SOURCE: Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

January 27, 2012 09:00 ET

Two Major Routes to Yosemite Remain Open to Visitors

Highways 140 From the West and 41 From the South Provide Easy Access to the Park and Mariposa County

MARIPOSA, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 27, 2012) - Two of the most popular routes for visitors traveling into Yosemite National Park remain open, allowing easy access to the area despite a rockslide that has closed Big Oak Flat Road on Highway 120.

Visitors can travel on all-season Highway 140 from the west, which passes through the historic town of Mariposa and along the Merced River into Yosemite's West entrance that leads directly to the Valley floor, while Highway 41 provides access to the Park from the south. Both routes also offer a variety of overnight accommodations, shopping and dining options.

"Last year, we experienced record visitation in Yosemite and many of those travelers came into the region on one highway corridor and left using another largely because of the convenience and the scenery each has to offer," said Jeffrey Hentz, Executive Director of Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau. "Many people don't realize that there are a variety of ways to get in to Yosemite, especially in the winter, that provide easy access into the Park."

Visitors to Yosemite National Park can also take Highway J132 from Modesto, which was named the John Muir Highway last year, into Coulterville and then follow Highway 49 south to Highway 140. For more information, visit the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau at www.homeofyosemite.com or call 1.866.HALF.DOME.

About Yosemite & Mariposa County
Located in the heart of California and home of Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County is a world class destination for all seasons, all nestled within the awe-inspiring surroundings of natural monuments, lush vineyards and notable landmarks. Combining the rich history of California's gold rush with its engaging events and welcoming locals, it's no wonder Mariposa County, which boasts a variety of more than 3,500 accommodations, attracts millions of travelers from all over the world each year. For more information, visit the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau at www.homeofyosemite.com or call 1.866.HALF.DOME.

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