Tioga Road at Yosemite to open May 2: earliest opening in nearly 30 years

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season, Friday, May 2, 2014, at noon for all vehicular traffic. The average opening day dating back to 1980 has been May 27. The road last opened this early in 1987.

The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks.

Due to a light snowpack this past winter (approximately 30% of normal), the Tioga Road was cleared of snow early into the season. Snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at the higher elevations. Visitors are urged to be prepared for snowy conditions and possible treacherous stream crossings while hiking the backcountry in the early season.

All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are closed. All commercial services, including the gas station, store, and village grill, are also closed. There are no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities.

—Yosemite National Park

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