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Yosemite National Park Announces Wawona Road (Highway 41) will Reopen Between Wawona and Yosemite Valley on Friday, August 24, 2018

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Date: August 21, 2018

Glacier Point Road Remains Closed Due to Ongoing Fire Operations

Yosemite National Park announces that the Wawona Road (Highway 41) inside Yosemite National Park will reopen to all vehicles between Wawona and Yosemite Valley at 8:00 am on Friday, August 24, 2018. There will be full access to Yosemite Valley via the Wawona Road. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the Wawona area remain open. The Glacier Point Road remains closed and is expected to reopen within the next two weeks.  

The Wawona Road has been closed since July 25 due to fire activities associated with the Ferguson Fire, which began on July 13. Firefighters have been removing hazard trees and dangerous falling tree branches and mopping up hot spots near the road over the past week.

Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution along the Wawona Road. Dirt, rocks, and other potential hazards may fall into the roadway. Visitors are encouraged not to walk or hike into the recently burned areas, as there may be hot spots, falling trees, and other hazards in the area. 

“We are excited to reopen the Wawona Road and all roads leading into Yosemite Valley are open for visitors to enjoy” stated Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “We are grateful to all of the Incident Command Teams and the firefighters for their incredible efforts to fight the Ferguson Fire. We are also grateful and appreciative of our gateway communities for their support and understanding during this challenging event.” 

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at and on the Yosemite National Park Facebook page. 

Last updated: August 21, 2018

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