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Dear Lodging & Business Partners,

We are working hard to provide you with the information and resources that you need to plan for this summer season and act as a liaison with the National Park Service on your behalf. We know many of you have questions and we hope this page will provide answers. As always, the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau is also working to promote Mariposa County as a destination separate from Yosemite. We'll be providing resources to share with visitors of things to do outside of the park for those that cant get a day-use reservation to enter Yosemite and need things to do between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Links to more information on summer park operations

Find in-depth resources on what to expect this summer in Yosemite on:

  • Yosemite.com page which provides info on the temporary reservation system as well as what is open in Yosemite and Mariposa County.
  • NPS.gov page on the new temporary reservation system.
  • NPS.gov FAQ page answering a number of specific questions to the system.

Alternate ways to get into the park without a reservation

  • Take YARTS, the Yosemite Area Transportation System, which includes the cost to enter Yosemite. With the free national park shuttle system operating in Yosemite Valley, YARTS is a great way to visit the park.
  • Reserve a private tour with Discover Yosemite, Incredible Adventures or Tenaya Lodge Yosemite Tours.
  • Ride into Mariposa Grove on Horseback with Yosemite Trails Horseback Adventures.
  • Walk, hike or ride a bicycle in. The Day-Use Reservation system only applies to vehicles and those on foot or bicycle can enter without a reservation.
  • Sign up for an Outdoor Adventure or art class with Yosemite Conservancy.
  • Sign up for a photography class with the Ansel Adams Gallery.
  • Visit Hetch Hetchy. There is no reservation required to enter this area of the park.

Sample letters to send to guests/customers on the temporary day-use reservation

Feel free to use these suggestions as they are or as a basis for your own personalized messages.

For Out-of-Park Lodging Guests with on-the-books lodging reservations

Hello, we’re excited to have you as our guest for your upcoming Yosemite visit! We want to let you know that due to a high number of construction projects in Yosemite a temporary peak-hours reservation system is in place for vehicles to enter Yosemite National Park between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. from May 20 to September 30, 2022. We know that this may be inconvenient, but we’re here to reassure you that you’ll be able to enter Yosemite each day!

We recommend that you acquire a peak-hours reservation for the dates you plan to visit as soon as reservations open for sale on March 23 at 8 a.m. Pacific time. Reservations for all dates from May 20th to September 30th will go on sale on March 23. These reserved passes are good for three days from the start date and allow for one vehicle to enter the park. You can reserve your peak-hours pass at recreation.gov. Or you can call (877) 444-6777. We suggest the online booking option, as reservation call volumes can be high.

If you are unable to get a peak-hours reservation for the dates of your stay, more passes will open up on recreation.gov seven days in advance of your planned trip dates. Also, there are other options for entering the park without a reservation.

  • Take YARTS, the Yosemite Area Transportation System, which includes the cost to enter Yosemite. With the free national park shuttle system operating in Yosemite Valley, YARTS is a great way to visit the park.
  • Reserve a private tour with Discover Yosemite, Incredible Adventures or Tenaya Lodge Yosemite Tours.
  • Ride into Mariposa Grove on Horseback with Yosemite Trails Horseback Adventures.
  • Walk, hike or ride a bicycle in. The Day-Use Reservation system only applies to vehicles and those on foot or bicycle can enter without a reservation.
  • Sign up for an Outdoor Adventure or art class with Yosemite Conservancy.
  • Sign up for a photography class with the Ansel Adams Gallery.
  • Visit Hetch Hetchy. There is no reservation required to enter this area of the park.

We believe you’ll be able to secure a peak-hours reservation through Recreation.gov. We suggest you create a user account on recreation.gov in advance and are ready to purchase on March 23 at 8 a.m. PST. The earlier you book, the better. we expect peak date reservations will fill up.

Regardless of whether you get a peak-hours reservation, you’ll still be able to access the park any day given you arrive before 6 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Early morning in Yosemite can be some of the best times to start hikes, see wildlife or experience the park at sunrise or enjoy breakfast at The Ahwahnee dining room, Curry Village Pavilion, Yosemite Lodge Base Camp Eatery or historic Wawona Hotel dining room.

There are also many great options for fun and recreation outside of Yosemite National Park before 4 pm in the historic Gold Rush towns of Mariposa, Coulterville, Fish Camp, Hornitos and more! For more ideas, click here to view a list of Things to do In Mariposa County.

For Out-of-Park Lodging Guests making a new reservation after March 23:

Hello, we’re excited to have you as our guest for your upcoming Yosemite visit! We want to let you know that due to a high number of construction projects in Yosemite a temporary peak-hours reservation system is in place for vehicles to enter Yosemite National Park between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. from May 20 to September 30, 2022. We know that this may be inconvenient, but we’re here to reassure you that you’ll be able to enter Yosemite each day!

First, we recommend that you go to recreation.gov to seek a peak-hours reservation for the dates you plan to visit. All passes are good for three days from the start date and allow for one vehicle to enter the park. Or you can call (877) 444-6777 to make a reservation. We suggest the online booking option, as reservation call volumes can be high.

Second, if you are unable to get a peak-hours reservation for the dates of your stay, know that more passes will open up on recreation.gov seven days in advance of your planned trip dates.

Third, if you are still unable to get a peak-hours reservation seven days in advance, there are other options for entering the park without a reservation.

  • Take YARTS, the Yosemite Area Transportation System, which includes the cost to enter Yosemite. With the free national park shuttle system operating in Yosemite Valley, YARTS is a great way to visit the park.
  • Reserve a private tour with Discover Yosemite, Incredible Adventures or Tenaya Lodge Yosemite Tours.
  • Ride into Mariposa Grove on Horseback with Yosemite Trails Horseback Adventures.
  • Walk, hike or ride a bicycle in. The Day-Use Reservation system only applies to vehicles and those on foot or bicycle can enter without a reservation.
  • Sign up for an Outdoor Adventure or art class with Yosemite Conservancy.
  • Sign up for a photography class with the Ansel Adams Gallery.
  • Visit Hetch Hetchy. There is no reservation required to enter this area of the park.

Regardless of whether you get a peak-hours reservation, you’ll still be able to access the park any day given you arrive before 6 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Early morning in Yosemite can be some of the best times to start hikes, see wildlife or experience the park at sunrise or enjoy breakfast at The Ahwahnee dining room, Curry Village Pavilion, Yosemite Lodge Base Camp Eatery or historic Wawona Hotel dining room.

There are also many great options for fun and recreation outside of Yosemite National Park before 4 pm in the historic Gold Rush towns of Mariposa, Coulterville, Fish Camp, Hornitos and more! For more ideas, click here to view a list of Things to do In Mariposa County.

For In-Park Lodging:

Hello! We’re excited to host you on your visit to Yosemite this summer. You may have seen that there is a temporary peak-hours reservation system in place for Yosemite National Park this summer. We’re here to let you know that because our vacation rental is situated inside of Yosemite National Park, you do not need to acquire a reservation to enter Yosemite National Park or to get to your lodging.

We will issue you a letter ahead of time that you can present at the gates to Yosemite that will get you into the park when you arrive. You’ll just need to pay the usual fee for a vehicle park pass.

We can’t wait to host you!

Provide special offers to be featured on Yosemite.com

This is a great and free way to advertise your property, and better yet, a special offer can be anything you want.

If you’re a lodging based business, something like 10% off when a person books five nights or more is an example. For a restaurant, consider providing a free appetizer or dessert when a group spends $100 or more. For retail, 10% off total purchase when someone mentions the word “Yosemite” would be a potential special offer.

Think of this as a way to promote your business in a way that has a marginal impact on your bottom line. By posting a special offer on Yosemite.com’s special offers page, you’re getting your business seen by as many as 20,000 people in a month. We spend money to advertise these special offers so you don’t have to.

Benefits include:

  • Free advertising for your business
  • Opportunities to increase length of stay
  • Control over the offer – dates of stay, days of week, etc.
  • Offer value-added or discount offers
  • Opportunity to highlight Summer offers and/or Fall offers

Submit a Special Offer

 

What if I can’t or could not attend the March 11 virtual town hall and have questions?

Don’t worry! This is an ongoing process, and we are committed to working with you and providing the best answers and resources that we can. We will continue to update this page as a reference for our community.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to Jonathan Farrington, YMCTB Executive Director at jonathanf@yosemite.com.

You can also write directly to the National Park Service. As you might imagine, they are fielding a lot of questions at this point, so please be respectful and help them out by making sure you are already familiar with the operational information that is already posted before submitting your question/comment. You can write electronically, or send a physical letter to:

Public Information Office
PO Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389

If you’d like to share your opinion with the Mariposa Gazette, their email for general inquiries is nicole@mariposagazette.com.

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