[Updated April 8, 2021]
Yosemite National Park is open for visitation without the need of a day-use reservation or in-park overnight lodging reservation. Just simply arrive at the gate, pay the entrance fee and enjoy Yosemite National Park in all of its beauty. Beginning May 21, a temporary day-use reservation system will be in place for any visitors without an in-park overnight lodging reservation to enter Yosemite.
Day-use reservations will be required for all users, including annual and lifetime pass holders. Each reservation is valid for three days. Reservations can be acquired on Recreation.gov.
Reservations are available on www.recreation.gov beginning at 8 a.m. on April 21, 2021. Each day-use reservation is valid for one vehicle and the occupants of that vehicle. For more detailed information, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm
Day-use reservations are included for all visitors staying overnight in the park. This includes reservations for The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village, Wawona Hotel, Housekeeping Camp, NPS-managed campgrounds and in-park vacation rentals in Wawona, Foresta and Yosemite West. Day-use reservations are also included for all visitors with wilderness and Half Dome permits and visitors entering the park via YARTS buses and on permitted commercial tours.
The reservation system will be in effect through September 30, 2021.
If you are driving a vehicle into Yosemite National Park, you must pay the park entrance fee and have one of the following:
Upon showing proof of your reservation and a matching photo ID at the entrance station, you will receive a vehicle permit to enter the park. This permit is valid for three consecutive days for unlimited re-entries. For those with overnight reservations, the permit is valid for the duration of the reservation or three days, whichever is longer.
If you enter the park via YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses, bicycle, on foot, or on horseback, you do not need a day-use reservation to enter the park. Park entrance fees still apply.
Credit cards are the only form of payment accepted for entrance fees.
Yes. These passes cover the park entrance fee, but you still need a reservation if driving into Yosemite. If you have an annual or lifetime pass and are getting a day-use reservation, be sure to specify that once your reservation is in the shopping cart.
Day-use reservations are only available via recreation.gov. Reservations will go extremely quickly; be sure to have an account, be logged in, and ready to get a reservation promptly at 8 am Pacific time. If you have an annual or lifetime pass, be sure to specify that once your reservation is in the shopping cart.
Beginning at 8 am Pacific Time on the following dates, most reservations will be available for the summer on recreation.gov:
Starting on May 14, some additional reservations will be available every day at 8 am Pacific time seven days in advance of the arrival date (e.g., make a reservation for an arrival date of September 30 on September 23).
Each user can make one reservation per arrival date. An occupant of the arriving vehicle must have the user (with photo ID) who made the reservation. The reservation is then valid for three consecutive days (including arrival date).
NPS changed the reservation windows based on public input, in order to better accommodate people with existing lodging or camping reservations outside the park and to allow people to plan more than a few days in advance.
If you try to find availability on recreation.gov and it says reservations are not yet released, it means no more reservations are available until seven days in advance, promptly at 8 am PDT.
This cost is included in the park entrance fee. If you are an existing passholder (i.e., you have a Yosemite Annual Pass, America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, Every Kid Outdoors Annual Pass, Annual Pass for US Military, Access Pass, or Senior Pass), the non-refundable reservation fee is $2.
If you cancel a day-use reservation ($35), you will receive a $33 refund ($2 of the fee is non-refundable).
You need one reservation per vehicle and the reservation is valid for everyone inside the vehicle.
Your vehicle permit is valid for three consecutive days. If you have a reservation for in-park lodging or camping, a Half Dome permit, or a wilderness permit, your vehicle permit is valid for the duration of your reservation (or three days, whichever is more).
In response to public feedback, NPS is temporarily shortening the period a pass is valid in order to increase the number of reservations available. The three-day pass allows us to offer an additional 950–1,850 day-use reservations each week to accomplish a similar level of visitation compared to our traditional seven-day pass. On average, almost 90% of visitors not staying overnight inside the park visit for three or fewer consecutive days. The three-day permit also allows reservation holders to enter the park on any day during their reservation (with the seven-day permit in 2020, reservation holders were required to arrive on the first day).
If you have a reservation for one of the following, your entrance fee will be valid for the duration of your reservation or three days, whichever is longer:
No. One of the benefits of changing to a three-day reservation is that you don’t have to arrive on the first day of your reservation. Day-use reservations are valid from 5 am to 11 pm each day. Day-use reservation holders may not be in the park between 11 pm and 5 am (overnight).
A day-use reservation is required for each vehicle (or motorcycle) that enters the park. The person whose name is on the reservation must be in the vehicle with a valid photo ID.
Groups with lodging or camping reservations, wilderness permits, and Half Dome permits may arrive in more than one vehicle. An occupant in each vehicle must provide a copy or photo of the driver’s license belonging to the person who made the reservation (as well as a copy of the reservation) to be permitted to enter.
Yes. You must have a day-use reservation to drive a personal vehicle into the park.
No. Reservations are not available at entrance stations. You can check recreation.gov before you arrive at the park to see if any cancellations have become available.
You can drive through the park to reach a destination on the other side of the park without a reservation. The entrance station ranger will provide a time-stamped permit valid for the time needed to travel from entrance to entrance. You must drive the most direct route to exit the park; stopping is prohibited. Violating park regulations can result in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.
The park entrance fee still applies and provides access to visit Hetch Hetchy during open hours.
It depends on the type of permit you have. A day-use permit allows you to be in the park between 5 am and 11 pm. If you have a lodging or camping reservation inside the park or a wilderness permit, you may enter the park 24 hours per day while your permit is valid.
If the entrance station is not staffed when you enter, you must complete a self-certification card at the entrance station and display it in your windshield. You must also be in possession of a valid in-park reservation or permit.
Entering the park without a permit or valid self-certification card is a violation of federal regulations, with maximum penalties of a $5,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail. Rangers are on patrol when entrance stations are unstaffed.
The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect park operations in 2021. Visitation to the park will be managed in accordance with recommendations from public health officials, and in line with the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy’s Color-Tiered System. The purpose of following the tiered system is to be responsive to changing conditions, protect public and employee health, and sustain park operations.
The day-use reservations only limits the number of vehicles; it does not limit the number of people.
The park is limiting vehicles based on a percentage of June 2019 visitation. The percentage is based on public health conditions using California’s color-tiered system:
The day-use reservation system has been designed to be flexible and adaptive to conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reservation system is based on number of vehicles entering Yosemite. Overall, more vehicles will be allowed in the park compared to 2020 if the park is in the red or better tier. The opening of more lodging and camping facilities inside the park means more vehicles entering the park will be staying overnight inside the park, making fewer day-use reservations available at the more restrictive tiers.
This system is a temporary system to address public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The park is currently planning to operate this system through September 2021 and will re-evaluate the need for the system based on public health guidance. The day-use vehicle reservation system will no longer be used when the park resumes regular operations.
This day-use reservation and permit system is not part of an implementation of the Merced River Plan or Tuolumne River Plan.
No. Entrance passes and day-use reservations are non-transferable. Day-use reservations are only valid for the person who made the reservation and that person’s vehicle.
You may always contact Yosemite NPS on its website. The superintendent’s office receives all comments about the day-use reservation system.
Yes, masks are mandated on all federal property in the United States.
Click here for a list of services including hours of operation
Yosemite Hospitality and the National Park Service are committed to creating a safe, enjoyable experience during your visit. Some services and operations have been modified and adjusted to protect against COVID-19.
Hotels, dining, and retail are open and day-use reservations are not required to enter Yosemite National Park. Please recreate responsibly in Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County.
What is open in Yosemite?
What is closed in Yosemite?
Yosemite Valley is open. However, some lodging facilities and services are reduced. A visitor information desk and limited Yosemite Conservancy bookstore sales are available outside the Valley Visitor Center. The theater (including park films) and Yosemite Museum are closed, however, the Indian Cultural Village is open. Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village and The Ahwahnee are open.
Camp 4, Curry Village, Housekeeping Camp, the Mountain Room Restaurant (Yosemite Valley Lodge), Degnan’s Loft (Yosemite Village), Happy Isles Art & Nature Center are among facilities that are temporarily closed.
There is no shuttle service in Yosemite Valley. Please consider walking or cycling to reduce vehicle use when possible.
In the Crane Flat region of Yosemite, the Merced and Tuolumne Groves of Giant Sequoias, as well as the Crane Flat Gas Station, are open. Crane Flat Store is closed.
Hetch-Hetchy is open without the need of a day-use reservation. Hetch Hetchy Road is only open from 8 am to 5 pm. Day-use visitors must exit the area prior to 5 p.m.
The following campgrounds will be open in Yosemite for the 2021 season.
Housekeeping Camp will open on April 23 at 50% capacity.
Shuttle busses are not currently operating in Yosemite National Park. Please consider walking or cycling to reduce vehicle use when possible.
Yes! Click here, to view tour services that operate in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Mountaineering School will reopen on May 21.
On trails and trailheads, please be respectful of the hikers around you by leaving as much space between each other as possible. If staying 6 feet away isn’t possible, wear a cloth face covering.
Outside the park, the trails are typically so quiet there is less worry about contacting other groups of people. Although it is still important to be respectful, you’ll find plenty of space to stretch your legs without encountering many others. To find hiking outside of Yosemite, visit our hiking page and sort by region.
Yes! Lodging in Mariposa County is open and in Orange Tier which means county lodging is open in the county.
Mariposa County’s orange status means that indoor dining, museums and retail shopping are open at limited capacity. Bars are open for outdoor seating and wineries are open for indoor and outdoor seating. For a full list of what is and isn’t open under Mariposa County’s Orange Tier status, please see below.
Help us mitigate health risks by continuing to social distance, wearing face coverings, and washing and sanitizing your hands regularly.
All visitors planning trips to Yosemite are asked to be our partner in recreating responsibly. Yosemite National Park conducts thousands of search and rescue missions each year, many of which could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. During the ongoing health crisis, it’s critical that we make wise choices to keep our park rangers and volunteers who serve as emergency responders out of harm’s way.
As always, please recreate responsibly to help keep Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County open without restrictions. Please safely enjoy the park by following guidelines for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Please follow these #RecreateResponsibly tips:
-Adopt social distancing practices and stay at least 6 feet from people
outside your household unit
-Wear a face covering, they’re required.
-Stay on the trail, for your safety and the safety of others
-Stay within your limits. Yosemite is a great place to find outdoor adventure, but please don’t push yourself beyond your physical limits.
Bring the family out for a celebration of butterflies at the annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival. Kids of all ages enjoy the parade, music, delicious food and the much-anticipated butterfly release. New this year – a classic car and truck show with categories like “My daddy would be proud”. Hope we’ll see you there!
A visit to the California Mining and Mineral Museum is truly worth its weight in gold for its fascinating insights into the CA geology that has shaped so much of the state’s history. If nothing else, be sure to stop in to view the largest mass of crystalline gold – 13.8 pounds.
Savor the sights, beat the heat, and add a splash of adventure on a rafting trip through Yosemite Mariposa County. Find flow while drifting quietly downriver past famous Yosemite landmarks on a scenic float trip. Or brace yourself for a thrilling ride through Class IV whitewater just outside Yosemite along Highway 140. Yosemite rafting is clearly the coolest game in town for summer fun.