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 »
Closures for Peregrine Falcon Protection
The peregrine falcon is a fully protected species in California and a special status species in Yosemite due to its sensitivity to disturbance during the nesting season. To protect this species, the superintendent of Yosemite National Park designates peregrine nesting cliffs as areas closed to visitor use, including climbing and slack-lining activities, until peregrine chicks have fledged and dispersed from those areas.ly appreciated.
The 2013 peregrine falcon nesting season has drawn to a close and there are currently no climbing closures. Biologists monitored 12 active nest sites this year and confirmed 24 juveniles. Seven of the active nests were associated with climbing closures (Rhombus Wall, The Rostrum, Arch Rock Area, Hetch Hetchy, El Capitan Southwest Face, El Capitan Southeast Face, and Medlicott Dome). The latter two sites suffered nest failure and had climbing closures lifted earlier in the season (June 27). The total number of breeding and nesting pairs this year was similar to the 2012 season. No climbing violations occurred this year.
Did You Know?
In March 1987, the largest historical rockfall in Yosemite National Park deposited an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris at the base of Three Brothers, closing Northside Drive for several months.