US National Park Service announces part of Yosemite National Park to close for days as flooding forecast
Friday, April 28, 2023
According to the park service's Yosemite Instagram account,, and trails to it, Crane Flat, , and the western Yosemite Valley will remain accessible.
Scott Gediman, a spokesperson for Yosemite, said the closure could be extended into June or July.
The NPS closes parts of the park whenever theis predicted to be 10 feet (3 m) above normal. According to the agency, this is when "roads and other critical infrastructure begin flooding."
The National Weather Service Monday predicted temperatures between 10° (5.5° ) and 12°F (6.5°C) above average this weekend, which they said will hasten the .
Thefrom this winter was the highest ever recorded, estimated at 240% above average. "I've been in Yosemite for 27 years and I've never seen this much snow," Gediman said. Parts of Yosemite received 15 feet (5 m) of snow in February.
- Alison Fox. "Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Over Flooding Concerns From Melting Snow" — , April 27, 2023
- Cheri Mossburg, Forrest Brown. "Most of Yosemite National Park to close Friday over flooding concerns" — , April 25, 2023
- National Park Service. "Most of Yosemite Valley will close starting Friday, April 28, at 10 pm, due to a forecast of flooding." — , April 25, 2023
- Thaddeus Miller, Dominique Williams. "Higher than normal temperatures expected to lead to floods in Yosemite, forecasters say" — , April 24, 2023