Some well-liked leisure areas may be closed well into the summer, according to Yosemite National Park, as rivers rise as a result of historic snowmelt.
Yosemite Valley is anticipated to be open, but rafting, swimming, and picnicking in riverside areas would not be possible until July, the National Park said in a social media statement on May 5.
According to the article, there may be some times between late April and early July when Yosemite Valley is impassable due to flooding because there is still a lot of snow to melt.
The Merced River topped out on Monday morning a few inches below flood stage and below the anticipated peak. For the Merced River basin and the Tuolumne River basin, the snow surveys done on May 1 were 231% and 253% of average, respectively.
“I’ve been in Yosemite for 27 years, and I’ve never seen this much snow,” said park spokesman Scott Gediman.
The National Park Service stated in late April that rivers will close because of floods.
Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Bridalveil Fall, and Yosemite Falls are flowing “very high for this time of year,” the NPS said earlier this month.
View images of one of America’s most famous National Parks as the weather has affected it.