Yosemite National Park has announced most of Yosemite Valley will close starting Friday, April 28, at 10 pm, due to a forecast of flooding caused by snowmelt. The closure is scheduled to last until at least Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

Reservations for lodging and campgrounds in eastern Yosemite Valley will automatically be canceled and refunded. This includes The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Village, Camp 4, Curry Village, and more. Wilderness permits can be rescheduled to alternate trailheads as space allows.

The park anticipates additional flooding and closures will continue to occur through May and possibly into June as the unprecedented amount of snow the park received this winter begins to melt.

What’s Still Open During?

During this closure, Wawona, Mariposa Grove (via hike only), Crane Flat area, Hetch Hetchy, and western Yosemite Valley will be open.

In Yosemite Valley, the closure will begin at the El Capitan crossover. There will be no visitor access, including pedestrian access, east of that road. Parking will be available in the western Yosemite Valley, however, it will be extremely limited and visitors are not allowed to park off-road. Additionally, Yosemite officials sate no services will be available in the western Yosemite Valley.

Those with upcoming travel plans should keep an on Yosemiute’s website for further updates and closures. This marks the second closure Yosemite has experienced since the start of 2023.