A popular rock climbing spot within Yosemite National Park has been temporarily shuttered due to concerns of a potential rockslide.
Reports from climbers alerted the National Park Service to the presence of a new crack in the cliff near Royal Arches, a stone’s throw away from the historic Ahwahnee Hotel.
In response to these reports, park officials conducted a thorough examination of the cliff, leading to the decision to close off a significant portion of the area. The precautionary closure stems from the looming danger posed by a substantial rock pillar that could potentially dislodge and fall.
“As a precautionary effort to reduce risk from rockfall, the National Park Service is implementing a temporary area and trail closure while the area is investigated further,” the park said in a news release.
The safety of climbers and park visitors remains paramount, and while the closure may cause temporary inconvenience, it underscores the park’s commitment to ensuring a secure environment for all.
Park rangers continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates on the area’s accessibility as soon as conditions permit. Yosemite National Park remains a cherished destination for climbers and nature enthusiasts alike, and the closure serves as a reminder of the dynamic and ever-changing landscape that characterizes this natural wonder.