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Glacier Point Road to reopen in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite’s Glacier Point is the Backdrop for Naturalization of 44 from 10 countries on Sept. 19

USCIS and the National Park Service presented a naturalization ceremony in Yosemite National Park. The keynote speaker at this event was Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo’s Government and Community Relations Group Tim Rios.
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USCIS and the National Park Service presented a naturalization ceremony in Yosemite National Park. The keynote speaker at this event was Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo’s Government and Community Relations Group Tim Rios.

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will reopen for the season to all vehicles at 9 a.m. Friday, Yosemite officials announced Wednesday.

Limited visitor services will be available at Glacier Point. The Glacier Point Store will reopen at 10 a.m. Friday.

There is no projected opening date for the Bridalveil Creek Campground, located off Glacier Point Road.

“Visitors are encouraged to slow down and drive with caution along all park roads, as bears and other wildlife may be present on or near the roadway,” Yosemite officials said. “Drivers should be aware of potential hazards in the road, including wet and icy conditions or debris in the roadway. Drivers should also be aware of the potential of downed trees in and around the road.”

The Four Mile Trail, which goes from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point, remains closed due to snow, ice, and other hazards along the trail.

Schoolteacher Dave D'Antonio, 55, of Castro Valley, California, takes you up the Four Mile Trail from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point on July 11, 2016.

Officials also warned that visitors hiking at higher elevations in Yosemite should be prepared for winter hiking conditions. As of May 1, High Sierra snowpack in Yosemite was at 160% of average in the Merced River basin and 149% of average in the Tuolumne River basin.

Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day. Visitors are encouraged to arrive in the park before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. during the busy spring season – with Friday through Sunday being the busiest days. A free park shuttle is available in Yosemite Valley.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions in Yosemite, call 209-372-0200 and press 1, then press 1 again.

There is no estimated reopening date for Tioga Road which crosses the Sierra Nevada in Yosemite.

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Yosemite's famous waterfalls are running extra strong this year after a wetter-than-normal winter and spring. Most will hit their peak in late spring or early summer.

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Carmen George is a features and news reporter for The Fresno Bee. Her stories have been recognized with Best of the West, George F. Gruner, and McClatchy President’s awards, and nine first or second place awards from the California News Publishers Association. She has a passion for sharing people’s stories to highlight issues and promote greater understanding.


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