Yosemite is free this weekend, but don’t take this road

Visitors planning to take advantage of free Yosemite entry on Saturday and Sunday are warned that Big Oak Flat Road remains closed before Yosemite Valley.


The waiving of the $30-per-car fee is part of National Park Week. All of the park service’s properties are offering free admission, as they did last weekend.

In addition to the reminder of the road closure, the park issued a press release saying parking areas are expected to fill early both days this weekend. They encourage arrival before 9 a.m.

Big Oak Flat Road has been closed for two months between Crane Flat and Foresta Junction because of a slide caused by an underground spring. More than 200 feet of road is being rebuilt.

Because of the limited access, the park has been allowing visitors to enter free at  Big Oak Flat entrance (Highway 120 — map below). Among attractions accessible even with the road closure are Hodgdon Meadow Campground,  Crane Flat and  the Merced and Tuolumne groves of giant Sequoias.

Yosemite Valley and Wawona area can be reached from the more southerly entrances, Highway 140 (El Portal Road) and Highway 41 (Wawona Road).

Tioga Road (Highway 120 between Crane Flat and Lee Vining) and Glacier Point Road remain closed for the winter.

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