Yosemite National Park and the surrounding area has been closed since July 25. The Ferguson Fire reached remote parts of the park and burned almost 100,000 acres. Because of the blaze, Yosemite Valley was evacuated and shut down to the public. But, the majority of it will reopen next week, according to KCRA.
The recent closure of the park has been the longest in 20 years. Back in 1997, it was closed for two months due to flooding. While the Ferguson Fire is 80% contained at the moment, officials warn that smoke and fire are still present in the area.
Most of Yosemite Valley will reopen Tuesday, August 14 at 9 AM. Glacier Point Road and the Hetch Hetchy Area remain closed. You’ll have to enter from El Portal Road (Hwy. 140), the Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy. 120) or the Tioga Road (Hwy. 120). Remember, air quality is still poor, so you might want to wait a little big longer to visit.