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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau Update on Yosemite National Park Possible Shutdown

Dear Lodging Partners and Mariposa County Citizens:

It appears that the shutdown of Yosemite National Park will occur Tuesday morning as feared.  Although we do not have complete information yet on the actual process the NPS will take to shut down the Park, we do know the following:

  • Visitors passing through the Park to reach another destination (i.e. Mammoth Lakes, Tahoe, etc.) will be able to do so on a designated "thruway" such as Hwy. 120 or 41.  Stopping or recreating will be prohibited.
  • Visitors with reservations at NPS campgrounds and Delaware North lodging facilities will be turned away.  Visitors already in the Park at such facilities will be provided 48 hours to exit the Park.  ANYONE needing assistance with alternative accommodation arrangements can be referred to the Mariposa County Visitors Center at 1-866-425-3366.  They will have additional staff on hand to provide assistance.
  • We are led to believe that visitors with reservations in private facilities such as vacation homes or bed and breakfast inns in Yosemite West, Foresta or Wawona will be able to access the respective facility via the "thruways" indicated but that no recreation services or transportation services outside these areas will be available.  Visitation to traditional tourist areas such as Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite Valley, etc. will NOT be permitted.
  • Only essential NPS personnel will be kept on duty during the shutdown.  This includes appropriated public safety and critical operations staff.

The YMCTB will monitor the situation and provide updates whenever possible.  In cooperation with the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, we are preparing a Top Things To Do in Mariposa County (that do not involve Yosemite National Park) list of suggestions to post on our website, our Trip Advisor page, Facebook page and to publicize through a press release to entice visitors to keep their reservations and to explore more of Mariposa County.  We will distribute a copy first thing in the morning should the shutdown actually occur.

We hope this bulletin is helpful to you and your guests.  If you need further assistance or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Terry Selk
Executive Director

Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau
P.O. Box 967
5320 State Highway 49 North, Suite 4

Mariposa, CA 95338
209 742-4567 Office

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