Last updated: 01:53 PM ET, Tue March 31 2015

Yosemite National Park Opens Well-Known Lookout Road Early

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | March 31, 2015

Yosemite National Park Opens Well-Known Lookout Road Early

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Travelers looking to take a trip to Yosemite National Park during spring break have a unique opportunity to visit California's Glacier Point Road far earlier in the season than most expected after such a brutal winter.

According to The Associated Press, when the road opened on Saturday, March 28, it was the earliest the optimal viewing locations along the road were open to the public in at least the last 20 years.

Glacier Point Road is one of the best parts of California's Yosemite National Park, as it takes drivers to a peak elevation of 3,214 feet. From the lookout point, tourists can see the Half Dome rock, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite's high country.

The world-renowned road and the unforgettable views from it are closed during the winter due to heavy snowfall. Consistently warmer temperatures and state-wide droughts have reduced the snow accumulation and allowed the park service to open Glacier Point Road two weeks earlier than 2014, when it opened on April 14.

Local officials are warning any visitors who do use Glacier Point Road early in the season to drive carefully in order to avoid hitting or killing the local wildlife not accustomed to the automotive traffic yet.

While Glacier Point Road has been opened to the public, park rangers have yet to open another famous lookout, Tioga Road. The road takes drivers across the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but is still dealing with wintery conditions and the subsequent cleanup.

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