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    Yosemite

    National Park California

Factors Affecting Opening of Seasonal Campgrounds

Once the Tioga Road opens, crews begin working in campgrounds and other facilities to prepare them for opening. Before campgrounds can open, crews assess the condition of the campgrounds, remove hazard and fallen trees, make emergency road repairs, de-winterize restrooms, pump vault toilets, and turn on and test water systems. Additionally, sewer and utility systems often need repair each spring.

All this work also has to happen at visitor centers, offices, residences, and other facilities, as well. Opening offices and residences for staff are a high priority because campgrounds and other facilities need staff in order to operate.

As a result, campgrounds usually don't begin opening until at least two to four weeks after the Tioga Road opens.


View the estimated opening dates for campgrounds and Tioga Road plowing status.

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Great gray owl (photo by Cameron Rognan)

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