Closures

The superintendent's compendium for Yosemite National Park and superintendent's compendium for El Portal Administrative Site contain most closures and other local regulations. Closures not included in these compendiums are listed below (except for climbing closures).

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and the under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, the following existing closures, public use limitation and general regulations are hereby modified:

 

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, Area Designations for Specific Uses or Activities and Conditions

36 CFR § 1.5 (a)(2) – Designate areas for a specific use or activity or impose conditions or restrictions on a use or activity

August 19, 2021

In response to Executive Order no. 13991 The following conditions apply to all federal employees, contractors, volunteers, park partners, and visitors:

Regardless of vaccination status or local community transmission levels, all individuals over the age of two years must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in all common areas and shared workspaces in federally owned buildings administered by the National Park Service and in office space leased by the National Park Service.

“Federally owned buildings administered by the National Park Service” include, but are not limited to, visitor centers, administrative offices, maintenance facilities and shared government quarters; buildings assigned to concessioners or other park partners; and buildings leased for commercial purposes to individuals or entities other than the National Park Service.

All individuals over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status or local community transmission levels, must wear masks in the following outdoor areas when others are present, except when actively eating or drinking, where the Superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:

  • Parking Lots and Viewpoints: Within 100 feet of any parking area or pullout
  • Trails: Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, Mist Trail, trails within Mariposa Grove below the Clothespin Tree, Tuolumne Grove, and Merced Grove, and within ½ mile of any trailhead.
  • Interpretive Facilities and Programs: Indian Cultural Village and Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and within 50 feet of any park employee speaking to a group, gathering, or people attending an interpretive program.
  • Buildings: Within 25 feet of any public building, including (but not limited to) visitor centers, entrance stations, wilderness centers, campground offices, and ranger stations.
  • Shuttle stops: Within 25 feet of shuttle stops (during seasons and hours when shuttles are operating).
  • Gathering Places: Village Mall (including the area from Yosemite Village Parking Area to the Yosemite Cemetery); Glacier Point area, including all trails from the parking lot to the amphitheater, geology exhibit, and main viewpoint area.
  • Eating Areas: Picnic areas and outdoor food service areas, when not eating or drinking.

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.

Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must comply with all orders regarding masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).CDC prevention measures continue to apply to all travelers on public transit, regardless of vaccination status. Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including buses, trains, boats/ferries, and in transportation hubs.

This designation rescinds all prior and will remain in place until rescinded or superseded.

 

Public Use Limitation (Public Health Emergency)

May 21, 2021

Coronavirus, the virus responsible for the disease COVID-19, has caused a public health emergency as declared by Mariposa County, the State of California, and the United States Government. In consultation with local, county, and state public health officials and guidance provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in order to maintain public health and safety, certain public use limits, restrictions, or closures are warranted to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at the individual and population level by limiting social interactions and preventing inadvertent exposures.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a), Section (a)(1) and Section (a)(2):

Starting Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:00 am, the following use limitations are in effect within Yosemite National Park:

  • Upon entry, each motor vehicle with valid proof of one of the following will be issued a Yosemite National Park vehicle permit: a day-use reservation; wilderness permit reservation; Half Dome permit; reservation for overnight accommodation within the park or in Wawona, Foresta, or Yosemite West; proof of participation in an authorized commercial use authorization activity; wedding permit issued prior to April 28, 2021; special use permit for First Amendment activities; or pass for authorized guests of park residents.
  • All vehicles (except those authorized on official business) within Yosemite National Park must display a valid vehicle permit in the windshield at all times. Vehicles without a valid vehicle permit displayed in the windshield are prohibited from entering the park. Vehicles in the Hetch Hetchy area are excluded from the vehicle permit requirement.
  • Day use limits will be applied to achieve a target visitation level based on current COVID-19 guidance and park conditions. The target number of visitor vehicles will be updated when necessary to reflect Mariposa County Tier changes and/or guidance updates (see links below for guidance documents): Level 4 (current purple) = 3600; Level 3 (current red) = 4320; Level 2 (current orange) = 5040; Level 1 (current yellow) = 5760.
  • Vehicles entering the park to pass through without stopping must pay the applicable park entrance fee or present a valid entrance pass. A pass-through permit will be issued and the vehicle will be required to depart the park within the following timeframes: vehicles traveling between South, Arch Rock and Big Oak Flat Entrances have two hours to complete their pass-through; vehicles entering or exiting through the Tioga Pass Entrance have three hours to complete their pass-through. Vehicles must proceed directly from the entry point to the exit point without detour or unreasonable delay. Vehicles with pass-through permits are prohibited from being unoccupied, on the Glacier Point Road or within Yosemite Valley east of El Capitan Crossover.
  • Vehicles without a valid Yosemite National Park vehicle permit or proof of eligibility for a vehicle permit are prohibited from entering or being present in the park between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am.
  • Park residents who have been directed by a Public Health Official or the Superintendent to be in “Isolation” or “Quarantine” shall stay within their residence at all times except to receive medical care until cleared by a Public Health Official or medical professional. Administrative exemptions or modifications to the specified quarantine measures may be made for community members who perform certain roles as determined by the Park Superintendent.

Mather District

  • Hetch Hetchy day-use hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, unless otherwise authorized. Entry to the area will be restricted when parking is no longer available. Day use visitors must exit the area prior to 5:00 pm.
  • Hetch Hetchy day use does not require a Yosemite National Park vehicle day-use permit for entrance. Entrance fees paid at Hetch Hetchy do not provide for entrance into the rest of Yosemite National Park unless the owner also has a Yosemite National Park vehicle day-use permit, a wilderness permit for trailheads outside Hetch Hetchy, a Half Dome permit, or overnight accommodations within the park, Yosemite West, Foresta, or Wawona.

Wawona District

  • Chowchilla Mountain Road is open to foot, bicycle, and equestrian traffic only.

These measures are being enacted to maintain public health and safety. The area will be monitored to ensure compliance with these limits and/or restrictions. This designation will remain in place until rescinded. Administrative activities are exempt from this order.

 

Public and Employee Safety Closure

June 3, 2021

Coronavirus, the virus responsible for the disease COVID-19, has caused a public health emergency as declared by Mariposa County, the State of California, and the United States Government. In consultation with local, county, and state public health officials and guidance provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in order to maintain the safety of park visitors, employees, and residents while allowing management and administrative operations to continue, the Superintendent is designating the following area closures in Yosemite National Park.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):

Crane Flat Fire Lookout and Helibase

The Crane Flat Helibase (including the parking lots, rappel towers, helicopter pad, fire lookout tower, and office buildings), Crane Flat Lookout Road, and the social trail that connects from the southern end of the Tuolumne Grove parking lot to Crane Flat Lookout Road, are closed to public entry.

This area is closed to protect the health and safety of Yosemite National Park Firefighters and Heliquest contractors that operate, maintain, and staff the park contract helicopter. This operation is critical to the health and safety of park visitors and residents.

Lower Yosemite Falls Amphitheater

The Lower Yosemite Falls Amphitheater and boulder field, as accessed via the off-trail area to the northwest of the Lower Falls Footbridge, Lower Falls Overlook, and/or the adjacent paved trail to the base of Lower Falls and adjacent cliffs, is closed (see attached map). The area is closed to prevent visitor injury and to decrease the potential exposure of NPS rescue personnel to COVID-19 due to rescue efforts.

All Lower Yosemite Falls Amphitheater climbing routes in this area are open but must be accessed by trails or routes outside of the closed area.

Notice of closure will be posted and areas will be monitored to ensure compliance; please see attached maps for more information. The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map showing closure of Lower Yosemite Fall boulders and Crane Flat helibase
 

Pet and Bicycle Restrictions – Mariposa Grove

June 14, 2021

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is open to the public; the shuttle bus is not operating during the 2021 season. To provide consistency among park areas and regulations, the Superintendent is designating the following temporary measures in Yosemite National Park.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.15(a)(1):

To protect natural resources and ensure the safety of park visitors, the following area is closed to pets:

  • The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias which includes the Grove Road leading from the Welcome Plaza, the Lower Grove Arrival Area, the Grizzly Giant ADA service road, the Washburn Trail and all areas within.

Service Animals, as defined by the US Department of Justice, and administrative activities are exempt from this order.

and

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 4.30(f):

To protect natural resources and ensure the safety of park visitors, the following areas are closed to bicycles:

  • The ADA Service Road from the Lower Grove Arrival Area to the Grizzly Giant ADA Parking Lot

Bicycle use remains prohibited on the Washburn Trail and all trails with the Mariposa Grove, this order does not change that restriction.

Notice of closure will be posted and areas will be monitored to ensure compliance; this designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 

Safety Closure (Wildlife Protection)

May 31, 2017 (The designation will remain in place until rescinded.)

Due to increasing bear activity along the Snow Creek Trail and the resulting potential for negative human-bear interactions, the area to the south and east of the footbridge as depicted on the attached map will be closed to overnight camping. The National Park Service will continue to monitor bear activity in this area and will re-open the area to camping as soon as conditions allow.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) (1):

The area marked on the accompanying map entitled Wildlife Safety Closure dated May 31, 2017 is closed to overnight camping or unattended food (even when stored properly).

The marked area remains open for day use.

Notice of closure will be posted and area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see map below for more information.


 
The area at the top of Snow Creek east of the trail is closed to camping
 

Safety Closures (Wildland Fire)

The Lukens Fire, ignited by lightning, is burning in Yosemite National Park and was discovered on June 30th, 2021.

The increased hazards that may be found in the burn areas include:

  • Falling limbs and snags (dead standing trees) and fire-damaged trees
  • Burning logs and stump holes
  • Possible smoke conditions which may cause respiratory problems
  • Poor visibility due to smoke
  • Hot ash and unseen hazards

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section l.5 (a) and Section (a)(l):

In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating the trail segments and areas marked on the accompanying map titled “Lukens Fire Trail Safety Closure #1” closed to all travel; personnel involved in administrative and firefighting activities are excepted.

The area will be closed until further notice is given. Notice of closure will be posted and area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Please see accompanying map for more information.

This order supersedes and includes all prior area closures. The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map showing area and trail closure between White Wolf and Lukens Lake
 

Safety Closure (Wildland Fire)

August 2, 2021

The Tiltill Fire burning in Yosemite National Park was discovered on July 31, 2021, due to lightning strikes.

The increased hazards that may be found in the burn areas include:

  • Falling limbs and snags (dead standing trees) and fire damage trees
  • Burning logs and stump holes
  • Possible smoke conditions which may cause respiratory problems
  • Poor visibility due to smoke
  • Hot ash and unseen hazards

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section l.5 (a) and Section (a)(l):

In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating the trail segments marked on the accompanying map entitled “Tiltill FireTrail Safety Closure #1” closed to all travel.

The area will be closed until further notice is given. Notice of closure will be posted and area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Please see accompanying map for more information.

This order supersedes and includes all prior area closures. The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map showing closure of the trail, and area north of the trail between Lake Vernon and Tiltill Valley
 

Safety Closure (Road Construction)

Road construction activities are being performed on the Soda Springs Road, Lembert Dome Picnic Area parking lot, and associated roads and parking areas on the north side of the Tioga Road in the area of Tuolumne Meadows. These construction actions have created the potential for the airborne presence of naturally occurring asbestos. To provide for public safety and health, these areas will be closed to the public until after the potential hazard has been mitigated.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a)(1):

In order to maintain the public safety of park visitors, employees, and residents while allowing management and administrative operations to continue, the Superintendent is designating the entirety of the Soda Springs Road, Lembert Dome Picnic Area parking lot, and all associated roads and parking areas as closed.

Residents of housing accessed via these roads and authorized employees and contractors of the National Park Service, park concessioners, and park partners are exempt from this order.

Notice of closure will be posted and the area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Please see attached map for more information. The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 
Map showing closure of road from Tioga Road to TM stable and Lembert Dome picnic area
 

Yosemite National Park Fire Restrictions

August 31, 2021

Due to high fire danger and enhanced risk to the public, employees, and first responders, Yosemite National Park is enacting park-wide fire restrictions below 8,000 feet of elevation to reduce the threat of human-caused wildfires.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.13(c):

  • No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire (including campfire, cooking fire, and charcoal fires) within Yosemite National Park below 8,000 feet in elevation except as noted below. Portable stoves using pressurized gas, liquid fuel, or propane are permitted, as are alcohol stoves, including tablet/cube stoves. Twig stoves are not permitted.

  • No smoking below 8,000 feet except within an enclosed vehicle, a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed, or in a designated smoking area. All public buildings, public areas of Concession buildings (including restrooms), other areas as posted, and within 25 feet of any non-single-family residential building remain closed to smoking at all times.

  • Campfires and cooking fires may be used in designated open campgrounds and open picnic areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.

  • Campfires and cooking fires may be used above 8,000 feet but not above 9,600 feet in accordance with park regulations.

  • Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in residential areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.

Notice of closure will be posted and areas will be monitored to ensure compliance. This designation will remain in place until rescinded or superseded. Administrative exemptions require the written approval of the Superintendent; all conditions listed on the administrative exemption must be followed for the exemption to be valid.

 

EL PORTAL ADMINISTRATIVE SITE

Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, Area Designations for Specific Uses or Activities and Conditions

36 CFR § 34.5 (a)(3) and 1.5 (a)(2) – Designate areas for a specific use or activity or impose conditions or restrictions on a use or activity

August 19, 2021

In response to Executive Order no. 13991 The following conditions apply to all federal employees, contractors, volunteers, park partners, and visitors:

Regardless of vaccination status or local community transmission levels, all individuals over the age of two years must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in all common areas and shared workspaces in federally owned buildings administered by the National Park Service and in office space leased by the National Park Service.

“Federally owned buildings administered by the National Park Service” include, but are not limited to, visitor centers, administrative offices, maintenance facilities and shared government quarters; buildings assigned to concessioners or other park partners; and buildings leased for commercial purposes to individuals or entities other than the National Park Service.

All individuals over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status or local community transmission levels, must wear masks in the following outdoor areas when others are present, except when actively eating or drinking, where the Superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:

  • Parking Lots and Viewpoints: Any parking lot or pullout.
  • Interpretive Facilities and Programs: El Portal Train Exhibit and within 50 feet of any park employee speaking to a group or gathering.
  • Buildings: Within 25 feet of any public building, including (but not limited to) the entrance station, post office, fire station, community hall, and gas station.
  • Bus stops: When entering, riding, and exiting buses and shuttles (during seasons and hours when buses are operating).
  • Gathering Places: Prominent beaches along the river.
  • Eating Areas: Picnic areas and outdoor food service areas, when not eating or drinking.

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.

Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must comply with all orders regarding masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC prevention measures continue to apply to all travelers on public transit, regardless of vaccination status. Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including buses, trains, boats/ferries, and in transportation hubs.

This designation rescinds all prior and will remain in place until rescinded or superseded.

Last updated: August 31, 2021

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