California: Yosemite National Park closed due to storms

Lester Mason
April 7, 2018

Visitors to Yosemite National Park streamed out of the Yosemite Valley all day, ahead of the official closure at 5 pm.

There will be no access via Highway 120, 140 or 41. All campgrounds and visitor lodging in Yosemite Valley will close Friday afternoon and reservations for Friday evening, April 6, and Saturday evening, April 7, have been cancelled. "If the National Parks system can be described as 'America's Best Idea, ' then maybe free Shakespeare in the park might be 'America's Second Best Idea.' In putting free Shakespeare in Yosemite, we're drawing on these powerful, progressive traditions".

Visitors who are already there are being told to pack their bags and leave by 5:00 p.m. Friday for safety reasons. Park roadways, campgrounds, and other facilities may be impacted.

Visitor services and campgrounds are expected to remain open in Wawona, Hodgen Meadow, Crane Flat, and El Portal. But the Park Service warns that any roadways and park facilities may close at any time for visitor and employee safety.

YARTS buses will be on their regular schedule on Friday, April 6. Visitors can make a day of it by attending Yosemite's festival events, such as tree plantings, nature walks and trail cleanups, and relax for 90 minutes with the hilarity, music and whimsy of Shakespeare's most fantastical play. The National Park Service says the plan is to reopen the valley, as soon as the weather permits it. Yosemite National Park and the entire central Sierra Nevada region expect significant impacts from the incoming storm.

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