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Visitor Services Limited In Yosemite Due To Gov’t Shutdown

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park is open, however visitor services are limited due to the lapse in federal appropriations.

During the government shutdown, national parks are working to remain as open and accessible to the American people as possible, say park officials.

Unfortunately, Wawona Campground and Hodgdon Meadow Campground are closed due to impacts from human waste and public safety concerns.

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will close on Saturday, Dec. 29, due to impacts from human waste and vehicular safety concerns along Wawona Road (Highway 41).

All park visitor centers are currently closed.

All normal park rules and regulations still apply. Dogs are not permitted on park trails including the Mariposa Grove Road. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and are permitted in developed areas, on sidewalks and on bicycle paths.

For more information on pet regulations, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/pets.htm.

Restroom facilities are very limited throughout the park, especially along Wawona Road (Highway 41), El Portal Road (Highway 140), and Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West). Visitors are encouraged to stop and use restroom facilities in the gateway communities before entering the park.

Visitors are also encouraged to pack in and pack out all trash as custodial services are very limited at this time.

All roads within the park are subject to chain control or temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. All motorists are required to carry tire chains, even if their car is equipped with four-wheel drive, while driving in the park during the winter months.

Additional facilities and areas may close within Yosemite National Park at any time for the health and safety of park visitors.

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