2013-05-09 / Front Page

Tioga Road is open

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park opened for the season on Saturday, May 11. No camping or services are yet open in Tuolumne Meadows, however. 

The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.  Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road.  Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks.

Due to a light snowpack this past winter (approximately 50 percent of normal), the Tioga Road was able to be cleared of snow early into the summer season.  Snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at the higher elevations.  Visitors are urged to be prepared for snowy conditions and possible treacherous stream crossings while hiking the backcountry in the early season.

All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are closed.  All commercial services, including the gas station, store, and village grill, are also closed.  There are no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities at this time. 

Photo courtesy of Beth PrattPhoto courtesy of Beth Pratt

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