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More updates from Yosemite

Postby balzaccom » Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:22 pm

NEWS RELEASE
Yosemite National Park Campgrounds Are Closed
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Yosemite National Park campgrounds currently open, Upper Pines and Camp 4, are now closed. These closures will remain in effect through March 31, 2020.

Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, Yosemite National Park’s entrances, comfort stations, hiking trails, and the outdoor spaces around the Yosemite Village will remain open.

Yosemite National Park is working on utilizing alternative methods to provide interpretive services and programming that adhere to the CDC guidelines. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Yosemite National Park. Download the park’s free App and please continue to enjoy Yosemite National Park through the park’s webcams. There are many wonderful resources available to explore on the Yosemite National Park webpage to help you stay connected to your national park.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Yosemite National Park is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.




Open
Roads (call 209-372-0200 and press 1,1 for current information)
All trails except Mist & 4 Mile (nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm)
El Portal Gas, Wawona Gas, 24 Hour Tow Service
Facility Management Customer Service Center
Yosemite Valley Public Library
Yosemite Post Offices

Employees/Community ONLY
Degnan’s Deli, Village Store, Wawona Store, El Portal Market

Closed
All guest lodging & restaurants
All campgrounds
Valley Visitor Center (Rangers available behind VC)
Valley Theater, Yosemite Museum
Interpreter-led programs
Shuttles
Badger Pass ski lift & equipment rental
Badger Pass A Frame (self-registration wilderness permits available)
Ostrander Ski Hut, Glacier Point Ski Hut, Snow Creek Cabin







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Re: More updates from Yosemite

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:31 pm

Elsewhere, it's posted that the parks are being f-l-o-o-d-e-d by people crowding in while there are no entry fees.

Be kind to the park. Pack your trash out, bring your own sanitation equipment -- IE be prepared to WAG BAG IT, poop/pee in a bag or bucket you bring... facilities are locked and we don't want a repeat of when the government shut down and people were leaving piles everywhere.

Drive safe, leave a plan with someone reliable if you're backpacking -- don't create a huge boondoggle for park employees who are still trying to keep everyone safe while maintaining social distancing.
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Re: More updates from Yosemite

Postby WanderingJim » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:44 pm

And now the park is closed until further notice. Kind of expected after California went on lock down.

https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/management/closures.htm
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Re: More updates from Yosemite

Postby balzaccom » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:58 am

Here's the Yosemite Conservancy's webcam....for your viewing pleasure.

https://yosemite.org/webcams/yosemite-f ... 1EQAvD_BwE
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Re: More updates from Yosemite

Postby balzaccom » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:20 pm

VALLEJO, Calif. — March 26, 2020. USDA Forest Service appreciates the public’s interest in outdoor recreation, particularly in light of current events. The Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service, in response to the recent statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the Governor of California, is joining the cause to aggressively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by closing developed recreation facilities on our National Forests statewide.

“Developed recreation sites” refers to designated recreational use areas designed to facilitate public use. Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are available from local National Forests.

Closures of developed recreation facilities are being put in place until at least April 30th in an attempt to avoid groups of people and promote social distancing of staying more than six feet apart.

While designated recreation sites will be closed, the general Forest area including the extensive trail system will remain open and available to the public. Hiking and walking outdoors are widely considered beneficial to maintaining one’s health. It is the intent of USDA Forest Service to maintain trail access to the extent practicable.

Please keep health, safety and the environment in mind when visiting National Forests. Your personal responsibility is critical to ensuring public safety and preventing further restrictions. We ask that you consider whether your personal participation in outdoor recreation at this time would pose an unnecessary risk to others as we all work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our National Forests safe and healthy for everyone’s use.
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Re: More updates from Yosemite

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:33 pm

SAR teams are posting in Facebook feeds requesting that folks not go backpacking, skiing, climbing, etc in the wilderness areas, to eliminate the need for rescues. Teams would be forced to break the social distancing order to go out searching, thus risking their lives twice over - on the search and also potentially exposing everyone on the team to the virus.
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