Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, May 7th, 2018
Today: Sunny. Areas of blowing dust. Highs 70 to 76 at 5000 feet...63 to 69 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Areas of blowing dust. Lows 45 to 55 at 5000 feet...37 to 47 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Areas of blowing dust. Highs 73 to 79 at 5000 feet...65 to 71 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
RV Parking in Yosemite Valley
A reminder that RV's and trailers should be directed to the Stoneman Meadow area, and Half Dome Village for parking. RV parking is not allowed in the the following parking lots: Yosemite Village, Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite Falls. (S. Miyako/J. Hoeflich)
Glacier Point Tours
Yosemite Hospitality is operating the Glacier Point Tours Fridays-Tuesdays from 5/4 until 5/22. Departure times are at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm. The tours will operate daily starting May 23.
Round-Trip Ticket prices: Adult $54 and Children (ages 5-12) $34
One-Way Ticket prices: Adult $27 and Children (ages 5-12) $17
Children under 5 are free. (L. Cesaro)
Junior Ranger Program Transition May 16
Every year, hundreds of thousands of youth are sworn in as junior rangers in national parks across the country. At Yosemite alone, upwards of 20,000 youth participate in the program each year. On May 16th, Yosemite's Jr. Ranger program will be transitioning to a slightly new format.
Starting May 16th, families will be required to purchase Junior Ranger handbooks to participate in the program. The books, which have been available for years, are available at the Yosemite Conservancy bookstores located in the various visitor centers around the park, the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, and the Village Store. Yosemite will no longer offer a free worksheet to earn just the badge. The cost of the book is $3.50 (no change in the price). Swear-ins will continue to take place at all visitor centers, as well as the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. Purchase and completion of the books will earn Jr. Rangers the classic badge, as well as either a patch or button, depending on the age appropriate book purchased.
Thank you for helping with the transition, directing visitors to purchase their Jr. Ranger books at sites listed above. If you have questions about this transition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. (B. Loudon)
Yosemite National Park Announces the Opening of Public Scoping for the Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station and Emergency Services Facilities Project - Yosemite News Release May 4, 2018
The Park is soliciting public comments through June 4, 2018
Yosemite National Park announces the opening of public scoping for the Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station and Emergency Services Facilities Project. This project will replace an aging contact station and restroom facility located near the Big Oak Flat Entrance to Yosemite National Park. The park is soliciting public comments through June 4, 2018.
The purpose of this project is to improve the overall visitor experience, improve restroom facilities to reduce wait times, improve parking facilities, improve visitor safety and wayfinding signage, meet accessibility standards, and correct long-standing building maintenance issues.
The Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station and Emergency Services Facilities Project will address the following issues:
- Enhance visitor services by improving wayfinding and orientation
- Update and improve a restroom facility to meet current and future demands
- Improve congestion and reduce vehicular-pedestrian conflicts
- Upgrade outdated utilities systems and improve accessibility deficiencies
- Provide an emergency services facility with adequate parking for ambulances and ranger vehicles
- Address visitor safety issues related to parking, lighting, and fire protection
Yosemite National Park is hosting a public scoping meeting on May 18, 2018, to provide an opportunity to learn more about the planning efforts. This meeting will take place from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite (34001 Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321) in the Private Dining Room, with a presentation from the NPS at 3:30 pm. Anyone interested in learning more about this project is encouraged to join us.
Public participation is an important element of the planning process and we welcome your ideas, concerns, issues, suggestions, and potential topics for consideration as we develop the environmental assessment.
Please share your written comments no later than June 4, 2018, via one of the following methods:
1) Online through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website (preferred method) at http://parkplanning.nps.gov
2) Mail comments (post marked no later than June 4, 2018) to:
Yosemite National Park
Attn: Big Oak Flat Entrance EA
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389
Information about this project, and other Yosemite projects, is available at: http://www.nps.gov/yose/ge
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Vernal Falls Restrooms Closed
The Vernal Falls Restrooms are closed. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. (S. Gaynor)
Valley Power Outage May 17
Museum/District Building Electrical Rehab Project
There will be a full day power outage on Thursday, May 17th for the Valley Admin Bldg, Auditorium, Visitor Center, Public Restrooms, Girls Club, Naturebridge, Proscribed Fire building, and short outages (1 hr or so) for the Ranger Club and AT&T building. Data and telecom equipment in the 3rd floor of the Admin Bldg and the Old Dispatch Room on the west end of the VC will be connected to generator power, which will mean cables and generators will be setting outside of the Admin Bldg and near the entrance to the Public Restrooms. These will power only the phones and network systems, so the lights and power will be off in the aforementioned buildings.
The museum/district building will be on generator power for most of the week except for Friday, May 18th, with outages for short durations (2 hrs or less) while temporary power is being hooked up. On Friday, May 18th the majority of the museum/district building will experience an outage for most of the day while new feeders are pulled from the main panel to some of the subpanels in the museum.
The landscaped area on the west end of the museum will be closed off for installation of a new electric vault, but the sidewalk on the south side of the building will remain open, except for short periods while equipment is accessing the area. (K. White)
Yosemite Valley Parking And Roads
There will be limited parking available at all times at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area or the Camp 4 Parking Area between April 29th and May 8th for at least 55 vehicles. Tour bus parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls parking area at all times (22 buses total).
Northside Drive will close for striping on one day, Tuesday, May 8th, between Yosemite Village and Camp 4 requiring two-way configuration on the Valley Loop Road. This will be the end of the major road work on the Valley Loop Road and Parking Project, which began with construction of the Yosemite Falls Parking Area and reconstruction of the Yosemite Village Parking Area. Construction of the comfort station at the Yosemite Village Parking lot, wayfinding, interpretation, landscaping, and fencing work will continue. (L. Acree)
El Portal Road Delays Update 3/28
Crews have re-mobilized to finish working on the storm damage repairs from last year. Delays will continue up to Memorial Day weekend. Crews will be working on the El Portal Road between the western Park boundary (Yosemite View Lodge) and the Big Oak Flat Intersection. There will be single lane traffic control with flaggers and pilot car operations, so please use caution when traveling thru the construction zone. This work is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend. The following delays should be anticipated while traveling the El Portal Road between the western park boundary and the Big Oak Flat Intersection:
Monday thru Friday
6am to 8am – Traffic delays up to 15 minutes
8am to 3:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 30 minutes
3:30pm to 5:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 15 minutes (M. Pieper)