Yosemite National Park reopens to park visitors tonight, October 16. Congress has ended the Shutdown. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back on-line.
Major highways and roads leading into and through Yosemite National Park, including the Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove roads, are open to vehicles. Park visitor centers and campgrounds will reopen and Ranger-led programs will resume on October 17.
Let’s see if any word about refunds for Half Dome hikes that could not be done – through NO fault of the hikers with $8 permits. I doubt it – there were no refunds if it snowed back in May. Trail crews will be assembled to remove the cables. It’s still a fine to go up without a permit. Next shot is in 2014. Permits roll into the lottery pool in March.
Register for the High Sierra Camps Webinar on at noon tomorrow.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The primary duty of the National Park Service is to protect the national parks and national monuments under its jurisdiction and keep them as nearly in their natural state as this can be done in view of the fact that access to them must be provided in order that they may be used and enjoyed. ” – Stephen Mather, First NPS Dir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com