains may become mandatory on any park road at any time. The following chain control guidelines exist:
"R-1" requires vehicles to have mud and snow tires or tire chains
"R-2" requires vehicles to have 4-wheel drive or tire chains
"R-3" requires all vehicles to use tire chains.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite call 209/372-0200. For information on road conditions outside Yosemite National Park, call Caltrans at 800/427-7623.
Did You Know?
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.