Yosemite National Park announced that Mariposa Grove Road opened Friday at 9 a.m., allowing access to the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees.
It's is the largest Giant Sequoia grove inside the majestic park. The road is located near the park's South Entrance on Highway 41.
Some commercial services will be available and tram tours will begin at some point during the next few weeks. Though spring is finally evident, visitors should exercise caution because snow and ice might still be present. Temporary weather-related closures are still possible in the weeks ahead.
Yosemite also announced that road construction on Wawona Road will resume Monday after being suspended late last fall as wintry weather set in. Visitors traveling into Yosemite via Highway 41/Wawona Road will experience delays of up to 30 minutes between 6 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.
The improvement project entails 24.4 miles of Wawona Road starting from South Entrance and ending at Bridalveil Straight in Yosemite Valley. Work includes ditch paving, headwall repairs, sign repairs, crosswalk striping, and other minor grinding and paving.
The project is scheduled for completion on May 27.
-- Pete Thomas
Image of Grizzly Giant within Mariposa Grove is courtesy of Yosemite