Updates from Yosemite, Manzanar on government shutdown

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Official Information: Yosemite National Park
Remains Open on a Limited Basis

Operations During Government Shutdown

Below is a list of services and facilities that are open or closed. Visitor services may be diminished or areas may be closed due to environmental, public safety, or other unknown factors. We are not be able to update road and weather information.

Photo – Tenaya Canyon, 2014 – by Diane Marsden

Emergency Services
In case of emergency, dial 911 for emergency services. Response time may be increased. The Yosemite Medical Clinic remains open during normal operating hours and days: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, except holidays (which includes December 24 and 25, and January 1).

Roads
Roads normally open at this time of year remain open, conditions permitting, including Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41), El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140), Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 from the west), and the Badger Pass Road. Roads may close in the event of a natural event such as snow storm, rockfall, fallen trees, etc. Tioga Road, Glacier Point Road (beyond the ski area), and Mariposa Grove Road are closed for the season.

Visitor Information
National Park Service-provided information and orientation are not available. Entrance stations are unstaffed (but open). Visitor centers and the Yosemite Museum are closed. The public information office phone line is not staffed. All National Park Service programs are cancelled (programs offered by other organizations, such as park concessioners, may operate).

Concession Run Facilities
Concession services normally provided at this time of year remain open. This includes lodging, tours, restaurants, stores, Yosemite Valley shuttle system, and gas stations provided by our three concessioners (Yosemite Hospitality, The Ansel Adams Gallery, and El Portal Market). Additionally, commercial use authorization holders are able to enter the park.

Restrooms and Trash Removal
National Park Service-provided services are limited. Restrooms at or near concession facilities remain open. Facilities not located near concession facilities are closed due to reductions in staffing. Dispose of trash in a dumper or trash can that is not full in order to protect wildlife and avoid a citation/fine. Do not leave trash on top of or next to a dumpster or trash can, or stuff trash into a full one. Carry your trash to a dumpser or trash can at a hotel or store that is open and has a dumpster or trash can that is not full.

Campgrounds
Upper Pines Campground and Camp 4 are open but unstaffed and will remain open unless there is a life/safety risk. Reservations are not being honored. Due to their proximity to concession facilities, the restrooms at these campgrounds are open. Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow Campgrounds are closed, as are other campgrounds normally closed in winter.

Hiking
Hiking trails normally open at this time of year remain open, conditions permitting.
The Mist Trail from its junction with the John Muir Trail above Vernal Fall footbridge to the top of Vernal Fall and the John Muir Trail from Clark Point to near the top of Nevada Fall (the “ice cut”) are closed for the winter. It is possible to hike to the top of Vernal and Nevada Falls using still-open sections of trail, however, conditions may be snowy and/or icy.

The Four Mile Trail is closed for the season below Union Point. It is possible hike from Yosemite Valley to below Union Point (about halfway up the trail), with nice views.

Public Transit
Free shuttle service is available in Yosemite Valley, as usual. For information on public transportation to Yosemite, visit www.yarts.com

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Manzanar National Historic Site

Independence, CA – Due to the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, Manzanar National Historic Site is closed for the safety of visitors and park resources.

Many other national park sites across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, lookouts, trails and open-air memorials will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

Please visit www.nps.gov and select “Find a Park” for additional information about access to other parks and sites in this area. However, note that because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

 

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3 Responses to Updates from Yosemite, Manzanar on government shutdown

  1. vaguelynoble December 22, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    Manzanar, the place everyone is resolved that they really must visit one of these days, is closed, and Yosemite, which is closed anyway from the east side, is offering “reduced services” to whomever might happen through the south gate in the middle of winter.

    Let’s try to soldier through this horrific shut down as best we can. We can do it!

     
  2. Erich December 24, 2018 at 6:45 am #

    I wonder why California doesn’t jump in to keep all our parks open, as is done in Utah. What is happening in Death Valley Park?

     
  3. Sierra Lady December 24, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    Erich, I Googled that for you re: DVNP.
    https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

     

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