Your drive to Yosemite just got easier. Storm-damaged road to Yosemite Valley set to reopen


Yosemite visitors, no need to follow detours anymore. The southern entrance and road leading to Yosemite Valley will reopen 5 a.m. Monday.

A stretch of Big Oak Flat Road had been impassable for two months because of a landslide, forcing travelers to take a 22-mile detour to get to places such as the Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Half Dome Village, a park announcement said Tuesday.

Visitors may still encounter traffic delays along Big Oak Flat Road, which connects to State Route 120. One-lane closures may be in effect, and the road will close 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for several days as crews shore up repairs.


The road had been shut from Crane Flat Campground to the Foresta area since mid-February, forcing northbound park visitors to make a 22-mile detour through Mariposa and El Portal.

El Portal Road (State Route 140) and Wawona Road (State Route 41) remain open to Yosemite Valley and Wawona.

Seasonal routes — Tioga Road (Hwy 120) and Glacier Point Road — remain closed because of snow. No estimate on when they will reopen.

Info: Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-0200, press “1” twice


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