November 13, 2017
Yosemite National Park is Now Recruiting for Summer Seasonal Positions
Yosemite National Park has approximately 300 seasonal job openings for the summer of 2018. There are positions open in all areas of the park. In addition to Yosemite, there are seasonal jobs opportunities at many of the over 400 National Park Service units across the country.
November 09, 2017
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Celebrate the Winners of the 2017 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery will celebrate the winners of the 2017 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest from 11 am to noon on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The celebration reception will take place in front of The Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Village.
November 08, 2017
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day Weekend
Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 2017. This fee free weekend is offered to all park visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
November 01, 2017
Yosemite National Park to Close Glacier Point Road and Tioga Road at 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 2, 2017
Yosemite National Park will close the Glacier Point Road and Tioga Road to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 2, 2017 due to incoming winter storms. This closure will remain in effect through the weekend and road conditions will be assessed on Monday, November 6, 2017.
October 26, 2017
Yosemite National Park Expands the Park’s Museum Web Catalog
Yosemite National Park has expanded and improved the Yosemite Museum’s Web Catalog to enhance the public’s ability to experience a wide variety of historically significant items. Visitors are invited to explore more than 2,000 catalog records for objects and images from the Yosemite Museum collection. These records include American Indian basketry, historic objects related to John Muir, and photographs taken by Carleton Watkins and George Fiske.
October 24, 2017
National Park Service Proposes Targeted Fee Increases at Parks to Address Maintenance Backlog
As part of its commitment to improve the visitor experience and ensure America’s national parks are protected in perpetuity, the National Park Service (NPS) is considering increases to fees at highly visited national parks during peak visitor seasons. Proposed peak season entrance fees and revised fees for road-based commercial tours would generate badly needed revenue for improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks. This includes roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services.
October 18, 2017
Yosemite National Park Implements Road and Campground Improvements
On Northside Drive, work is being done to repave the road and add curbing for safety and resource protection. Work is also being done to realign portions of the road and do some sewer and utility work. The work on this portion of the road is in addition to work completed earlier this year which included a total redesign of the Yosemite Village Parking Area (formerly known as Camp 6), installation of a roundabout, and the repaving of the road from Stoneman Bridge to Yosemite Village. The total cost of the roadwork is approximately $14 million, coming from Federal Highway Administration, and the Recreational Fee Program.
October 18, 2017
Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Alexander Sevier
Yosemite National Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Alexander Joseph Sevier, a visitor who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on May 3, 2017. Sevier, a member of the U.S. Navy was staying in Housekeeping Camp and was witnessed going out on day hikes each day during his visit. When he was reported missing, Park Rangers, with the aid of search dogs and a CHP helicopter, launched an extensive search looking for him. The search has been ongoing.
October 13, 2017
Yosemite National Park Celebrates the 8th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards
Yosemite National Park is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the park’s Volunteer of the Year awards. These prestigious awards are bestowed annually to outstanding volunteers in nine different categories for exemplary service in Yosemite National Park.
September 28, 2017
Another Rockfall in Yosemite National Park
Another rockfall occurred on the Southeast face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park this afternoon at 3:21 p.m. The rockfall is significantly larger than yesterday's rockfalls. Geologists are assessing the size and weight of the rockfall and these estimates are forthcoming.
September 28, 2017
Additional Information on Rockfall in Yosemite National Park
A series of rockfalls occurred yesterday afternoon from the Southeast face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Seven rockfalls occurred over a four-hour time span, with the initial rockfall happening at 1:52 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time.
September 27, 2017
Rockfall in Yosemite National Park
A rockfall of undetermined size occurred in Yosemite National Park this afternoon at about 1:55 p.m. this afternoon. The rockfall was reported to have happened from El Capitan, a granite monolith above Yosemite Valley. The release point appears to be near the "Waterfall Route", a popular climbing route on the East Buttress of El Capitan. This is the area where Horsetail Fall flows in winter and spring conditions.
September 25, 2017
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Sponsor 7th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest
Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery announce the seventh annual Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography and Poetry Contest. The Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest celebrate the creativity of youth in Yosemite’s gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park, including the communities of Bass Lake, Groveland, Chawanakee, Mammoth, Bishop, Mariposa, Oakhurst, and Sonora, California. Students should submit artwork, photographs and poetry no later than Friday, October 13, 2017.
September 22, 2017
14th Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park
Extensive Parkwide Clean-Up Event to Occur September 27 – October 1, 2017.
August 29, 2017
Yosemite National Park Adds Two New Shuttle Buses to Serve Park Visitors
Yosemite National Park has added two new shuttle buses to the park's fleet that serve over 3.7 million visitors each year. With the addition of these two new diesel-electric hybrid buses, Yosemite National Park operates 27 shuttle buses that serve visitors in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, and Glacier Point.
July 21, 2017
Yosemite National Park Remains Open
Yosemite National Park remains open with all hotels, lodges, stores and campgrounds that have opened for the season are fully open and operational. All entrances to Yosemite National Park are open. Visitors can get to Yosemite Valley via Highway 140 from Mariposa, Highway 41 from Fresno, Highway 120 West from Groveland, and Highway 120 East from Lee Vining and US Route 395.
July 17, 2017
Limited Number of Day Parking Reservations Still Available for Yosemite Valley
There are a limited number of day parking reservations still available for visitors planning a trip to Yosemite Valley on weekends this August. Securing a free day parking reservation in Yosemite Valley will greatly enhance a visitor’s experience during weekends in August, the park’s busiest month. These reservations are free (with a $1.50 service fee per reservation) and can be booked online (www.recreation.gov) or by phone at 1-877-444-6777.
June 29, 2017
Park Ranger Sharon Miyako Receives Prestigious Award at Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is proud to announce that Park Ranger Sharon Miyako is the recipient of the 2016 Barry Hance Memorial Award. This ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients.
June 28, 2017
Yosemite National Park Expects Busy Fourth of July Weekend
Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend. The park expects high visitation, especially from Thursday, June 29, 2017 until Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
June 27, 2017
Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Open to All Vehicular Traffic Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park (Highway 120 through the park) will open for the season to all vehicular traffic beginning at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 29, 2017. There will be limited visitor services available from the Tioga Pass Entrance Station to Crane Flat. Tioga Road will open for bicycle and pedestrian users at 8:00 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
June 23, 2017
Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Remains Closed
The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park (Highway 120 through the park) remains closed to all vehicular traffic, including bicycles. Park staff and partners continue to conduct necessary repairs to power, communications, water, and sewer systems along the Tioga Road following a record-breaking year for winter snowpack.
June 21, 2017
Yosemite National Park Announces Pilot Day Use Parking Reservation Program for 2017
Yosemite National Park announces the second phase of a multi-year pilot program where visitors will be able to reserve a limited number of parking spaces at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area, located directly west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and south of Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley, for four weekends, including Saturdays and Sundays, in August 2017.
June 13, 2017
El Portal Road in Yosemite National Park Remains Closed
The El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance into Yosemite National Park remain closed due to a rockslide that occurred yesterday around Noon. Yosemite National Park staff are assessing the area and the road will remain closed at least through the weekend of June 17-18, 2017. After the assessment is complete, crews will begin to remove rock debris and repair the road to make it safe for visitors to travel on. There is no estimate for when the road will reopen.
June 12, 2017
Rockfall Closes El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance (Highway 140) Entrance to Yosemite National Park
A rockfall reported today around Noon has closed the El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance in Yosemite National Park. The rockfall was reported inside the park boundary about two miles east of the park line in El Portal. There are no injuries or damage to traveling vehicles reported.
June 02, 2017
Night Closure to Take Place on Big Oak Flat Road Inside Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park will close the Big Oak Flat Road to all vehicular traffic, from Crane Flat to Foresta, in order to finish repairs and repave the road. This closure will be in place from 11:00 pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017 to 5:00 am on Monday, June 5, 2017.
May 31, 2017
Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will be in Place for Visitors on June 2, 2017
The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will be in place for visitor use this Friday, June 2, 2017. The trail will be wet and icy in places and visitors planning to ascend Half Dome are encouraged to be prepared for winter hiking conditions.
May 23, 2017
Yosemite National Park Anticipates Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend
Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day weekend. The park expects high visitation, especially from Friday, May 26, 2017 until Monday, May 29, 2017. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at Yosemite before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm. Once in the park, visitors are urged to park their vehicles at the Yosemite Village, Yosemite Falls, or Half Dome Village parking areas and enjoy Yosemite Valley by using the free shuttle bus service, bike paths, and hiking trails. Parking in Yosemite Valley is limited and parking is expected to fill early.
May 12, 2017
Yosemite National Park Announces One Night Closure on Big Oak Flat Road
Yosemite National Park will close the Big Oak Flat Road to all vehicular traffic from 9:00 pm on Monday, May 15, 2017 to 5:00 am on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
May 11, 2017
Yosemite National Park to Increase Half Dome Permit Fees
Yosemite National Park will increase the permit fees for ascending Half Dome to a $10 application fee and a $10 permit fee. These fee increases will take effect when weather and snow conditions allow the Half Dome cables to be installed, at the end of May or early June 2017.
May 10, 2017
Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Thursday, May 11, 2017
Yosemite National Park will open the Glacier Point Road to all vehicular traffic at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
May 08, 2017
Yosemite National Park Continues Search For Missing Person
Yosemite National Park Rangers continue to search for Alexander Joseph Sevier, who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday morning, May 3rd. Sevier, an active member of the U.S Navy, traveled to Yosemite alone, and arrived in the park on Monday, May 1. He was staying at Housekeeping Camp and neighbors in the camp told Park Rangers that Sevier would go out for day hikes each day. He would hike alone each day, and return to Housekeeping Camp in the evening.
April 25, 2017
Yosemite National Park Announces Re-Opening of Big Oak Flat Road
Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that the Big Oak Flat road will reopen to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 am on Monday, May 1, 2017. Visitors entering the park via Highway 120 West will once again be able to drive via Big Oak Flat road to Yosemite Valley.
April 20, 2017
Tourism to Yosemite National Park Creates $686,339,500 in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service report shows that 5,028,868 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2016 spent $520,629,100 in communities near the park. That spending supported 7883 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $686,339,500.
April 18, 2017
Yosemite National Park Continues to Repair Big Oak Flat Road
Yosemite National Park reports that progress continues to be made on repairs to the Big Oak Flat road. In early April, road crews dug down 65 feet to the bottom of an underground spring that caused soils to erode. The slope has been stabilized and soil and rock have been brought into the park to rebuild the roadbed. As of today, the roadbed has been built up 26 feet, which is about half way to the surface of the road. The park pledges to announce an opening date for the Big Oak Flat road as soon as it becomes available.
April 07, 2017
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on the Weekends of National Park Week
Yosemite National Park will waive park entrance fees on the weekends of National Park Week, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 – 16 and April 22-23, 2017.
April 07, 2017
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day Saturday April 22 2017
Visitors are invited to join the park’s celebration for Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, Park Rx Day, and National Park Week.
April 04, 2017
Yosemite National Park Continues to Repair Big Oak Flat Road
Yosemite National Park reports that significant progress has been made on repairs to the Big Oak Flat road. Road crews have hit the bottom of an underground spring that caused soils to erode, and are working to stabilize and rebuild the road. The park pledges to announce an opening date for the Big Oak Flat road as soon as it becomes available.
April 03, 2017
Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy Launch New Website to Protect Bears with First-Ever Online Bear Tracker
Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy today announced the launch of KeepBearsWild.org, a new website to protect the park’s iconic black bears. The website features the National Park Service’s first online bear tracker, information on ways for the public to help save bears, and eye-opening photography and videos not before available to the public.
March 13, 2017
Yosemite National Park Continues Work to Repair Big Oak Flat Road
Yosemite National Park continues work to repair the Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 ) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe winter storms have impacted the road and it has been unsafe for vehicular travel since late February. The park is working with Federal Highway Administration officials and contractors to completely assess the situation and design and implement repair work. There is no estimated date for the road to reopen.
February 27, 2017
Vehicular Access to Yosemite Valley Remains Available Only via Highway 140
Vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is currently available only via to Highway 140 (El Portal Road). The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) remains closed within the park between Crane Flat and Foresta due to storm damage. Highway 41 just south of the park entrance in Fish Camp, CA is closed, also due to recent storm damage.
February 17, 2017
The Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) in Yosemite National Park will be Closed Daily from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am
The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park (Hwy 120) will be closed daily from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am between Crane Flat and Foresta due to storm-related road damage. These closures will remain in effect fromFriday, February 17, 2017 until at least Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Visitors entering Yosemite from the Big Oak Flat entrance will not have access to Yosemite Valley during the closure hours. Due to the condition of the road, it is not safe for nighttime vehicular travel.
February 09, 2017
Visitors to Yosemite Encouraged to Delay Arrival on February 10, 2017
Visitors planning to visit Yosemite National Park on Friday, February 10, 2017, are encouraged to delay arrival until after 12:00 noon due to overnight storm activity. Storm systems coming through Yosemite National Park are expected to result in heavy rain. Water and debris may be washed into roadways.
February 07, 2017
The Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) is Closed in Yosemite National Park Water and debris on El Portal Road (Hwy 140) and Wawona Road (Hwy 41)
The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park (Hwy 120) is currently closed from Crane Flat to Foresta due to a rockfall. On Sunday morning, February 5, 2017, debris and several boulders fell into the road. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via The Big Oak Flat Road. Park road crews have been working to clear the roadway. At this time, there is no estimated time that the road will reopen.
There is also water and debris on both the El Portal Road (Hwy 140) and Wawona Road (Hwy 41). All visitors coming to Yosemite National Park are encouraged to drive with caution. Several storm systems will be moving through Yosemite National Park over the next several days. Temporary road closures may go into effect at any time for the safety of park visitors.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1.
January 13, 2017
El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has Reopened
The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has reopened to all vehicular traffic, with delays. The road is open one lane, with controlled traffic, and visitors are asked to not stop along the road en route to Yosemite Valley. The road may close again at any time in the event of hazardous driving conditions.
January 12, 2017
El Portal Road (Highway 140) and Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) Closed Due to Rockfall
The El Portal Road (Highway 140) and the Big Oak Flat Road (iIghway 120) are currently closed due to a series of rockfalls early this morning. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via Highways 140 and 120. The only vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is along the Wawona Road (Highway 41). Highway 140 is closed at the park line Highway 120 is closed at the Big Oak Flat Entrance due to heavy snowfall and dangerous driving conditions.
January 10, 2017
El Portal Road Highway 140 into Yosemite National Park has Reopened
The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has reopened to all traffic following a rockfall. The road is anticipated to stay open throughout the day. The road will close this evening at 6:00 p.m. to all vehicular traffic based on weather and rockfall concerns.
January 06, 2017
All Roads Leading into Yosemite Valley to Close Today at 5:00 pm
All roads leading into Yosemite Valley will close today at 5:00 pm in anticipation of a significant winter storm moving into the region early tomorrow morning, Saturday, January 7, 2017. There will be no visitor services available throughout the storm. Visitors intending to visit Yosemite National Park are highly encouraged to monitor weather reports and check road conditions before departing. These closures are being implemented to ensure the safety of park visitors and employees during the coming storm.
January 04, 2017
Yosemite National Park Expects Significant Precipitation Over the Next Several Days
Yosemite National Park is making preparations for visitor and employee safety in response to weather reports predicting significant precipitation, and possible flooding, over the next several days and through the weekend. The predictions for significant rainfall in Yosemite Valley, well above flood stage on the Merced River, could prompt the park to be closed in the next few days. People planning trips to the park, beginning tomorrow, Thursday January 5, 2017, should make alternate plans if the park does close.
December 01, 2016
Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park are Closed for the Season
The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the last several weeks have resulted in snow accumulation throughout the park. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year.
November 04, 2016
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day
Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public in honor of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, 2016. This fee free day is offered to all park visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
November 01, 2016
El Portal Road (Hwy 140) Within Yosemite National Park to Reopen
The El Portal Road (Hwy 140) within Yosemite National Park will reopen this evening to all vehicular traffic at 7:00 pm this evening. The road closed yesterday afternoon due to a rockfall, which resulted in several large boulders falling and landing on the road. There were no injuries associated with the rockfall.