Yosemite National Park to Close Due to Significant Smoke Impacts and Hazardous Air Quality

All Yosemite National Park facilities and roads to close at 5:00 pm tonight, Thursday, September 17, 2020.

By National Park Service | September 17th, 2020

Yosemite Valley on September 6, when the Shaver Lake Fire turned the skies orange.⁠ Photo: Allison Denton.

 

Yosemite National Park announces that the park will close to all visitors and vehicular access due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park. All park entrance stations and roads will close beginning at 5:00 pm tonight, Thursday, September 17, 2020.

With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days, the park anticipates the closure to be in effect at least throughout the weekend. The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region. Yosemite National Park will reopen to visitors when conditions improve, and it is safe for visitors and employees to be in Yosemite National Park.

 

[Read here about the few other times that Yosemite has completely shut down before]

 

Yosemite National Park’s closure is in alignment with the closure of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the surrounding national forests.

For detailed information on current air quality and smoke impacts, please visit here.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1. Updated information is also available on the park’s website and on the Yosemite National Park Facebook page.


 

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