Yosemite announces slow start to spring with roads and facilities opening later than usual

Buried under snow, Yosemite will see a slow start to spring this year.

The national park announced Wednesday roads and facilities closed for winter will open later than usual as the park wakes from a winter marked by relentless storms.

Plowing will begin on Glacier Point and Tioga roads in April, but neither road is expected to be open before Memorial Day. Last year Tioga Road opened on May 21.

The installation of the Half Dome cables, the Mariposa Grove Visitor Shuttle, and car access to the Mariposa Grove parking areas will also be delayed, and visitors should check the Yosemite website for information on opening dates.

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A statement from the park also said, “Several facilities operated by Yosemite Hospitality, the park’s primary concessioner, are also expected to open later than usual.”

Yosemite Hospitality operates lodging, restaurants, retail, tours and transportation. SFGATE reached out to the company for details and will update the story when we hear back.

The snowpack in the Yosemite area measured 143 percent of normal in a March 1 survey. The piles of snow are the result of several severe storms that barreled across the Sierra Nevada in January and February, resulting in temporary road closures from rock and debris slides.

Fallen trees damaged campground restrooms, campsites, tent cabins, parking areas, hiking trails and roads.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/yosemite-spring-opening-campgrounds-tioga-road-13685673.php.

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