Visitors are urged by the National Park Service to take safety precautions while traveling on road

Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent, announced last Friday that the Tioga Road would open for the season on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. for all vehicle traffic. The Yosemite Road Conditions Hotline (209-372-0200) confirms that all roads in and around the park are open with no restrictions. Because of winter damage to two transmission lines, however, the Tuolumne Meadows area will be without electricity and visitor services until repairs are made.

Photo courtesy of NPS

According to the NPS website:

“Due to a light snowpack this past winter (approximately 50% of normal), the Tioga Road was able to be cleared of snow early into the summer season. Snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at the higher elevations. Visitors are urged to be prepared for snowy conditions and possible treacherous stream crossings while hiking the backcountry.”

All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are closed. All commercial services, including the gas station, store, and village grill, are also closed. There are no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities at this time.