Yosemite Valley, CA– Tioga Pass Road at Yosemite National Park will open for the season this weekend.
The Highway 120 road will open this Saturday at 8:00 am., allowing visitors to enter through the park’s east gate.
Park officials say that due to heavy winter snow and a cool spring, there is still several feet of snow in the Tuolumne Meadows area. Hiking opportunities are extremely limited and visitors are urged to use extreme caution in the area. Ice is also prevalent throughout the area and stream crossings are treacherous.
All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are closed. All commercial services, including the gas station, store, and village grill, are also closed. There are currently no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities.
At 9,945 feet, Tioga Pass Road is the highest east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.