Road and Weather Information

Please contact +1-209-372-0209 for road and weather information prior to your arrival. For additional information and directions, view the Yosemite Park Web site. Note: the The conference will be held on the property of the Yosemite Lodge.

Vehicle Requirements

It is strongly recommended that attendees carry tire chains in vehicles during the commute to and from Yosemite. Snowy or icy road conditions are common in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada from fall through spring. When these conditions exist, federal regulations (in Yosemite) and state law (outside Yosemite) require that drivers use chains or cables in order to reduce the chance of accidents. Chain requirements are strictly enforced. Drivers must have tire chains or cables in their possession when entering a designated chain control area, even if they are driving a four-wheel drive or rental vehicle. (Designation is by a sign that says, “CHAINS REQUIRED”). Conditions dictate when chains are required; therefore, it is not possible to predict if chains will be required ahead of time. It is strongly recommended that drivers have chains when visiting Yosemite as conditions can change rapidly and chains can become required at any time. Within a designated chain control area, drivers must use chains or cables on the car’s drive wheels when the chain control sign does not exempt the car. Even if the car is exempt, drivers must have chains or cables in their possession.

Parking Details

There is a $20 entrance fee per vehicle collected by the National Park Service at park entrance stations. Click here to see an overview of the Yosemite Valley and parking areas.  Gasoline is no longer available in Yosemite Valley. Gasoline is available at service stations near park entrances and in Yosemite National Park at Crane Flat and Wawona, as well as Tuolumne Meadows seasonally.

Note: attendees can drive from the Yosemite Lodge to the Ahwahnee hotel; however, it is strongly NOT recommended since parking is very limited; carpooling is encouraged. Arrangements have been made for transporting attendees to and from the banquet on Thursday evening, 13 February.

 

Need to Get Around?

View the property map for free shuttle service options within the park.

Airports

  • Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (FAT) – 1 hour to Southern entrance via Highway 41. 2 hours to the heart of Yosemite Valley.  There is no public transportation from Fresno to Yosemite.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 2 ½ hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway 120, 3 ½ hours to heart of Yosemite Valley.  Public transportation available to Yosemite.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – 6 hours to Yosemite Valley via I-5 to Highway 99 to Highway 41.
  • Oakland (OAK) – 2 ½ hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway 120, 3 ½ hours to heart of Yosemite Valley.  Public transportation available to Yosemite.
  • Sacramento (SMF) – 2 ¼ hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway 12 and 3 ¼ hours to heart of Yosemite Valley. Public transportation available to Yosemite.