Closures

The superintendent's compendium contains most closures and other Yosemite-specific regulations. Closures not included in the compendium are listed below (except for climbing closures).

 

Public Safety Closure Order

Authority

Under the authority of 54 U.S.C. Section 100751(a) and Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations §1.5(a)(1) the Superintendent is closing the following portion of the park to public use or certain activities. This closure is necessary for the following reason(s):

☒ Maintenance of public health and safety
☐ Fire Danger

Closure and/or Public Use Limit

There are numerous fires burning within and around Yosemite National Park. The smoke from these fires is degrading air quality throughout the park by creating levels of particulate matter that lead to the existence of unhealthy conditions.

In order to maintain the health and safety of park visitors and employees, and to allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent is closing all areas within the boundary of Yosemite National Park.

This closure will be in effect as of 5:00 pm on September 17, 2020. All lodges and campgrounds will be closed, and all visitor services will be suspended.

Exceptions

All residents, employees, partners, cooperators, approved critical employees of Yosemite Hospitality and/or government officials conducting approved administrative activities are exempt from this order.

Determination

The NPS issues this administrative order for the purposes of maintaining public health and safety during periods of poor air quality. This order is consistent with guidance, best practices, and recommendations from federal, state and local authorities and in consultation with NPS Public Health Officers. The current conditions of air quality in combination with COVID-19 pose a risk to public and employee health and safety. It is in the interests of employee and visitor safety that these outdoor visitation locations be closed. The effectiveness of this order will be assessed on an ongoing basis and this order will be modified or rescinded when conditions warrant.

Public Notice

Pursuant to 36 CFR §1.7 notification of this closure and/or public use limitation will be made through the following means:

☒ Signs posted at conspicuous locations along the affected roads and trails.
☒ Maps available in the office of the superintendent.
☐ Publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the affected area.
☒ Other methods (may include use of electronic media, park brochures, maps and handouts).

This closure and/or public use limitation is in effect when signed by the Superintendent and will remain in effect until rescinded.

 

Public Safety Closure

September 17, 2020

Authority

Under the authority of 54 U.S.C. Section 100751(a) and Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations §1.5(a)(1) the Superintendent is closing the following portion of the park to public use or certain activities. This closure is necessary for the following reason(s):

☒ Maintenance of public health and safety
☒ Fire Danger

Closure and/or Public Use Limit

The Creek Fire is approaching the southern boundary of Yosemite National Park and is likely to enter the park in the near future. To provide for public safety and to allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the trails (including adjacent off trail areas) in the southern portion of the park are closed to all travel, including all trailheads on the south side of Glacier Point Road with the following exceptions: Mono Meadow and Glacier Point trailheads remain open to Nevada Fall and the Buena Vista Trail Junction. Refer to the accompanying map entitled Creek Fire Safety Closure Version 2 for more detail.

Exceptions

There are no exceptions to this order.

Determination

This Public Safety Closure is required in order to maintain the health and safety of park visitors and employees and to allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded.

Public Notice Strategy

Pursuant to 36 CFR §1.7 notice of this temporary and partial closure and/or public use limitation will be made through the following means:

☒ Signs posted at conspicuous locations along the affected roads and trails.
☒ Maps available in the Office of the Superintendent.
☐ Publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the affected area.
☒ Other methods (may include use of electronic media, park brochures, maps and handouts).

This closure and/or public use limitation is in effect when signed by the Superintendent and remain in effect until rescinded.

 
Map showing most trails south of Glacier Point Road closed
 

Fire Safety Closure

September 13, 2020

The Blue Jay Fire is a lightning fire, ignited in Yosemite National Park on July 24th, 2020

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section l.5(a) and Section (a)(l):

In order to maintain the health and safety of park visitors and employees, and to allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park has closed:

  • Ten Lakes trail to the Lukens Lake Junction (first junction north of Tioga road)
  • Middle Fork Tuolumne River trail between Ten lakes and Lukens Lake trails
  • Lukens Lake Trail from Tioga Road to Lukens Lake
  • Lukens Lake Trailhead to Yosemite Creek
  • Yosemite Creek trails from Tioga Road to the north rim of Yosemite Valley

The trail segments marked on the accompanying map entitled Blue Jay Fire Safety Closure Version 4 are closed to all travel.

The Blue Jay Fire has crossed trails with active fire and fire hazards in the area include:

  • Falling limbs, snags (dead standing trees), and fire damaged trees
  • Possible smoky conditions which may cause respiratory problems
  • Poor visibility due to smoke
  • Hot ash and unseen hazards

Notice of closure will be posted and area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see attached map for more information.

The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map showing trail closure along Yosemite Creek as well as Lukens to Ten Lakes junction, closed
 

Public Use Limitation (Public Health Emergency)

July 17, 2020

Coronavirus, the virus responsible for the disease COVID-19, has caused a public health emergency as declared by Mariposa County, the State of California, and the United States Government. In consultation with local, county, and state public health officials and guidance provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in order to maintain public health and safety, certain public use limits, restrictions, or closures are warranted to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at the individual and population level by limiting social interactions and preventing inadvertent exposures.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a), Section (a)(1) and Section (a)(2):

Starting Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5:00 am, the following use limitations are in effect within Yosemite National Park:

  • All persons (except authorized guests of park residents) entering Yosemite National Park by motorized vehicle must have a valid Yosemite National Park vehicle day use permit, wilderness permit, Half Dome permit, or overnight accommodations within the park, Yosemite West, Foresta, or Section 35 (Wawona).
  • The Public Use Limit for day use vehicles has been established at 1700 vehicles per day.
  • Upon entry, each vehicle which presents proof of a valid day use reservation, wilderness permit, Half Dome permit, or proof of reserved overnight accommodations within the park, will be issued a Yosemite National Park vehicle permit. Vehicle permits must be displayed in the vehicle’s windshield at all times except at Hetch Hetchy.
  • Individuals entering the park for pass through purposes will pay the $35 park entrance fee. Those visitors will be given a pass through permit and will be required to depart the park within the timeframe established depending on their intended departure gate. Vehicles traveling between South Entrance, El Portal or Big Oak Flat shall receive two hours to complete their pass through. Vehicles traveling between Tioga Pass and any of the above referenced gates will receive three hours to complete their pass through. Vehicles must proceed directly from the entry point to the exit point without detour. Vehicles found unoccupied or within the Valley, east of El Capitan Crossover will be issued citations.
  • Visitors without an in-park or Yosemite West overnight reservation or wilderness permit are prohibited from entering or being present in the park between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am.
  • Individuals shall not congregate in groups of 11 or more at any time; all individuals shall maintain social distancing of 6 feet with all but members of the same household.
  • Park residents who have been directed by a Public Health Official or the Superintendent to be in “Isolation” or “Quarantine” shall stay within their residence at all times except to receive medical care until cleared by a Public Health Official or medical professional. Administrative exemptions or modifications to the specified quarantine measures may be made for community members who perform certain critical community infrastructure or response roles as determined by the Park Superintendent.

Mather District

  • Hetch Hetchy day use hours are established as 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, unless otherwise authorized by permit. Entry to the area will be restricted when parking is no longer available. Day use visitors must exit the area prior to 5:00 pm.
  • Hetch Hetchy day use does not require a Yosemite National Park vehicle day use permit for entrance. Entrance fees paid at Hetch Hetchy do not provide for entrance into the rest of Yosemite National Park unless the owner also has a Yosemite National Park vehicle day use permit, a wilderness permit for trailheads outside Hetch Hetchy, a Half Dome permit, or overnight accommodations within the park, Yosemite West, Foresta, or Section 35 (Wawona).

Valley District

  • All hikers who descend from the Vernal Fall Viewing Platform between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm must descend using the John Muir Trail.

Wawona District

  • Chowchilla Mountain Road is open to foot, bicycle, and equestrian traffic only.

These measures are being enacted to maintain public health and safety. The area will be monitored to ensure compliance with these limits and/or restrictions. This designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 

Public and Employee Safety Closure

June 10, 2020

Coronavirus, the virus responsible for the disease COVID-19, has caused a public health emergency as declared by Mariposa County, the State of California, and the United States Government. In consultation with local, county, and state public health officials and guidance provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in order to maintain the safety of park visitors, employees, and residents while allowing management and administrative operations to continue, the Superintendent is designating the following area closures in Yosemite National Park.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):

Crane Flat Fire Lookout and Helibase

The Crane Flat Helibase (including the parking lots, rappel towers, helicopter pad, fire lookout tower, and office buildings), Crane Flat Lookout Road, and the social trail that connects from the southern end of the Tuolumne Grove parking lot to Crane Flat Lookout Road are closed to public entry.

This area is closed to protect the health and safety of Yosemite National Park Firefighters and Heliquest contractors that operate, maintain, and staff the park contract helicopter. This operation is critical to the health and safety of park visitors and residents.

Lower Yosemite Falls Amphitheater

The Lower Yosemite Falls Amphitheater and boulder field, as accessed via the off-trail area to the northwest of the Lower Falls Footbridge, Lower Falls Overlook, and/or the adjacent paved trail to the base of Lower Falls and adjacent cliffs, is closed (see attached map).

All Lower Yosemite Falls Amphitheater climbing routes in this area are closed.

The area is closed to prevent visitor injury and to decrease the potential exposure of NPS rescue personnel to COVID-19 due to rescue efforts.

Notice of closure will be posted and areas will be monitored to ensure compliance. Please see attached maps for more information.

The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map showing closure of Lower Yosemite Fall boulders and Crane Flat helibase
 

Yosemite National Park Fire Restrictions

August 20, 2020

Due to high fire danger and enhanced risk to the public, employees, and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, Yosemite National Park is enacting park-wide fire restrictions to reduce the threat of human-caused wildfires.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.13(c):

  • The building, maintaining, or attending of a wood fire, charcoal fire, or twig stove is prohibited within Yosemite National Park at all elevations.
  • Portable stoves using pressurized gas, liquid fuel, or propane are permitted, as are alcohol stoves (with and without a shutoff valve) including alcohol tablet/cube stoves.
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, designated campgrounds, designated picnic areas, paved developed areas, and designated smoking areas.
  • Campfires and cooking fires may be used in designated open campgrounds and open picnic areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.
  • Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in residential areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.

Notice of closure will be posted and areas will be monitored to ensure compliance. This designation will remain in place until rescinded or superseded. Administrative exemptions require the written approval of the Superintendent; all conditions listed on the administrative exemption must be followed for the exemption to be valid.

 

Safety Closure (Wildlife Protection)

May 31, 2017 (The designation will remain in place until rescinded.)

Due to increasing bear activity along the Snow Creek Trail and the resulting potential for negative human-bear interactions, the area to the south and east of the footbridge as depicted on the attached map will be closed to overnight camping. The National Park Service will continue to monitor bear activity in this area and will re-open the area to camping as soon as conditions allow.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) (1):

The area marked on the accompanying map entitled Wildlife Safety Closure dated May 31, 2017 is closed to overnight camping or unattended food (even when stored properly).

The marked area remains open for day use.

Notice of closure will be posted and area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see map below for more information.


 
The area at the top of Snow Creek east of the trail is closed to camping

Last updated: September 18, 2020

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