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Tioga Road

Tioga Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. The road closure extends from the Tuolumne Grove, just east of Crane Flat, to Tioga Pass Entrance Station. (Highway 120, the continuation of the Tioga Road outside the park, is often closed in winter from Tioga Pass to five miles west of Lee Vining.)

When the Tioga Road is closed, it is not possible to drive to Tuolumne Meadows or enter Yosemite National Park from the east. All other park entrances, including those along Highway 120 from the west, Hetch Hetchy, Highway 140, and Highway 41, remain open all year.

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Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park, from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass) is usually closed from November through late May or early June. (View a list of opening and closing dates.)

When Tioga Road is closed, alternate routes are available to get to various destinations.

  • Lee Vining/Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes
    Distance: 390 miles/624 km, 410 miles/656 km
    Time: 8 hours
    Travel north on US 395 to Minden; take Highway 757 west to Highway 206 south to Highway 207 north to US 50 west to Highway 49 south to Highway 120 east to Yosemite. National Park
  • Death Valley
    Distance: 450 mi/720 km
    Time: 9 hours
    Take Highway 190 west to US 395; take US 395 south to its junction with Highway 14. Take Highway 14 south to Mojave. In Mojave, take Highway 58 to Bakersfield. From Bakersfield, head north on Highway 99 to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.
  • Las Vegas
    Distance: 495 mi/797 km
    Time: 8-10 hours
    Take I-15 south to Barstow; Highway 58 west to Bakersfield; take Highway 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.
  • Lake Tahoe and Reno
    Distance: 315 mi/507 km (Reno)
    Time: 8 hours
    Take I-80 or I-50 west to Sacramento; take Highway 99 south to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.

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Glacier Point Road

Glacier Point Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. From approximately mid December through March, the first five miles of this road are open to the Badger Pass Ski Area. It is not possible to drive to Glacier Point when the Glacier Point Road is closed.

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Mariposa Grove Road

Mariposa Grove Road and associated shuttle system close for the season on or about November 30 and reopen no earlier than March 15 (but usually not until sometime in April). The Washburn Trail is always open to hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing, and is the most direct route to Mariposa Grove in winter. The trail is two miles (3.2 km) each way with 500 feet (150 m) of elevation change. The trail may be snowy and/or icy during winter. While all trails within the grove are always open, some trails within Mariposa Grove are marked for winter use (by reflectors on trees).


All other park roads, including Wawona Road (Highway 41), El Portal Road (Highway 140), Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 from the west), and Hetch Hetchy Road are open all year. However, tire chains may be required late fall through early spring.

Check on current road conditions and chain restrictions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1).

 

Last updated: December 6, 2021

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