Rockslide in Yosemite National Park

Rockfall covering Highway 140.
Rockfall that occurred on January 7, 2016 on Highway 140 in Yosemite National Park.

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News Release Date: January 7, 2016

Highway 140 Closed From Park Line to Junction of El Portal Road/Big Oak Flat Road (Highways 140/120)

A rockfall occurred above the El Portal Road (Highway 140) at approximately 5:45 this morning, Thursday, January 7, 2016. Due to the rockfall, the El Portal Road (Highway 140) is closed from the park boundary in El Portal to the junction of El Portal Road/Big Oak Flat Road (Highways 140/120). The road will remain closed as park crews assess the situation. There is no estimated time for reopening.

The rockfall occurred below the Arch Rock Entrance Station in the area of the Dog Rock Fire, which occurred in October 2014. There were no injuries associated with the rockfall and Yosemite National Park Rangers and road crews are currently assessing the situation.

The Wawona Road (Highway 41) and the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 west) remain open with chain restrictions. All roads within Yosemite Valley remain open with chain restrictions as well. Visitors must carry chains in their vehicle when entering a chain control area. Lodging and other facilities in El Portal are accessible.

For the most current road conditions, please call 209-372-0200. Press option “1” and then “1” again to go directly to the road conditions report.

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PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389


(209) 372-0200
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