Holiday crowds can expect plenty of watery wonder at Yosemite

Water, water everywhere. That's what the big crowds that are expected at Yosemite National Park over the Memorial Day weekend will find as they explore the scenic wonders.

But all that water and all those tourists can make for a busy, and potentially dangerous, holiday for park rangers amid the exploding waterfalls and fast-flowing waterways.

With an above-average snowpack in the Sierra, park officials suggest using extreme caution around any flowing water.

All campgrounds on the reservation system are full. There are a limited number of first-come, first-served campsites available, but people are urged to arrive early to secure one.

All trails in the park are open, but some still have patches of ice and snow. Hikers also should keep in mind that the weather can change quickly in the park and they should be prepared for that, officials said.

Glacier Point Road will be open for the season Friday, but Tioga Road remains closed. The Half Dome cables won't be in place for the holiday weekend because there's too much snow.

Despite those warnings and closures, the park is expected to put on the best water show in years.

Bee City Editor David W. Hill can be reached at or 578-2336.