If you’re traveling to Yosemite, please be advised a January 22 rockslide necessitates the closing of Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) beginning at 8:00 a.m. on February 29, 2012. The road will be closed between the Foresta Road junction and the El Portal Road (Highway 140) junction.
According to a nps.gov press release, this portion of the Big Oak Flat Road is expected to remain closed until early April while the rockslide damage is repaired. It is hoped the repairs can be completed prior to Easter Weekend (April 6-8, 2012) and before National Park Week (April 21-29, 2012), the latter of which is one of a handful of dates when the Yosemite park fee is waived. (You may want to follow this link for the complete list of 2012 “Yosemite free days” or this link for more Yosemite vacation planning information.)
While the Big Oak Flat Road repairs are being made, Yosemite Valley (the park’s most visited area) can be accessed via Yosemite’s South Entrance (on Highway 41, through Fresno and then Oakhurst) and the park’s Arch Rock Entrance (on Highway 140, through Merced and then El Portal). Please call 209-372-0200 for up-to-date Yosemite road condition information.
While Yosemite is probably the best known National Park in California and definitely should be on your travel “bucket list,” you may also want to click on the preceding link to learn about the other extraordinary national park offerings in the state.
Yosemite is located in California’s Sierras & Gold Country area; check out our Yosemite travel guide here. Alternatively, you can click here to view more Sierras & Gold Country travel blog posts or click here to select an article from our Sierras & Gold Country vacation guide.