East entrance to Yosemite National Park now open
After about a week and a half of limited operations, Tioga Road opened with unrestricted vehicular traffic on Monday, July 1, according to Yosemite National Park announced.
Visitor services such as general park information and restrooms are now available. Other services, such as campgrounds, lodging, and the store and grill, will open incrementally throughout July.
Vehicular access was limited from 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. starting on June 21 to allow crews to remove snow, set up utility systems to open restrooms and facilities, and prepare for summer operations.
This move resulted in better protection of park resources with no day use of the area as operations were coming on line, according to the park.
Areas along the Tioga Road, and specifically Tuolumne Meadows, are ecologically sensitive areas and the full opening with restrooms available for visitors mitigates many resource issues that were seen in past openings where the road was opened with no facilities available for the public.
#trafficalert SR-120/TIOGA PASS OPEN! Great news from the Sierra Nevada, with news SR-120/Tioga Pass through Yosemite National Park is open without restrictions. Yosemite maintains the road as it passes through the national park. All of the passes in District 10 are now open. pic.twitter.com/aUd9vXZgBu— Caltrans District 10 (@CaltransDist10) July 1, 2019
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.
The road may temporarily close due to weather and unsafe driving conditions at any time.
Although Yosemite National Park is open year-round, Tioga Road is typically open from late spring to early fall.