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Update: Tioga Road through Yosemite open; Yosemite Valley, Wawona, more closed until at least August 5

Monday, July 30th, 2018 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
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Late last week officials with the National Park Service announced that they would be extending temporary closures of Yosemite Valley, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Wawona Road, and Big Oak Flat Road from Yosemite Valley to Crane Flat through Friday, August 3 Sunday, August 5. Park officials made the decision to close parts of the park last week due to public health concerns related to extreme smoke from the Ferguson Fire. Highway 120 through the park, also known as the Tioga Road, remains open.

Firefighters are working day and night to contain the Ferguson Fire. Photo courtesy of Kari Greer.

Conditions permitting, the affected areas are scheduled to re-open and 4:00pm on Friday, August 3. The park will continue to assess conditions and reevaluate all closures on Sunday, August 5. Be sure to check current conditions before heading into the park.

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Tioga Pass closed for the season

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Tioga Pass (Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park) is now closed for the season, due to hazardous driving conditions and snow accumulation at higher elevations. The road will remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring. Tioga Pass typically reopens sometime in May or June.

Tioga Pass (Highway 120 through Yosemite) is now closed for the season. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Always check current road conditions and weather before making a trip to the Eastern Sierra, and give us a call for the most current information: (760) 647-6595.

Tioga Pass closed due to an incoming storm

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Caltrans closed the lower gate on Highway 120 West (Tioga Pass) today due to an incoming storm. From the Caltrans press release:

“The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed the lower gate on State Route 120 West (Tioga Pass) to the Yosemite National Park entrance gate today, Tuesday, November 14th at 11:00 a.m. due to incoming inclement weather. This closure is in conjunction with the closure of the Yosemite National Park gate also closed at 11:00 a.m.

“The partial reopening of SR 120 West is dependent upon favorable weather. Please check local highway conditions before planning to use SR 120 West.”

Tioga Pass closing tomorrow

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Tioga Pass (Highway 120) will close tomorrow (Thursday, November 2) at 5:00pm due to an incoming winter storm. The closure will remain in effect through the weekend and road conditions will be assessed on Monday, November 6, 2017.

Tioga Pass is scheduled to close at 5:00pm on Thursday, November 2. Photo from April 4, 2017 by Bartshe Miller.

Tioga Road typically closes each fall and remains closed throughout the winter months. The road reopens when weather and road conditions permit in the spring. The average closing date for Tioga Road is November 3, so it is possible that the road could be closed for the season if the storm brings enough snow.

Marina Fire and road closure update, 1:00pm

Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Marina Fire continues to burn just north of Lee Vining in the steep slopes above Hwy 395 along Mono Lake. Fire crews, including air tankers and helicopters are fighting the fire and appear to be making good progress, though flames can still be seen on the southern edge of the burn. Residents of Lee Vining and Mono City received a reverse-911 call with a message that is it not necessary evacuate at this time, but to be prepared. Highway 395 is still officially closed, but Caltrans is escorting cars through the area when feasible. Businesses in Lee Vining are open.

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The Marina Fire as seen from Third Street in Lee Vining.

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Tioga Pass scheduled to open Saturday

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Julia Runcie, 2011 Mono Lake Intern.

According to National Park Service representatives, Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park will open this Saturday, June 18th, at 8:00am.

Due to an immense snowpack and a late, chilly spring, the road has remained closed far longer than normal, and thousands of visitors will be relieved to find their drive over the Sierra made shorter and the beautiful Tuolumne Meadows area open at last.

Please continue to check the latest road report from CalTrans, as conditions may change at any moment and we have no guarantee that the pass will actually open as planned.

For a look at the Tioga Pass opening and closing dates since 1933, check out this spreadsheet on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse.

Summer may finally be here!

Opening Tioga Pass: Feature story in Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 by Geoff, Executive Director
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The Los Angeles Times has a fascinating report on this year’s work to clear snow from the Tioga Pass road between Mono Lake and Yosemite, including photos and video. Check it out!

Los Angeles Times: Blasting winter away at Yosemite

Photos: Clearing snow from Tioga Pass road

Video: Blasting away in Yosemite’s high country

Tioga Road access restricted due to Big Meadow Fire

Monday, August 31st, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Tioga Road (Hwy 120) closed between White Wolf and Crane Flat in Yosemite at 3:30 pm Monday due to smoke. Note that Caltrans had not updated its Website as of 5:30 pm–use the link below for the latest updates within the park.

Prior to this closure it was closed at the same location at night with controlled traffic (pilot car) during the day due to fire suppression operations in the area.

The nearest open route to Yosemite Valley from the Mono Basin is over Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) to Hwy 49 to Hwy 140. When Tioga Road was open, the detour around Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite Valley via Hwy 49 took an additional 2-3 hours.

The Big Meadow fire started last week as a prescribed burn that quickly escaped controls. It threatened the communities of Foresta and El Portal and closed Big Oak Flat Road. The smoke was moving north until the weekend when it started spilling over into the Mono Basin–the worst of the smoke was on Sunday.

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Fire Updates

Tioga Pass open!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Tioga Pass on May 9, 2009. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Tioga Pass on May 9, 2009. Photo by Elin Ljung.

According to the National Park Service, Tioga Pass will open May 20, 2009 at 10:00 am, conditions permitting!

EDITOR’s NOTE: THE PASS OPENED TUESDAY EVENING MAY 19TH. (more…)

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