YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A large rockslide has blocked one of the main roads into Yosemite National Park that will remain closed at least through the weekend, an official said Tuesday. About 4,000 tons (3,600 metric tons) of rock detached from a cliff on Monday, blocking El Portal Road, park spokesman Scott Gediman.El Portal Road is a continuation of Highway 140 and the gateway for about a third of the park’s visitors who enter from the foothills above the Central Valley. About 700,000 to 800,000 visitors use that entrance each year, Gediman said.”This massive slab of rock slid down the cliff, hit a ledge, and broke into many pieces,” he said.Those pieces fragmented further after hitting the base of the cliff and fanned out over an… Next »
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