It’s official: the impasse in Washington has led to a government shutdown, and all national parks will be closed, including Yosemite. Apparently the Tioga Road will remain open to through traffic, but no parking will be allowed. “Through” roads are supposed to remain open, but it’s unclear at this point whether that means any other roads will be open in Yosemite besides the Tioga Road. Visitors staying in campgrounds or hotels within the park will have 48 hours to vacate.

There’s not much information coming from the park, no doubt because most of the park service employees have just been furloughed! I’ll let you know if I get any further information.

— Michael Frye