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California National Parks Update Covid-19 Closures

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Yosemite, Sequoia/Kings Canyon and Death Valley Open with No Additional services

California National Parks Update – December 7, 2020 – In support of California Regional Stay Home order, beginning on Mon, Dec. 7,. Lodging and campgrounds are temporarily closed through out the parks. Limited Services will be available.

Yosemite National Park update:

Yosemite national Park will be open for day use from 8 am to 5 pm for day-use activities only. Wilderness permits are not available. While the wilderness (including big wall climbing) is open, overnight stays in wilderness (including on big walls) is prohibited.

How long will the park have limited hours?

Yosemite National Park is working closely with officials from Mariposa County Public Health and the California Department of Public Health to implement California’s regional Stay Home order. Consistent with the Governor’s order, these temporary restrictions will remain in effect until local conditions change.Read more about the California Stay Home order. Updates to park operation will be posted at www.nps/yose and on the park’s social media.

What recreational activities are available?

Winter day-use activities are available, including day hiking, daytime rock climbing, bicycling, sightseeing, etc.

Is public transportation available?

Shuttle service is not available in Yosemite this season. This includes shuttles in Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, and Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite Hospitality is not operating any bus tours. This includes the Valley Floor Tour, Glacier Point Tour, Grand Tour, and Tuolumne Meadows Tour and Hikers Bus.

YARTS is operating its regional transit system with reduced capacity (30 people per bus, with 22 available by reservation—reservations are strongly recommended). Visit for more information.

Are roads and gas stations open?

Tioga and Glacier Point Roads are closed for the season. All other major roads are open; tire chains may be required. Gas is available in Wawona, El Portal, and Crane Flat.

Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Parks

Due to a regional stay-at-home order issued by the State of California for the San Joaquin Valley region, all park campgrounds will close at noon on Tuesday, December 8 through at least December 28.

All visitor services at Wuksachi are temporarily closed through December 26, including lodging, food, gifts, and restrooms. For more information, please visit Delaware North’s website at or call their reservations number: (866) 807-3598.

Death Valley National Park

In support of the State of California’s Regional Stay at Home Order, campgrounds are closed and permits are suspended. Lodging/hotels also close with these orders. Roads, trails, and overlooks remain open.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

At this time it is unclear if Lassen will be closing any services at this time. There are no campgrounds open in winter in Lassen, Winter day so day activity is still an option however it is possible that all facilities and visitor centers may close without much notice.

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