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 29, 2017
Yosemite National Park Continues to Repair Big Oak Flat Road
Yosemite National Park continues to repair the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe winter storms that have given new life to an underground spring caused saturated, heavy soils under the road to slide downhill. Over 200 feet of roadway has been impacted. As a result of the slide, the Big Oak Flat road from Crane Flat to Foresta Junction has been unsafe for vehicular travel and closed for repairs since late February. There is no estimated date for the road to reopen.
March 27, 2017
Yosemite Conservancy Provides $12 Million to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Conservancy is providing $12 million in support to Yosemite National Park for 34 projects in 2017 including building a new trail to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias along a historic stage-coach route, restoring bee, butterfly and hummingbird habitat, and studying species in Ackerson Meadow, the newest area of the park.
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.
March 06, 2017
Woman Struck By Falling Tree Dies in Yosemite National Park
A woman was struck and killed by a falling tree in Yosemite National Park on Sunday morning March 5, 2017, The tragic accident occurred in Half Dome Village, in Yosemite Valley, at around 10:00 a.m. yesterday morning, amid heavy snow and high winds.
March 02, 2017
Yosemite National Park Working to Repair Big Oak Flat Road
Yosemite National Park is moving forward with repairs to the damaged Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe storms have impacted the road and it continues to be unsafe for vehicular travel, and has been closed since late February. The Federal Highways Administration has selected a contractor to repair the road. Work is expected to begin next week.
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 22, 2017
Vehicular Access to Yosemite Valley Available Only via Highway 140
Vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is restricted to Highway 140 (El Portal Road) due to road damage in and around Yosemite National Park. The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) is 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 08, 2017
The Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) in Yosemite National Park is Open
The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park (Hwy 120) has reopened to all vehicular traffic following a rockfall that occurred on Sunday morning, February 5, 2017. Visitors are urged to drive with caution along the road, as there is the possibility of more mud and debris entering the roadway.
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 11, 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. The road is open and clear, yet visitors are asked to not stop along the road enroute to Yosemite Valley. The road may close again at any time in the event of hazardous driving conditions. The Hetch Hetchy Road has also reopened to all vehicular traffic.
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 09, 2017
Yosemite Valley to Reopen to Visitors Tomorrow Morning,Tuesday, January 10, at 8:00 a.m.
Yosemite Valley will reopen for day-use visitors tomorrow morning, January 10, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the El Portal Road (Highway 140) due to a rockfall that occurred early this morning. There is no estimated day or time for the road to reopen. The Hetch Hetchy Road is also closed due to a rockfall. Visitors should be aware that there will be limited visitor services and plan accordingly. Overnight accommodations and commercial services operated by the park concessioner are slated to reopen on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Campgrounds in Yosemite Valley are slated to be open for tomorrow evening.
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 16, 2016
Yosemite National Park Reopens Roads to Yosemite Valley
All roads leading into Yosemite Valley have reopened. Additionally, campgrounds, lodging, restaurants, and facilities within Yosemite Valley are open and fully operational. This reopening is possible because the Merced River crested below flood stage early this morning, resulting in no major damage to park roads or operations. All roads leading into Yosemite Valley were closed last evening at 5:00 p.m.due to a forecast of flood conditions with a strong storm coming into the Yosemite area.
December 15, 2016
Yosemite National Park Under Winter Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and flash flood watch for today, Thursday through Friday, December 15, 2016 for the Yosemite region. Flooding will occur on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Two to four inches of rain are forecasted today through Friday, with some areas receiving as much as six inches. Heavy snow is predicted for the Sierra Mountains with as much as six feet along the crest. Rainfall during this storm will raise water levels in the Merced River over 14’, several feet above flood stage at the Pohono River Gauge.
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 07, 2016
Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Reopen Today at Noon
The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will reopen at Noon today to all vehicular traffic. The road has been closed due to recent storm activity in the Yosemite region.
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.
October 31, 2016
El Portal Road (Hwy 140) Closed Within Yosemite National Park
The El Portal Road (Hwy 140) is closed within Yosemite National Park due to a rockfall this afternoon. The closure is in place from the park line to the Cascades picnic area. Several large boulders on the road prohibit vehicular traffic.
October 28, 2016
Yosemite National Park Closes Tioga Road
Current winter storm activity has created hazardous driving conditions along Tioga Road. Yosemite National Park has closed Tioga Road from from Crane Flat to Lee Vining. This closure will be in place until further notice.
October 28, 2016
Yosemite National Park to Close Tioga and Glacier Point Roads
With several major storms expected in the Yosemite Area this weekend, Yosemite National Park is closing Tioga Road at 3:00 pm and Glacier Point Road at 5:00 pm, on Saturday October 29, 2016. This closure will be in place until further notice.
October 26, 2016
Yosemite National Park to Host Wilderness Science Forum Presentations to be Held on the Science Techniques Used in Wilderness Planning
Yosemite National Park invites the public to participate in an event on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 to learn about scientific findings related to wilderness use and planning. The event will take place at the Garden Terrace room at Yosemite Valley Lodge from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Staff from the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will share and discuss a series of scientific studies that examined visitor capacity and stock use in wilderness areas.
October 24, 2016
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Host Award Ceremony for the 2016 Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest on November 5, 2016
On November 5, 2016 Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery will honor the winners of the 2016 Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest, which closed in September 2016. The contest is a way for the park to celebrate the creativity of youth living in the Yosemite 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.
October 19, 2016
Yosemite National Park Signs Agreements with Three New International Sister Parks
Yosemite National Park signed three new sister park agreements on Thursday, September 29, 2016 with Cumbres de Monterrey National Park in Mexico, Blue Mountains National Park in Australia, and Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan. Park officials joined Yosemite Acting Superintendent Linda Mazzu to sign a formal agreement between each park and Yosemite, which cemented a formal relationship as the National Park Service enters a second century of service.
September 20, 2016
Yosemite National Park Accepts Submissions to the 6th Annual Gateway Expression Student Art and Poetry Contest
Yosemite National Park hosts the 6th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. This annual event celebrates the creativity of local youth artists and poets living in the gateway communities bordering Yosemite National Park. This year’s contest features a special anniversary category in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.
September 01, 2016
Yosemite National Park Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass
Yosemite National Park encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters. Visit www.EveryKidinaPark.gov to download the pass and obtain more information.
August 31, 2016
Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
Yosemite National Park will close a day use parking area in Yosemite Valley on the evening of Monday September 5, 2016 to improve parking and traffic circulation. The parking area, also known as the Village Day-Use Parking Area (south) or Camp 6, will reopen this winter. Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls parking area west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and at Half Dome Village. All overnight parking at campgrounds and lodging will remain open. All visitor facilities, including campgrounds, hotels, restaurants and stores will remain open and operational during construction.
August 19, 2016
National Park Service Selects National and State Park Concessions El Portal, LLC for El Portal Market Concession Contract
The National Park Service (NPS) has selected National and State Park Concessions El Portal, LLC for the concession contract to provide visitor services at the El Portal Market, located within the El Portal Administrative Site in Yosemite National Park. The 10-year contract is expected to begin on November 1, 2016, and will include grocery, retail sales, food and beverage, and related services at the El Portal Market.
August 17, 2016
Yosemite National Park Expands American Sign Language Services
Yosemite National Park expands the American Sign Language (ASL) Program offered to Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The park's Deaf services program offers trip planning, park orientation at the visitor center, and interpretive services for Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The program also focuses on employee training in Deaf/disability awareness and outreach to the Deaf community.
June 29, 2016
Yosemite National Park Expects Busy 4th of July Weekend
Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking. Fireworks are strictly prohibited in the park. Additionally, with the ongoing drought, conditions are extremely dry and visitors are asked to avoid campfires unless absolutely necessary.
June 14, 2016
Yosemite National Park to Welcome Delegation from Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany
A delegation from Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany is visiting Yosemite National Park from June 19, 2016 to June 25, 2016. The purpose of the visit is for park managers from Berchtesgaden to exchange ideas and practices with Yosemite National Park managers and to further the Sister Park Arrangement. Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the leading parks in Europe currently working with other protected areas. Berchtesgaden is involved in cooperative efforts with the Carpathian and the Caucasus Mountain Ranges in Central and Eastern Europe.
June 09, 2016
Yosemite National Park Announces Pilot Program for Day-Use Parking Reservations
Yosemite National Park announces a pilot program where visitors will be able to reserve a guaranteed parking space on two upcoming weekends. Visitors to Yosemite National Park will be able to reserve a parking space in Yosemite Valley for the weekend of June 25-26 and July 2-4. 2016. The reserved parking program would benefit visitors by ensuring access to a parking space if they arrive before11:00 A.M. The parking area is located adjacent to shuttle bus stops that will encourage visitors to use the park’s alternative transportation system.
May 26, 2016
California Red-Legged Frogs and Western Pond Turtles to be Restored in Yosemite National Park
The federally threatened California red-legged frog has not been seen in the Yosemite National Park in a half century. The Western pond turtle has been absent from Yosemite Valley for the same time period, but is still found in the park’s Hetch Hetchy area. Both species will be reintroduced to suitable lake, river or meadow habitats in Yosemite Valley starting in 2016. Over the next three years, the goal is to reintroduce 4,000 California red-legged frog tadpoles and 500 adult frogs. Over the next eight years, one hundred adult Western pond turtles will be reintroduced to establish self-sustaining breeding populations. The first ten turtles released this June will be fitted with radio-transmitters to track and identify preferred habitats in Yosemite Valley.
May 23, 2016
Yosemite National Park Anticipates Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend
Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day Weekend. Visitors in personal vehicles arriving late morning through mid-day should expect extensive delays getting into and moving about the park, particularly in Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. Visitors are urged to enter the park before 9:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. in order to avoid traffic congestion and difficulty finding parking.
May 17, 2016
Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Wednesday, May 18
The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for all vehicular traffic tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at noon. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.
May 05, 2016
Yosemite National Park Receives Donation of 26 Baskets
Yosemite National Park, through Yosemite Conservancy, recently received a donation of 26 examples of Julia Parker’s basketry. These pieces were collected through the years by Elvira “Ellie” Nishkian, from San Francisco, who was active in many charitable causes and was instrumental in the formation of the Yosemite Fund, which is now known as Yosemite Conservancy.
April 19, 2016
Public Invited to Earth Day Festival at Yosemite National Park on Saturday, April 23, 2016
Yosemite National Park is hosting a special Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. The public is encouraged to attend the Festival this year which honors the Centennial of the National Park Service. Park admission is free because of National Park Week and all activities at the Earth Day Festival are free of charge.
April 18, 2016
Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Tomorrow, April 19, 2016
The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season to automobile traffic tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.