YOSEMITE – For everyone planning trips to Yosemite National Park this weekend and next week to experience Horsetail Fall, here are some safety tips to help you experience the “fire fall” event in a fun and safe way.
Arrive early: do not wait until 4:00 pm to park and walk out to the Horsetail Fall event viewing area. The walk from most parking areas to the event area is approximately 2 miles one way, on a flat, paved surface.
Take your time and wear walking footwear: For your safety, walk in the designated pedestrian lane (on the right-hand side of the road). There could be snowy or icy spots, so watch where you walk.
Watch the weather and pack layers: as the sun sets temperatures in Yosemite Valley significantly drop. Be prepared for cold weather conditions as the evening progresses.
Pack a flashlight or headlamp: After sunset, the walk back to your vehicle will be very dark. Be prepared with adequate light for your safety.
Wear your mask: For your safety, masks are required in Yosemite National Park if adequate social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained.
Be prepared for a temporary road closure: Should conditions require it for pedestrian safety, a temporary road closure may go into effect in the Horsetail Fall event zone between about 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Please plan your visit to Yosemite National Park accordingly. There is no alternate route to exit Yosemite Valley during that time.
The safety of park visitors and park employees is our number one priority.