Upper River Temporary Parking
Additional parking is required in Yosemite Valley for day-use visitors while the park completes parking and road improvements in 2016. Yosemite will open a portion of the Upper River area for parking between mid-September and November 18, 2016. Upper River was once the site of a campground, which the park removed after repeated flood damage. The site was also used as an informal staging area.
The park will allow parking only in areas of dried herbaceous vegetation, outside the drip-line of California black oak trees and away from young and mature conifers. Park crews will mark parking boundaries with construction fencing. About 15 dead hazard trees and one live conifer (<24" dbh) require removal. There will be no grading and the park will restore the site to natural conditions after November 18, 2016.