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After several small rockfalls occurred yesterday in Yosemite Valley directly above the Ahwahnee Hotel, the hotel was temporarily closed for precautionary measures. The rockfalls released from the Royal Arches, a rock formation directly above the hotel. Several small rocks landed in the parking lot causing minor damage to three vehicles. No injuries or structural damage were reported.
After a geologic assessment of the area today, the decision was made to reopen the Ahwahnee at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, August 28. This opening is contingent on no further rockfall activity.
There was a series of rocks of varying sizes that landed in the parking lot adjacent to the Ahwahnee. The largest rock that fell is estimated to be 350 cubic meters.
Visitors with reservations at the Ahwahnee tonight should call DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. Central Reservations at 801-559-5000.
Rockfalls are natural occurrences in Yosemite Valley that continue to shape and reshape the granite cliffs that surround Yosemite Valley. Though many contributing factors may lead to rockfall, these types of events are unpredictable. Scientific analysis continues to be conducted in order to further understand this natural activity.