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Also on the closure list: a half-dozen sites at Camp 4, a $5-a-night camping bargain near El Capitan used mainly by climbers.

A representative of the park’s concessionaire said visitors with reservations in Curry Village this summer will still get rooms, and that some cabins can be moved to safer areas.

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Rooms at the Yosemite Lodge and the historic Ahwahnee Hotel are not in the danger zone. But the Sierra Club’s Tudor-style rough-hewn granite LeConte Memorial, a library and educational site, are.

Park interpretive exhibits explain the rock fall phenomenon, but no signs warn visitors about potential danger.

"We are about as close to predicting these events as others are at predicting earthquakes — which is to say not very close," Stock said.

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