Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

Late May Tioga Pass update

Plowing continues on Highway 120 as crews work to get the road through Yosemite National Park open. Rumor has it that plows working on the eastern entrance to Yosemite have reached Tuolumne Meadows by now, working to remove between three and four feet of snow off the road. The plows also typically encounter downed trees, boulders in the road, and avalanche conditions.

Tuolumne Meadows on Friday, May 20. Photo courtesy of Mono County Public Works.

Here at the Mono Lake Committee we have heard that Tioga Pass will probably not be open until the end of June, so be sure to check road conditions before you drive across the Sierra Nevada this spring. You can see progress here at the park’s plowing update page.


  1. I doubt that Tuolumne Meadows visitor services will open anytime soon as the power and phone has been out all winter. Edison will have to find the breaks. Therefore the sewer system can not be up and running until there is power as well as the gas station, store, visitor center, etc. If one has reservations for the High Sierra Camps it might be a iffy season if they open at all. Sorry to hear Greg is leaving. Who will be the new weatherman?

  2. Tioga Pass Road just opened to the top this morning from the east! Bob I’m not leaving, just moving – you can’t get rid of me that easily!