Tioga & Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Winter
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed due to snow; they usually reopen late May or June. You can check on current road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). More »
Visiting in April
April is a great month for spending time in Yosemite Valley. The waterfalls are flowing very nicely with spring snowmelt and the weather is usually fair (although, rain or snow is still possible).
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed. The Mariposa Grove Road usually opens sometime in April, conditions permitting. (In April, the Mariposa Grove Road usually has a seven- or fourteen-ton weight limit.)
Areas to Visit
The road to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias may be closed (it usually opens sometime in April), but it's possible to walk up the road even if it's closed to cars (two miles and 500 feet elevation change each way).
Hetch Hetchy, a valley similar to Yosemite Valley that was dammed, is generally snow-free and Wapama and Tueeulala Falls are flowing nicely.
Hiking and Backpacking
Outside of Yosemite Valley, snow may still be present in the Upper Mariposa Grove, but the lower grove is usually mostly snow-free. Chilnualna Falls Trail (Wawona) may be mostly snow-free and hiking to Wapama and Rancheria Falls (Hetch Hetchy) is another usually snow-free option.
There are no multi-night backpacking options in April that do not involve hiking and camping in the snow. (Read more about winter backpacking.)
Did You Know?
Natural fires in Yosemite are often no more than a single burning snag (standing dead tree) or a slow moving, low intensity fire that cleans underbrush from the forest floor. These fires prevent unwanted fires by removing accumulating forest debris that can fuel a larger fire in hot, dry conditions.