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Yosemite Closes – Through Traffic Only

YOSEMITE – Travelers to Yosemite National Park will be able to pass through, but there will be no access to the valley and no services, as the federal government shuts down until a new budget is passed.

Motorists will be able to head through the park on their way to Lee Vining, El Portal and Highway 120, but will be diverted at the El Capitan cutoff, and not allowed to enter the valley.

Park employees are working on the shut-down, and they will all be required to leave by Thursday, according to YNP spokesperson Cari Cobb.

Campsites, services and hotels will be closed, and all non-essential personnel will be furloughed. Law enforcement and other vital employees will remain.

Travelers through the park will not be allowed to stop and recreate, including picnicking, photographing, hiking, etc.

In a search for more detailed information, a visit to the park website, www.nps.gov, brought up this message – Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.

We will update as more information becomes available.

3 comments

  1. not entirely true..Current Update: With the shutdown in effect, Yosemite National Park is closed to all day use visitors. The roads currently remain open to drive-through traffic only. All activities are closed. Trails and restrooms are closed. Basic services including food & beverage remain open with limited service.

    Guests with in-park reservations through Wednesday night will be allowed to stay through Thursday afternoon, after which time they will be required to leave the Park.

  2. This is a good thing getting some of this government out of our lives

    Thank You

  3. thank you Tom McClintock…your vote helped seal the deal. Two years of planning and a glimpse of something to look forward to flushed down the toilet.

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