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Yosemite Valley sets limits on cars this summer.

If you're thinking about a spur-of-the-moment day trip to Yosemite Valley this summer, take note: for a few hours on busy weekends and during holidays, the National Park Service may limit car access into the Valley strictly to people with overnight reservations there.

The restriction will take place if there are 5,000 cars in the Valley--the total parking capacity, including campgrounds, hotels, and day-use facilities. It's likely to occur between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M.

Park officials stress that the park itself will not be closed--no one will be turned away. Instead, rangers at entrance stations will ask your destination and tell you if the Valley is temporarily off limits. They'll also pass out leaflets suggesting other parts of the park to visit, such as Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, or Tuolumne Meadows.

At a checkpoint at the El Capitan crossover road in the Valley, rangers will have a computer printout of all visitor reservations; if you quickly show your lodging or camping reservation, it will speed you through.

At our press time, all Valley campsites were booked for the Independence Day weekend and nearly full for Labor Day. Some hotel rooms remain, and there are always late cancellations. For lodging availability, call (209) 252-4848; for camping, (209) 372-4845. For a 22-page guide to the park, see the cover story of the May 1985 Sunset.
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