Safety Closure (Special Event)
The natural phenomenon of the interaction between the setting sun backlighting Horsetail Fall, also known as “The Firefall”, will last from approximately Tuesday, February 12 through Sunday, February 24, 2019. In order for the public to safely experience this event, recently experienced and future forecast weather have created conditions that require modified traffic flow conditions in some areas of Yosemite Valley. In order to provide for public safety and the protection of natural resources the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is implementing the following use restrictions until further notice is given.
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):
Starting February 12, 2019 at noon the following areas within Yosemite National Park will have the specified restrictions:
The closure 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.
Management actions are exempted from this order. This designation will remain in place until rescinded.
Safety Closure (Wildlife Protection)May 31, 2017 (The designation will remain in place until rescinded.)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.
Last updated: February 8, 2019