With temperatures dropping, Yosemite National Park officials have taken steps to prepare for winter. As a result, overnight parking within the park has been suspended, affecting areas like Tioga and Glacier Point roads, parking lots, side roads, and other typical parking areas.
The decision to close overnight parking is due to the anticipation of snowfall at higher elevations. Park officials aim to ensure the safety of visitors during the winter months.
For those planning wilderness trips, self-registration for permits will be required. This includes visitors heading into the wilderness from Tioga, Glacier Point, or Wawona roads. Registration can be completed at the Tuolumne Wilderness Center, Big Oak Flat Information Station, or Wawona Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio. The same requirement applies to those embarking on wilderness trips from Yosemite Valley and Hetch Hetchy trailheads, starting on Sunday, October 22nd.
As winter approaches, most campgrounds in the park will be closing soon. Exceptions include Camp 4, Wawona, Hodgdon Meadow, and a portion of Upper Pines. Beginning on Monday, October 23rd, with the exception of Upper Pines, these campgrounds will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.