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Highway 41 at Fish Camp snowy roads - photo courtesy Caltrans

Highway 140 Still The Only Route Into Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is still only possible via Highway 140 (El Portal Road) from Mariposa.

Highway 41 just south of the park entrance in Fish Camp remains closed as Caltrans works to repair the severely damaged roadway. Work had to be suspended today due to snow conditions, says Caltrans, but will resume as soon as possible.

Highway 41 (Wawona Road) is currently open within Yosemite National Park, however visitors traveling to the park from the south will not be able to enter through the south gate.

The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120), between Crane Flat and Foresta, is currently unsafe for vehicular traffic due to recent damage and soil erosion caused by winter storms. The road is closed 24 hours per day and there is no access to Yosemite Valley via Highway 120.

Park staff are working with Federal Highways to assess road damage. The road will remain closed until at least Monday Mar. 6. Eight miles of the Big Oak Flat Road is open and provides access to Hetch Hetchy, the Tuolumne Grove, the Merced Grove, and Crane Flat.

Please check with Caltrans for current road conditions. http://www.dot.ca.gov/

Highway 140 (El Portal Road) remains open and clear for all vehicular traffic. Visitors traveling on this road are urged to drive slowly and be aware of rocks and debris on the road. Park officials encourage visitors traveling to Yosemite Valley to take a bus into the park using the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS). Please check with YARTS for the current schedule. www.yarts.com

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1.

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