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 Yosemite Valley Elementary School Children Given Bravery Awards
In a ceremony held at the Yosemite Valley Elementary School on December 17, 2010, three school children were given awards for Bravery for their part in a rockfall that occurred on October 5, 2010. Carmen Ortiz, Angel Ortiz, and Serra Weber were each presented with an award for Bravery by Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher at the ceremony at 6:00 p.m. in front of other students, teachers, and members of the community.
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.