Visitors to Yosemite National Park this weekend should expect extensive traffic delays and several short-term closures due to the park’s popularity on June weekends as well as the visit of President Obama and his family.
Excessive traffic and jammed parking will peak between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m and increase delays up to two hours. The Park Service urges visitors to enter Yosemite before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. and use Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) to reduce travel delays and congestion.
The Park Service also encourages visitors to explore neighboring areas like Groveland, Mono County, Oakhurst and Mariposa, as they will be less crowded.
This weekend some climbing routes will be closed and all campgrounds within the park on the reservation system are sold out.
All climbing routes from and including Church Bowl east to, but not including, Washington Column, will be closed from Thursday sunset through Sunday afternoon. This area includes Bishops Terrace, Royal Arches, Serenity Crack and Son’s of Yesterday.
The park reports that all campgrounds within Yosemite National Park on the reservation system are sold out this weekend. The few remaining first-come, first-served campsites within the park are expected to fill quickly. For 24-hour road and weather information, call 209-372-0200.