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Yosemite openings delayed by snow, storm damage

Fierce winter storms have delayed the opening of some popular Yosemite National Park destinations, park officials announced on Wednesday.
Neither Glacier Point Road nor Tioga Road, the park’s routes to the east, will be open before Memorial Day.
Installation of the Half Dome cables will also be postponed, along with the shuttle and car access to the Mariposa Grove.  No opening date has been set for these sites.
Winter storms damaged a restroom in Upper Pines campground in Yosemite Valley. (NPS photo) 
The rugged High Sierra Camps and several other facilities operated by Yosemite Hospitality, the park’s primary concessioner, are also expected to open later than usual.
January and February storms delivered snowpack that measures 143 percent of normal. The storms also caused falling trees and rock and debris slides, which caused extensive damage to campsites, utilities, restrooms, parking areas, hiking trails and roads.
As spring temperatures begin to warm, the park’s rivers and streams will be cold and fast-moving, so visitors should take special precautions when crossing water, according to park spokesperson Jamie Richards. Related Articles





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“Even the best swimmers can find themselves in a difficult situation under the current water conditions,” Richards said.
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For more information:
For the latest updates on park programs and facilities, go to: www.nps.gov/yose .
For the latest information on concession-operated programs and facilities, go to: https://www.travelyosemite.com/ .
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, call 209-372-0200 and press 1.

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