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 Use Limitation (Public Health Emergency)

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 while allowing management and administrative operations to continue, the Superintendent is designating the entirety of Yosemite National Park as closed to all but residents and authorized employees of the National Park Service (NPS), park concessioners, and partners (Yosemite National Park Safety Closure – Public Health Emergency dated March 20, 2020). For those who are authorized to be present within the closure area, certain public use limits, restrictions or closures are warranted and will be enforced.

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, March 20, 2020 at 3 pm, the following public use limits and/or restrictions are in effect within Yosemite National Park:

  • Generally, individuals should stay inside or in the immediate proximity of their residence as much as possible unless they are
    • performing mission critical work for the NPS or an authorized Park Partner, or
    • participating in essential activities (procuring food or medicine, traveling to a healthcare facility, etc.).
  • Individuals may recreate outside for purposes of exercise provided they are maintaining social distancing of 6 feet.
  • Individuals shall not congregate in groups of 11 or more at any time. Smaller groups are recommended in order to maintain appropriate social distancing practices.

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. Your cooperation in complying with these measures is greatly appreciated.

This designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 

Safety Closure (Public Health Emergency)

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 entirety of Yosemite National Park as closed to all but residents and authorized employees of the National Park Service (NPS), park concessioners, and partners. This order remains in effect until further notice.

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 Friday, March 20, 2020 at 3 pm, Yosemite National Park is closed to all individuals with the exception of:

  • Residents of all communities within the legislative boundary of Yosemite National Park.
  • Residents of Yosemite West who are using NPS roads to access their residences.
  • Authorized NPS employees.
  • Authorized contractor of the NPS.
  • Authorized employees or contractors of Yosemite Hospitality, The Ansel Adams Gallery, NatureBridge, Yosemite Conservancy, the United States Postal Service, or other authorized park partners.

Residents are defined as 1) employees who have been assigned a government or concessioner housing unit within Yosemite National Park by an organization that is authorized to do so and 2) owners or long-term (28 days or greater) renters of houses in Section 35 (Wawona), Aspen Valley, Yosemite West, or Foresta. Authorized employees are individuals who are actively engaged in work directed by a supervisor or management official of the NPS, authorized NPS concessioner, or partner who have operations based in Yosemite National Park. The presence of individuals who are not included in the above definitions, to include guests of residents and authorized employees, is prohibited.
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.

This designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map showing all of Yosemite National Park closed
 

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: March 21, 2020

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