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Is Tioga Pass Open In Yosemite?

YOSEMITE — There has been a lot of confusion of late over whether or not Tioga Pass is open in Yosemite National Park.

A call to Caltrans confirms that the east side of the pass, up to the park entrance, is indeed plowed and open to traffic.

However, an announcement by Caltrans on Monday, June 19, may have been misunderstood and led people to believe that the road into the park is open.

State Route 120, also known as Tioga Pass, was opened at the winter closure gate — approximately two miles west of US Highway 395 to the east entrance to the park — at 2 p.m. on Monday.

However, Tioga Road at the entrance gate to Yosemite National Park remains closed. Park road crews continue to clear snow and make road repairs.

We spoke to Yosemite Public Affairs Officer Jamie Richards this morning, and she says, “There are still safety concerns on the roadway near Tuolumne Meadows, and also near Olmsted Point. We continue to assess the situation and do repairs.”

We will post as soon as the roadway is open to the public.

You can check conditions on park roads, or specifically to check the status of Tioga Road go to www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm.

For the latest in highway information in California, please visit Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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