02.17.14

Yosemite National Park Plan Will Limit Visitors to Park

Yosemite National Park intends to limit the number of visitors to 18,710 and 21,000 visitors a day during peak times.  The park has plans to ease congestion by adding shuttle buses and improving traffic flow.  Once capacity is reached, the cars will be turned away and directed to other sections of the park.

Also included in the plan is to add 174 campsites bringing the total to 640, and increase parking for visitors who don’t stay overnight.  Although the Park considered eliminating bike and raft rentals, these will continue but will be moved farther away from the flood-prone Merced River.

Yosemite National Park, the 3rd most visited national park has 1,200 square miles of wilderness, but most visitors end up in the 8-mile-square Yosemite Valley.

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