Visiting Yosemite this Memorial Day weekend? You’d better plan ahead

Yosemite National Park visitors are being urged to plan ahead as park officials expect a busy time for Memorial Day weekend, and Tioga Road remains closed.

Park officials are advising visitors to arrive before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m., and to park vehicles at the day-parking areas in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls or Half Dome Village.

They’re expecting Yosemite Valley parking to fill early as there are limited spaces.

Officials also say visitors should use the free bus shuttle service, bike paths or hiking trails after parking. Tioga Road, which crosses through the northern part of the park, remains closed.

The Half Dome cables are still down, and will remain down at least through May 30 due to snow and ice on the trail.

Visitors are being asked to come prepared for winter hiking conditions, and possibly turn back if they experience challenging conditions while hiking. That includes unexpected water crossings, snow and ice on trails.

All campgrounds in Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Hodgdon Meadow are booked through the long weekend, but park officials say in a news release that there are campground and lodging options in the surrounding communities.

Glacier Point Road opened Friday after being closed due to the series of May storms. But park officials plan to close the road again at 6 p.m. Saturday due to another storm entering the area.

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