Yosemite National Park officials have announced the temporary closure of Tioga Road, the continuation of Highway 120 through the park, starting at 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 15. This closure comes in anticipation of upcoming snowfall in the area.
While Tioga Road will be affected, it’s important to note that tire chains may also be required on other roads within the park. Travelers are advised to stay updated on road conditions by calling (209) 372-0200.
The closure of Tioga Road due to snow is a routine occurrence in Yosemite National Park, typically spanning from November through late May or early June. During this time, the road remains inaccessible from the Tuolumne Grove, located just east of Crane Flat, to Tioga Pass Entrance Station. It’s worth mentioning that Highway 120, which is the continuation of Tioga Road outside the park, is also frequently closed during the winter, extending from Tioga Pass to a point five miles west of Lee Vining.
When Tioga Road is closed, it becomes impossible to access Tuolumne Meadows or enter Yosemite National Park from the east. However, all other park entrances, including those along Highway 120 from the west, Hetch Hetchy, Highway 140, and Highway 41, remain open throughout the year.
For those interested in the opening and closing dates of Tioga Road since 1980, plowing updates (which begin on April 15), driving directions, and the current status of all park roads, additional information can be found on the National Park Service’s website.