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).

 

Fire Safety Closure

August 14, 2018 (This designation will remain in place until rescinded.)

The Ferguson Fire is an ongoing wildland fire that is burning in and around Yosemite National Park since July 13th, 2018.

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 is closing the Pohono Trail from the Wawona tunnel to Bridalveil creek

The fires have crossed trails with active fire and fire hazards in the area including:

  • 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

The trail segments marked on the accompanying map entitled Fire Safety Closure dated August 14th 2018 are closed to all travel.

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The designation will remain in place until rescinded.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 closed trail from Tunnel View to Bridalveil Creek
 

Public Health and Safety Closure (due to wildfire)

The Ferguson Fire is an ongoing wildland fire that is burning within Yosemite National Park. The smoke from this tire is degrading air quality throughout the park by creating levels of particulate mat1er that le ad to the existence of unhealthy conditions. Additionally, fire suppression operations have required the closure of some park roads to provide for the safety of firefighters and fire support staff.

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

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 is closing the following roads and associated areas of Yosemite National Park:

  • The Wawona Road from Chinquapin to the Wawona Tunnel, including the entirety of the Glacier Point Road
  • The Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias

This closure will be in effect as of 9:00 am on August 14, 2018. Within the areas indicate d above all campgrounds will be closed and all visitor services will be suspended. Administrative activities and approved employees of Yosemite Hospitality are exempt from this order.

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.

This designation replaces previous closures in the area and will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map of Ferguson Fire closures.
 

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

August 15, 2018 (This designation will remain in place until rescinded.)

Yosemite National Park is experiencing extreme fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to the current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is implementing Stage 2 Fire 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, Sections 1.5(a), 1.5(a)(1) and 2.13(c):

  • The building, maintaining or attending of a wood or charcoal fire (including wood burning stoves) is prohibited within the Yosemite Wilderness, including at the High Sierra Camps, 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 or designated smoking areas.
  • Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in designated campgrounds, designated picnic areas, commercial lodging and residential areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.
  • There are no administrative exemptions to this order. Notice of closure will be posted and areas will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated.
 

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: August 14, 2018

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