Last Updated June 17: El Portal Road has reopened as of 7 pm on Saturday, June 17! Work was completed earlier than expected.
The first two miles of the road from the park boundary will be signed as a no-stopping zone. For current road conditions in the park, call 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1).
Thanks to all the park employees who worked hard to remove the rock, assess the underground sewer line, and make temporary road repairs
Yosemite is very busy this year. Expect extensive delays while driving into and around the Park. You may experience delays of an hour or more at entrance stations, and additional two- to three-hour delays in Yosemite Valley. Avoid delays and difficulty finding a place to park by arriving early. Arriving to Yosemite National Park by early morning (before 10 am) will help you avoid traffic delays and trouble finding parking. Avoid driving during the afternoon, as congestion typically increases from noon to 6 pm. During periods of extremely heavy traffic, it is possible that a park ranger may divert you away from Yosemite Valley east of Bridalveil Fall. This is done to avoid placing you in queue of cars that may require up to three hours to clear. If you are turned around, you may wish to visit other areas of the park before attempting to re-enter Yosemite Valley. Other areas of the park may also be congested and/or have limited or no parking available.
You can avoid traffic and parking hassles in Yosemite Valley by taking YARTS to Yosemite. YARTS buses provide regularly-scheduled access to Yosemite from all gateway communities. Park entrance fee is covered by your bus fare. For more specific information on public transportation to and from Yosemite National Park, visit https://www.yarts.com.
You don’t need your vehicle if you are staying outside the park and plan to visit just Yosemite Valley for the day and return to lodging at night. Just drive your car to a YARTS stop in your gateway and take the bus from there. Once in the park you can bike, walk, or take a free shuttle everywhere you want to go. If you MUST take your car, be prepared for congestion or plan accordingly. Parking fills to capacity throughout Yosemite by mid-morning. Find a place to park before mid-morning and avoid driving after that time, if possible.
If you’re staying at campgrounds in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows, please leave your vehicles at your campsite and use shuttles. There are three major parking lots in Yosemite Valley: Yosemite Village ParkingLot, Yosemite Falls Parking Lot, Half Dome Village Parking Lot. If you find a parking space, plan to leave your vehicle there for the remainder of the day as you will likely not find another parking spot. Use the free shuttle service to get around which provides access to all locations within Yosemite Valley. If you have lodging or campground reservations, park your vehicle at your lodge or campground and ride shuttles.
A free shuttle can take you to the visitor center from all three major parking lots in Yosemite Valley. All shuttles stop at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Please do not follow your GPS to drive to the visitor center as there is no parking available in this area. The visitor center is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm daily.
There are multiple road construction projects that can only take place during summer due to weather requirements. If you’re visiting during summer 2017, plan to arrive in Yosemite National Park early in the morning (before 10 am, especially on weekends) to find parking. Little to no parking will be available for much of the rest of the day. Also, expect heavy traffic congestion in Yosemite Valley from mid-morning to late afternoon. Once parked, walk, bike, or use the free shuttle to get around Yosemite Valley.
The Mariposa Grove restoration project will restore the grove’s dynamic ecology and increase its resilience. As a result of this project, the Mariposa Grove is currently closed and is expected to reopen fall 2017.
Expect Tioga Road to open no earlier than late June. Once the Tioga Road opens, facilities may not be available for an additional few weeks. Trails will still be covered with snow, making for difficult navigation and hiking; experience and preparation for navigating and traveling in snow may be necessary. Some areas of the park received record snowfall during the 2016-2017 winter. In past years with heavy snowpacks, the road has usually opened near the beginning of July.
• Bring plenty of food and water for potential delays and stop and use restrooms when they are available.
• Park your vehicle for the duration of your stay. Driving from site to site increases traffic congestion and can cause frustration for you and your passengers.
• Ride the free shuttle buses to enjoy Yosemite Valley most easily once parked.
• Arrive early and stay late, and visit Yosemite during the week.
• Enjoy the entire Yosemite region—consider visiting gateway communities such as Mariposa, Groveland, Lee Vining, and
• Ride a YARTS bus to enter the park.
• Tioga Pass is closed with no announced re-op date. For current road conditions call (209) 372-0200 (press 1, then 1)