The White House announced yesterday that President Barrack Obama and the first family will be visiting Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County sometime between June 17 and June 19th, 2016.
We’ll keep this page updated as we know more, about how this will affect your visit to Mariposa and Yosemite.
Update June 12, 2016:
The National Park Service is under orders from the White House to keep quiet about the visit.
Even the park concessionaire is refusing to say a word about the President’s visit and what kind of issues it might cause for park visitors on the crowded summer weekend.
Update June 15, 2016:
The Sierra Sun Times has up photographs of two helicopters practicing landing in Yosemite in advance of President Obama’s trip.
Update June 16, 2016:
The FAA has announced that they will close the airspace around Yosemite National Park between 7 PM Friday, June 17th through 1:45 PM June 19th.
President Obama will land at Castle Airport in Atwater, and then travel to Yosemite via helicopter. [Source]
The National Park Service has issued a visitor advisory for an extremely busy weekend.
June 17, 2016
All climbing routes from and including Church Bowl east to Washington Column (Washington Column itself remains open) will be closed from Thursday sunset through Sunday afternoon. This includes Bishops Terrace, Royal Arches, Serenity Crack, Son’s of Yesterday.