As the government shutdown enters the second week, the national parks that have remained open are starting to suffer the consequences of limited staffing. Yosemite is no exception, and as a result park officials recently announced more closures and restrictions in the park.
Effective immediately the South Entrance (Highway 41) will be closed to everyone except residents and those with camping or lodging reservations in Yosemite Valley. Documentation of hotel or campsite reservations will be required at the South Entrance.
All other visitors, including those heading to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, will be required to use the Arch Rock Entrance, which is located an hour east of Mariposa on Highway 140.
Restrooms are limited along Wawona Road, El Portal Road and Big Oak Flat Road, so it’s best to use the facilities in gateway communities before entering the park.
There is no garbage pick-up in the park, so visitors are asked to pack out all trash. The restrooms that remain open will have limited custodial service, so it’s best to carry toilet paper or tissue.
The following areas and facilities are also closed:
- Wawona Campground
- Hodgdon Meadow Campground
- Mariposa Grove
- Crane Flat Snow Play Area
- Hetch Hetchy Road
- All Visitor Centers
It should also be noted that chains may be required at any time, and snow is currently forecast for January 5. There will be minimal snow removal on park roads.
Additional facilities may close at any time.
The park website is not being updated at this time, so the best sources of updated information are the park concessionaires and the official Yosemite National Park Twitter feed.
For more information about access for wheelchair-users and slow walkers in Yosemite, visit www.barrierfreeyosemite.com.