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The Wawona Tunnel is a highway tunnel in Yosemite National Park. It, and Tunnel View just beyond its east portal, were completed in 1933.[1][2]

Wawona Tunnel
Wawona Tunnel.jpg
The east end of the tunnel
LocationYosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California, USA
Coordinates37°42′57″N 119°41′09″W / 37.71583°N 119.68583°W / 37.71583; -119.68583Coordinates: 37°42′57″N 119°41′09″W / 37.71583°N 119.68583°W / 37.71583; -119.68583
Route SR 41
Opened1933 (1933)
Length4,233 feet (1,290 m)
No. of lanestwo lanes total, one in each direction
Route map


Wawona Tunnel was bored through solid granite bedrock, and carries Wawona Road through a granite mountain on the south side of the Merced River.[3] It is located on one of the three main roads providing access to Yosemite Valley, the most visited section of the park. Wawona Road becomes California State Route 41 on exiting the park. After passing through the tunnel, when leaving Yosemite Valley, Wawona Road continues to Chinquapin Junction with Glacier Point Road at Badger Pass, and reaches an elevation of 6,039 feet (1,841 m) above sea level.


At 4,233 feet (1,290 m) long Wawona Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in California.[2][4]

A $1.5 million federal highway contract to repair the tunnel's ventilation and electrical systems, and a separate contract to upgrade visitor services at Tunnel View, was completed in 2008.[1]


The Wawona Tunnel features in a famous monochrome photograph by Ansel Adams: From Wawona Tunnel, Winter, Yosemite, about 1935.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Leonnig, Carol D. (May 3, 2008). "Yosemite's Wawona Tunnel could be dangerous". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b Rabold, John (November 2010). "Yosemite FAQs". A Guide to Yosemite National Park. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  3. ^ Travis, Virginia. "Yosemite National Park: Wawona Tunnel". Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  4. ^ The long Devil's Slide Tunnel in Pacifica, California, scheduled to open in 2013, is 4,149 feet (1,265 m) long; Devil's Slide; The Caldecott Tunnel in Oakland, California is 3,771 feet (1,149 m) long. Both measured in their longest bores).
  5. ^ "Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea exhibition opens in London". The Guardian. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.

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