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  • 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.

Special Programs

View our weekly special, children, and evening program listings for additional programs.

Parsons Lodge. Photo by Doug Harnsberger.

Parsons Memorial Lodge

Tuolumne Meadows

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Yosemite Forum

Yosemite Valley

An interactive lecture series designed to bring evolving knowledge of the Sierra Nevada to the public and the park. Sponsored by the Yosemite National Park Division of Resources Management and Science.

11th Annual Yosemite Facelift: September 2014

Volunteer to help clean up Yosemite! Join the National Park Service and the Yosemite Climbing Association for this official National Public Lands Day event, picking up litter and performing special projects to clean up Yosemite after a busy summer. All volunteers must register on site to participate (no advance registration), and should wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and be prepared for the weather. For more information contact 209/379-1850 or email us.

Volunteers working in a meadow
Join the Weekly Volunteer Drop-In Program!

Yosemite Valley

The drop-in volunteer program happens every Wednesday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Meet a ranger at 9 am in front of the Valley Visitor Center for a three-hour project. Whether it’s your first time to the park or you are a returning visitor, come create new memories and take an active role in protecting your national park.

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Stars Over Yosemite

Glacier Point

During summer, amateur astronomy clubs host star parties at Glacier Point Amphitheater in cooperation with the National Park Service.

June 20-21: Sonoma County Astronomical Society (S.C.A.S.)
June 27-28: Tri-Valley Stargazers
July 18-19: Santa Cruz Astronomy Club (SCAC)
July 25-26: San Jose Astronomical Association
August 2-3: Peninsula Astronomical Society
August 29-30: Central Valley Astronomers
August 29-September 1: Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society (SVAS)

Did You Know?

Merced River Gorge

Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.