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Mariposa Grove Road, shuttle to open for summer season

Yosemite National Park has announced that the Mariposa Grove Road will reopen to automobiles on Friday, April 12.

The free visitor shuttle to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will also resume service for the busy summer season on Friday, April 12.

When the shuttles are running, visitors should park at the South Entrance Parking area and ride the free shuttle 2-miles to the Lower Grove.

Every year, the Mariposa Grove Road closes during the winter season and reopens in the spring as conditions allow. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias remains open year-round, but during the winter season visitor parking is located at the South Entrance Parking Area and visitors can snowshoe or cross-country ski up the Mariposa Grove Road or the Washburn Trail.

Visitors planning to hike in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in April and early May should be prepared for winter hiking conditions. Up to two feet of snow remain in some sections of the trails in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. For more information on current conditions in Yosemite National Park, please visit online at:

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200.

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