Yosemite National Park to reopen in part after a three-week hiatus


A view of El Capitan as snow blanked Yosemite National Park in California on February 22, 2023. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

According to the US National Park Service, Yosemite National Park will reopen with limited entry and hours on Saturday. Now, the park remains closed.

In recent weeks, a succession of destructive storms has blasted through the region, resulting in the closure of the famous park in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Tuolumne Meadows has received more than 15 feet (4.6 meters) of snow since February 21, higher than the average single-story home. Warmer storms left behind 53 centimetres (21 inches) of precipitation.

The winter storms damaged roads and structures across many parks, with nearly two dozen reported rockslides and debris flows impacting routes. The majority of these have been cleaned up, stated the park.

The main routes have been cleaned, and the upper elevations have been ploughed. The park's minor roadways and the park regions they service will stay closed.

This weekend, Yosemite will be open from sunrise to dusk. Yosemite Valley will be available 24 hours a day on Monday, with limited overnight accommodations. Campgrounds will stay closed as snow continues to cover them.

Tourists are advised to bring warm, waterproof clothing and car chains as more precipitation is expected in the region.

Publish : 2023-03-30 11:33:00

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