Yosemite National Park has announced the closure of specific campgrounds, prompting travelers heading there this week to reconsider their plans. Park authorities disclosed that the closure would take effect on Monday morning, May 15, with additional closures possible throughout the week.
The affected areas encompass the Lower and North Pines Campgrounds, as well as the Housekeeping Camp. This decision was prompted by the Park’s evaluation of recent weather forecasts, which predicted flooding in the vicinity. The Park will reassess the flooding situation and provide an update on Monday evening regarding the potential extension of the camp closures.
Due to a forecast of flooding, Lower and North Pines Campgrounds and Housekeeping Camp will close on Monday morning, May 15. Additional closures are possible. We will provide an update by Monday evening, May 15. (1/5)— Yosemite National Park (@YosemiteNPS) May 14, 2023
Yosemite National Park has experienced an unusual influx of snowfall this year, exceeding the average amount recorded for this time of year. As of May 1, the park had already received double the average snowfall, contributing to the present circumstances that necessitated the closure of the aforementioned campgrounds.
For travelers seeking alternative driving routes to reach their destinations, Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and the Mariposa Grove remain accessible. Entry to these areas can be achieved by taking Highways 41 and 140, providing an alternative path to explore the wonders of Yosemite National Park.
While the closure of specific campgrounds may cause temporary inconvenience, it is crucial to prioritize safety and adhere to the guidelines set forth by the park management. By doing so, visitors can ensure a memorable and secure experience when exploring the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park.