Normally, the Tioga Road, which crosses Yosemite National Park, would be closed in December, due to snow coverage and its high elevation. Derrick Vocelka of Bishop, CA shares this rare look of ice skating at Tenaya Lake along the Tioga Road.

Because the Tioga Road is closed typically from November through May, many people wrongly conclude that Yosemite National Park is closed in winter.  Whereas, only highway access to Yosemite’s back country closes in winter.  The same is true of many national parks, which while they operate with reduced services and access, remain open in winter.  And, in a mild winter like this one, the experience of high country ice skating is possible.

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