Winter in the Sierra is breathtakingly beautiful, but poses a particular challenge—winter driving.
From the months of November through April, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the National Park Service (NPS) require drivers to be prepared for winter driving, regardless of current road conditions.
Visitors who do not have tire chains/cables may be denied entrance to Yosemite, as tire chains/cables can become mandatory on any road at any time.
If renting a car, request a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle. Car rental companies will not provide chains/cables. 2-wheel drive vehicles are required to carry properly fitting chains/cables during winter months.
There are several vendors in Fish Camp and Oakhurst (13 miles south) that sell chains/cables. Be sure to ask about the vendor’s refund policy on unused chains/cables.
Big Creek Inn does not sell or provide chains/cables.
For current California road conditions call 1-800-427-ROAD or go to: www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/Hourly
For winter driving requirements within Yosemite Park go to:www.yosemitepark.com/yosemite-winter-driving.aspx
For winter recreational activities in Yosemite go to: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wintersports.htm