• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Driving Directions when the Tioga Road is Closed

The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park, from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass) is usually closed from November through late May or early June. (View a list of opening and closing dates.)

When the Tioga Road is closed, alternate routes are available to get to various destinations.

  • Lee Vining/Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes
    Distance: 390 miles/624 km, 410 miles/656 km
    Time: 8 hours
    Travel north on US 395 to Minden; take Highway 757 west to Highway 206 south to Highway 207 north to US 50 west.

  • Death Valley
    Distance: 450 mi/720 km
    Time: 9 hours
    Take Highway 190 west to US 395; take US 395 south to its junction with Highway 14. Take Highway 14 south to Mojave. In Mojave, take Highway 58 to Bakersfield. From Bakersfield, head north on Highway 99 to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.

  • Las Vegas
    Distance: 495 mi/797 km
    Time: 8-10 hours
    Take I-15 west to Barstow; Highway 58 west to Bakersfield; take Highway 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.

  • Lake Tahoe and Reno
    Distance: 315 mi/507 km (Reno)
    Time: 8 hours
    Take I-80 or I-50 west to Sacramento; take Highway 99 south to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.

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Did You Know?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.