Operations During Government Shutdown

Below is a list of services and facilities that are open or closed. Visitor services may be diminished or areas may be closed due to environmental, public safety, or other unknown factors. We are not be able to update road and weather information.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency, dial 911 for emergency services. Response time may be increased. The Yosemite Medical Clinic remains open during normal operating hours and days: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, except holidays (which includes December 24 and 25, and January 1).

Roads

Roads normally open at this time of year remain open, conditions permitting, including Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41), El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140), Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 from the west), and the Badger Pass Road. Roads may close in the event of a natural event such as snow storm, rockfall, fallen trees, etc. Tioga Road, Glacier Point Road (beyond the ski area), and Mariposa Grove Road are closed for the season. Hetch Hetchy Road is also closed.

Wawona Road (Highway 41) Restrictions

Park rangers will screen incoming vehicles at South Entrance from 9 am to 6 pm, allowing only those with a reservation for lodging or camping inside the park to proceed. All others will be asked to enter Yosemite via Highway 140. Local residents and guests staying in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite West, and Wawona will be allowed to enter via South Entrance.

Visitors planning to visit the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area will be asked to enter the park via Highway 140.

Visitor Information

National Park Service-provided information and orientation are not available. Entrance stations are unstaffed (but open). Visitor centers and the Yosemite Museum are closed. The public information office phone line is not staffed. All National Park Service programs are cancelled (programs offered by other organizations, such as park concessioners, may operate).

Concession-Run Facilities

Concession services normally provided at this time of year remain open (but this is subject to change). This includes lodging, tours, restaurants, stores, Yosemite Valley shuttle system, and gas stations provided by our three concessioners (Yosemite Hospitality, The Ansel Adams Gallery, and El Portal Market). Additionally, commercial use authorization holders are able to enter the park.

The ice rink is closed through January 17 for maintenance.

Restrooms and Trash Removal

National Park Service-provided services are limited. Restrooms at or near concession facilities remain open. Facilities not located near concession facilities are closed due to reductions in staffing. Dispose of trash in a dumpster or trash can that is not full in order to protect wildlife and avoid a citation/fine. Do not leave trash on top of or next to a dumpster or trash can, or stuff trash into a full one. Carry your trash to a dumpster or trash can at a hotel or store that is open and has a dumpster or trash can that is not full.

Campgrounds

Upper Pines Campground and Camp 4 (including restrooms) are open due to their proximity to concession facilities. These campgrounds will remain open unless there is a life/safety risk. Reservations are being honored at Upper Pines Campground, although some first-come, first-served sites may be available (check with a campground ranger or look for availability at the campground kiosk). All other campgrounds, including Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow, are closed. Camping or sleeping in a vehicle outside of open campgrounds is prohibited.

Hiking

Hiking trails normally open at this time of year remain open, conditions permitting.

  • All sections of the John Muir Trail and Mist Trail are closed. There is no trail access to Vernal or Nevada Fall.
  • Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias are closed.
  • Hetch Hetchy area is closed to all public use.
  • The Mariposa Grove, as well as the road and trails leading to the Mariposa Grove from the arrival area near South Entrance, are closed to all public use.
  • The Four Mile Trail is closed for the season below Union Point. It is possible hike from Yosemite Valley to below Union Point (about halfway up the trail), with nice views.

Snow Play

There are currently no safe places for sledding or snow play in Yosemite. Please do not sled in Yosemite. Snow play areas at Crane Flat and Goat Meadow (which is in Sierra National Forest but accessed from inside the park from near South Entrance) are closed. Sledding is prohibited at the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

Public Transit

Free shuttle service is available in Yosemite Valley, as usual. For information on public transportation to Yosemite, visit www.yarts.com.

Updates

This page may not be updated until normal operations resume. We may provide emergency updates on our Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.

Last updated: January 4, 2019

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Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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