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Tioga Road In Yosemite Opens Next Week

YOSEMITE – The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season on Monday, May 4, at 8 a.m. for all vehicular traffic, but services are limited.

Due to a light snowpack this past winter, the pass was cleared of snow early into the season. Bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, the Tioga Road is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

Visitors are urged to drive with caution while on the Tioga Road, as there will be rehabilitation work occurring on portions of the roadway. Visitors will experience portions of the road that are unpaved and should be aware that delays are in place.

For more information about the construction work and traffic delays on the Tioga Road, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/roadwork.htm.

Snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at the higher elevations. Visitors are urged to be prepared for snowy conditions and possible treacherous stream crossings while hiking the backcountry in the early season.

Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks. Additionally, late spring storms may change the status of the road and cause temporary closures. For updated, 24-hour road conditions, please call 209-372-0200.

All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are closed. All commercial services, including the gas station, store, and village grill are also closed. There are no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities at this time.

(photo – “SR 120 Yosemite” by Tijuana Brass at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SR_120_Yosemite.jpg#/media/File:SR_120_Yosemite.jpg_
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