Tioga Road to open Friday

tioga_pass(Article from National Park Service website)

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to open Friday, May 2 at Noon

Date: May 1, 2014

 Visitors urged to take safety precautions while traveling on road

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season tomorrow, tomorrow, Friday, May 2, 2014, at noon for all vehicular traffic. 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 30% of normal), the Tioga Road was cleared of snow early into the 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.



10 Responses to Tioga Road to open Friday

  1. Tinner May 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    I’m still bitter with those Park Rangers (FEDS) for rousting our visitors last summer during their little shutdown AND for coming within 3 or 4 INCHES of striking and possibly killing a cyclist a day or two before the road was open to the vehicle traffic a few years ago.
    Somebody needs to remind those guys that song…”this is your land, this is my land.”
    I HAVE ZERO respect for those Federalis after that.

  2. Norm Olsen May 1, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

    The Rangers didn’t do it, the DO NOTHING congress was responsible for that. Remember that on Election Day.

    • Ken Warner May 2, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      Isn’t it interesting how some people get things totally twisted.

      The Republicans forced the shutdown of the Government because they didn’t get their way. It wasn’t Congress or the Rangers — it was the Republicans.


      • RAM May 2, 2014 at 11:16 am #

        Oh BS it was Obama having a little temper tantrum. There was absolutely no reason to close the government or turn outs near Mt. Rushmore.

        • Wayne Deja May 5, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

          Yep….It was Obamas fault…..when he’s not trying to take everyone’s guns away or trying to turn everyone in America into a muslim,he’s hell-bent on closing down our National Parks….

      • Steve May 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

        You used Wikipedia as your source? (rolls eyes)

        • Ken Warner May 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

          Ok Steve (rolls eyes) tell us what really happened — with sources documenting what really happened — other than Wikipedia.

    • Tinner May 2, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      I’m pretty sure it was a Park Ranger being rude to our visitors, not a member of congress and I’m pretty sure it was Park Ranger driving that marked PARK RANGER vehicle that almost killed a cyclist.
      The feds passed their misery onto our visitors last summer and they don’t like it when cyclists ride OUR highway before it is officially open. SOME of them are spoiled rotten territorial federal workers who have forgotten how good they got it, that’s all I’m saying.
      Sigh, good grief boys and girls. Who said anything about Congress?
      The good news is, THE PARK IS OPEN!!!!

  3. Philip Anaya May 2, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Thanks to those folks that got it open, hopefully w/o the dangers and problems of the past.

  4. Jeff May 7, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Was there a written report taken or a complaint regarding the incident? It should be reported! There are more bikes now than ever on the road. Biking safety should be a priority as it is with any public access to the park. If it was a near miss for the cyclist, criminal action should be taken against the ranger.


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