You may not want to plan on camping in Yosemite National Park this July. Park officials canceled most reservations for next month after partially reopening on June 11.
The park canceled reservations with arrival dates through July 31. The closed locations include Bridalveil Horse Camp, Crane Flat, Lower Pines, North Pines, and Tuolumne Meadows. These campgrounds closed back in March due to the virus.
On Tuesday, Park spokeswoman Jamie Richards shared that authorities found no cases of coronavirus in the park at this time. Currently, Park officials are monitoring “all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19,” Richards said, according to Los Angeles Times.
In the park website’s FAQ section, Yosemite rangers also share that Camp 4 remains closed. The popular climbing area “is closed due to the shared nature of the campsites.” The park aims to comply with health guidelines but Camp 4 “doesn’t allow for adequate social distancing.” The site explains that other campgrounds remain “closed due to lack of staffing.”
Yosemite’s June Phased Reopening
Earlier in June, the park opened half of the sites within the Upper Pines Campground as well as some locations at Wawona Horse Camp. In addition to the campgrounds, the park opened 800 miles of hiking trails and other vacation rentals.
Acting Superintendent Cicely Muldoon shared a statement on the park’s reopening last month. “It’s going to be a different kind of summer, and we will continue to work hand in hand with our gateway communities to protect community health and restore access to Yosemite National Park,” Muldoon said.
Camping at Yosemite in July and August may not look promising. However, Lisa Cesaro, spokeswoman for Yosemite concessionaire Aramark, says that summer availability for rooms “is still very limited, but we have availability in the fall. Most of that open availability is in the month of October onward.”
[H/T Los Angeles Times]