YOSEMITE – With storms continuing to move through the area, visitors to Yosemite National Park (YNP) should check for changing road conditions as they travel into the park. Weather events could prompt closures at any time.
- As of noon May 24, the Glacier Point Road, Wawona Road (Highway 41) El Portal Road (Highway 140), Mariposa Grove Road, all roads within Yosemite Valley, and the Big Oak Flat Road including Highway 120 west, were open with no restrictions.
- Yosemite officials reported that Glacier Point Road would remain open until 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. “It will close at that time in anticipation of an incoming storm. The road will be evaluated once conditions improve.”
- By noon on Sunday, May 26, the situation had changed, as officials temporarily closed Wawona Road/Highway 140 inside the park from Wawona to Yosemite Valley. In addition, Big Oak Flat Road/Hwy 120 between Big Oak Flat Entrance and Foresta, and Hetch Hetchy Road, were said to be closed overnight and evaluated in the morning. At that time, the only access to and from Yosemite Valley was El Portal Road Hwy 140.
- At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, the Wawona Road (Highway 41) had been reopened, along with the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120). The Tioga Pass Road (Highway 120 east to Lee Vining) and Glacier Point Road remain closed.
Motorists should also carry tire chains at all times as federal law requires all vehicles to have chains on board when entering a designated chain control area. Chains can become mandatory on any park road at any time.
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 www.nps/yosemite.