As announced on November 15, 2022, Yosemite National Park will not require temporary peak-hours vehicle reservations to enter the park in summer of 2023. The decision follows three years of a reservation system that originally was implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and later assist with significant construction projects in the park. The decision will make it easier for travelers to plan their visit to Yosemite Mariposa County.
The suspension of the reservation system in 2023 will allow NPS to conduct a full environmental assessment in the coming year which will include public input. YMCTB and the Mariposa County Lodging Association members look forward to participating and engaging with the National Park Service and providing business-based data and experience in those conversations.
In previous years, the National Park Service has required temporary vehicle reservations from May to September. The system was first introduced in 2020 and continued in 2021 as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep staff and guests alike safe. In 2022, the temporary peak hours vehicle reservation was put in place due to a high number of construction and renovation projects in Yosemite such as the repaving of Glacier Point Road and Tioga Pass, the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project and the construction of a new Welcome Center in Yosemite Valley.
YMCTB does recommend that visitors make a detailed travel plan for visiting, no matter how long or short their vacation will be. The organization offers some helpful tips for visitation:
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