YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park reopened to visitors tonight, Oct. 16. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately, while facilities and other public services are being brought back on-line, according to Yosemite spokesperson Scott Gediman.
Yosemite National Park has been closed since Oct. 1, due to the government shutdown.
“We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to Yosemite,” stated Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy Yosemite’s colorful grandeur.”
Major highways and roads leading into and through Yosemite National Park, including the Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove roads, are open to vehicles. Park visitor centers will reopen and Ranger-led programs will resume on Oct. 17. Visitors are urged to consult the Yosemite Guide for a list of programs.
Valley campgrounds in Yosemite will also reopen on Oct. 17. Those with reservations will be able to check in by noon. First come, first served in sites at Camp Four; Wawona and Hodgdon are also available.
Delaware North Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., the park’s primary concessioner, is reopening facilities and will begin to welcome guests immediately.
The Ansel Adams Gallery, located in Yosemite Village, will also reopen.