Yosemite National Park announced Thursday there will be limited access to Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) for visitors interested in crossing the Sierra.
Tioga Road will be open to all vehicles, including bicycles, from 10-11 a.m. and from 3-4 p.m. No parking will be allowed on Tioga Road and day use recreation is not permitted. There is no visitor parking available at either end of the road closure.
There are no visitor services available along Tioga Road. The Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, Wilderness Center, and the Tuolumne Meadows Campground remain closed. Opening dates for the 2019 season have not been determined.
Restroom facilities will be available 5 miles east of Crane Flat Junction and at Tioga Pass.
Visitors are encouraged to plan their trips over Tioga Road in advance and to prepare for the restricted access and no access to visitor services. The road will remain closed outside of these times to allow for continued roadwork and snow clearing.
Cyclists traveling over Tioga Road will need to be prepared to cross over the full length of Tioga Road during daylight hours. Tioga Road is closed to overnight camping.
Backpackers planning trips in the High Sierra will be able to be dropped off and picked up at trailheads along Tioga Road. All backpackers will need to pick up their wilderness permits in advance and have a bear canister in hand. It is strongly recommended for all backpackers to be aware of the timing that the road is open and closed and to plan their trip logistics accordingly. Any backpacker who missesthe road open period will need to be prepared to spend an additional night in the wilderness. All wilderness regulations will remain in effect.
All motorists should drive with caution and be aware of possible hazards in the roadway, including rocks, debris, and water. Tioga Road may be impacted by incoming storm activity, including snow and icy driving conditions, over the next several weeks. Tioga Road may temporarily close due to weather and unsafe driving conditions at any time.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200.