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Yosemite News Updates


January 13, 2017 11:30 am –

El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has Reopened
Big Oak Flat Road into Yosemite Valley is also open

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has reopened to all vehicular traffic, with delays. The road is open one lane, with controlled traffic, and visitors are asked to not stop along the road en route to Yosemite Valley. The road may close again at any time in the event of hazardous driving conditions.

The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 W) is also open.

Park visitors are asked to be aware of hazards, including potential wet and icy road conditions, rockfall, and debris in roadways. Visitors should always carry tire chains and chain control can be implemented at any time. The park has experienced significant rainfall over the past month and ground saturation could lead to hazardous conditions along park roadways.

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January 12, 2017 – El Portal Road (Highway 140) and Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) Closed Due to Rockfall
 
Wawona Road (Highway 41) only road accessible to Yosemite Valley
 
The El Portal Road (Highway 140) and the Big Oak Flat Road (HIghway 120) are currently closed due to a series of rockfalls early this morning. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via Highways 140 and 120. The only vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is along the Wawona Road
(Highway 41). Highway 140 is closed at the park line  Highway 120 is closed at the  Big Oak Flat Entrance  due to heavy snowfall and dangerous driving conditions. 
 
The only access to Yosemite Valley will be through the Wawona Road (Highway 41) through this evening and into tomorrow. Park crews and geologists will assess the conditions tomorrow morning. there is no estimated day or time for a reopening.
 
There are a limited number of Ranger-led  convoys this afternoon for park visitors and employees wishing to enter and exit Yosemite Valley via Highway 140 and 120. The schedules for the convoys this afternoon are:
 
Outbound from Yosemite Valley (meet at El Capitan Meadow; park in the long turnout)
4:10 pm
4:40 pm
5:30 pm
6:10 pm
 
Inbound to Yosemite Valley (meet at The Cascades picnic area)
3:45 pm
7:45 pm
 
Park visitors are asked to be aware of hazards, including potential wet and icy road conditions, rockfall, and debris in roadways. Visitors should always carry tire chains and chain control can be implemented at any time. The park has experienced significant rainfall over the past month and ground saturation could lead to hazardous conditions along park roadways.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose  

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January 11, 2017 10:00 am – El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has Reopened

Hetch Hetchy Road has also reopened

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has reopened to all vehicular traffic. The road is open and clear, yet visitors are asked to not stop along the road enroute to Yosemite Valley. The road may close again at any time in the event of hazardous driving conditions.

The Hetch Hetchy Road has reopened to all vehicular traffic.

All overnight lodging and food services have reopened. Campgrounds in Yosemite Valley are open as well.

Park visitors are asked to be aware of hazards, including potential wet and icy road conditions, rockfall, and debris in roadways. Visitors should always carry tire chains and chain control can be implemented at any time. The park has experienced significant rainfall over the past month and ground saturation could lead to hazardous conditions along park roadways.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose

-NPS-

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January 10, 2017 – El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has Reopened

Road to close tonight at 6:00 p.m. due to weather and rockfall concerns

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has reopened to all traffic following a rockfall that occurred during early Sunday morning. The road is anticipated to stay open, with controlled traffic, throughout the day. However, the road will close this evening at 6:00 p.m. to all vehicular traffic based on weather and rockfall concerns. The park will evaluate road and weather conditions early tomorrow morning and assess whether or not the road can be reopened. There is currently rain and snow falling in Yosemite National Park and continued precipitation is forecast over the next several days.

Visitor access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) and the Wawona Road (Highway 41) is currently open. Visitors should always carry tire chains and chain control can be implemented at any time. The Hetch Hetchy Road remains closed due to a rockfall.

Visitors should be aware that there will be limited visitor services inside Yosemite Valley today, Tuesday January 10, 2017, and plan accordingly. Overnight accommodations and commercial services operated by the park concessioner are slated to fully reopen tomorrow, Wednesday January 11, 2017. Campgrounds in Yosemite Valley are open.

The Merced River in Yosemite Valley reached flood stage at Pohono Bridge (above 10 feet) Sunday afternoon. The river peaked at 12.7 feet at 4:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017.  Although there was no major flooding, park roads and infrastructure (water systems, sewer systems, etc.) and visitor facilities were impacted. The park is currently assessing the impacts and will address any repair needs in the coming days and weeks.

Park visitors are asked to be aware of hazards, including potential wet and icy road conditions, rockfall, and debris in roadways. The park has experienced significant rainfall over the past month and ground saturation could lead to hazardous conditions along park roadways.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose

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January 9, 2017 – Yosemite Valley will reopen for day-use January 10, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the El Portal Road (Highway 140) due to a rockfall that occurred early this morning. There is no estimated day or time for the road to reopen. The Hetch Hetchy Road is also closed due to a rockfall. Visitors should be aware that there will be limited visitor services and plan accordingly. Overnight accommodations and commercial services operated by the park concessioner are slated to reopen on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Campgrounds in Yosemite Valley are slated to be open for tomorrow evening.

The Merced River in Yosemite Valley reached flood stage at Pohono Bridge (above 10 feet) last evening. The river peaked at 12.7 feet at 4:00 a.m. and park roads facilities have been impacted. The park is currently assessing the impacts and will address any repair needs in the coming days and weeks. Although there was no major flooding in Yosemite Valley, both roads and infrastructure (water systems, sewer systems, etc.) were impacted.

Park visitors are asked to be aware of hazards, including potential wet and icy road conditions, rockfall, and debris in roadways. The park has experienced significant rainfall over the past month and ground saturation could lead to hazardous conditions along park roadways.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose

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January 6, 2017 – All roads into Yosemite are scheduled to close today at 5:00pm due to potential flood concerns. If you are planning a visit for this weekend please call your lodging property or 209-372-0200 and press 1 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose for the latest information. Note that Hwys 140 through the town of Mariposa and into El Portal, Hwy 120 from the West to the park gate and Hwy 41 into the south entrance of Yosemite as far as the town of Wawona are open. Yosemite West is also accessible. Businesses including lodging facilities, restaurants, attractions are available for your enjoyment while in the area.

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