It’s a big weekend in Yosemite. It has been announced on the park website that:

The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) will open on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 8 am, conditions permitting.

Half Dome, May 2007
Half Dome, May 2007

This is good timing since this weekend is also free admission to Yosemite, as well as more than 100 other National Park properties. If you can’t make it this weekend to enjoy the $20 waiver, don’t worry – there are other opportunities:

  • June 5-6, 2010
  • August 14-15, 2010
  • September 25, 2010
    (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2010
    (Veterans Day)

If you visit the National Parks regularly (you should!) I recommend just getting the annual pass. At $80 per year (not calendar year – it’s good for a year from the date you buy it), it pays for itself quickly if you visit parks like Yosemite which have a $20 entrance fee. I probably make up the $80 in one summer month of driving across Tioga Pass.

Finally, if you DO get the opportunity to head out to Yosemite to enjoy the arrival of summer, be careful out there. This year’s heavy snow and recent warm temperatures have really churned out the water. Rivers and creeks are very high with strong currents. The National Weather Service has even issued a special statement about the high water levels – be careful!

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