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.
Renting a Bear Canister
You must use approved bear canisters throughout the Yosemite Wilderness to store all your food. (Read more...)
Bear Canister Rentals
Garcia Backpackers' Cache canisters are 12 inches (30 cm) tall, 8.8 inches (22.4 cm) in diameter, have a volume of 615 cubic inches (10 L), and weigh 2 pounds, 11 ounces (1.2 kg).
You may be able to rent other allowed bear canisters by directly contacting a manufacturer.
(Check current hours for these wilderness centers.)
To Return a Canister in Yosemite
You can return bear canisters 24 hours per day to any wilderness permit station.
If the station is open, please return to the front desk for quicker processing. If the station is closed, you can find a drop box outside the permit station.
To Return a Canister by Mail
Mail canisters to:
Did You Know?
Yosemite has a full-time sign language interpreter in the park every summer? The Yosemite Deaf Services Program began in 1979 and provides a variety of services to make sure the park is accessible for all of Yosemite's D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors. More...