[Updated January 25, 2021]
(note: we anticipate that Yosemite National Park will return the below operating system once the park reopens.)
Yosemite National Park will open without the need of a day-use reservation. However, due to a recent high wind event, the southern entrance to Yosemite (Highway 41) will remain closed. Highway 41 from Yosemite’s Southern Entrance to Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite Valley will be closed as crews work to clear downed trees and repair powerlines to support the local infrastructure. Glacier Point Road, Badger Pass, Yosemite West, Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias are all closed until further notice.
Yes! As of Jan. 25, California’s Stay at Home order has been lifted and Mariposa County is in the Red Tier which means county lodging is open in the county. Yosemite National Park lodging remains closed until further notice.
Red tier in Mariposa County means that indoor dining, museums and retail shopping are open at limited capacity. Bars are closed and wineries are open for outdoor enjoyments only. For a full list of what is and isn’t open under Mariposa County’s Red Tier status, please see below.
Critical Infrastructure: Open with modifications
Gatherings: Indoor gatherings strongly discouraged with modification and a MAX of 3 households
Limited Services: Open with modifications
Outdoor Playgrounds/Recreational Facilities: Open with modifications
Hair Salons and Barbershops: Open with indoor modifications
All Retail: Open with modifications at 50% max capacity.
Personal Care Services: Open Indoor with Modifications
Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums: Open indoors with modifications with indoor activities at a max of 25% capacity.
Places of Worship: Open indoors with modifications at a max capacity of 25% or 100 people (whichever is fewer).
Hotel and Lodging: Open indoor with modifications with fitness centers at 10% capacity.
Gyms and Fitness Centers: Open indoors with modifications with a max of 10% capacity.
Restaurants: Open indoors with modifications with a max capacity of 25% or 100 people (whichever is fewer).
Wineries: Outdoor only with modifications
Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries: Closed
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.
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.
Yes, masks are mandated on all federal property in the United States.
Due to a recent high wind event, the park’s southern entrance and all of Highway 41 within Yosemite National Park to the Bridalveil Fall parking and viewing area is closed. This includes Yosemite West, Chinquapin, Badger Pass, Glacier Point Road, Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Visitors to Yosemite National Park will need to enter through the Highway 140 entrance at El Portal or the Highway 120 entrance near Hetch Hetchy. Tioga Pass remains closed for the winter. Yosemite Valley and the areas along Highway 120, or Big Oak Flat Road, are the only areas of Yosemite open for recreation.
The shuttle buses and in-park tours will not be running this year, including the free shuttle buses in Yosemite Valley and the ones in Tuolumne Meadows.
The free shuttle bus for the Mariposa Grove is also not operating. The Mariposa Grove is open, but you’ll need to do a little more hiking to get there. It is about a 2-mile (3.2 km) hike along the Washburn Trail to reach the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area in the lower grove.
NPS is committed to trying to keep the road to Badger Pass open for cross country skiing or snowshoeing even though the services at Badger Pass will be closed for the winter due to COVID-19-related concerns. Please be respectful of this wilderness area so that we do not lose this privilege.
Click here for a list of services including hours of operation
While things are beginning to close for the season, some services that would normally be operating for the winter season are operating at some capacity.
The Village Store is open, but is limiting how many people can enter at any given time. Limited sales will be available outside of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center as well. The Wawona Store and El Portal Market are also open. The privately-owned Pine Tree Market in Wawona is open.
Food services are limited in Yosemite Valley.
Visitor centers, the Yosemite Museum, Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center are closed. Stop by the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza, Valley Visitor Center, and Big Oak Flat Information Station to get information from rangers and park volunteers.
Curry Village, Housekeeping Camp, and the services in those areas are closed for the winter.
Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20, and associated guidance of the California Public Health Officer, continue to apply statewide. These advise Californians to avoid traveling long distances for vacations or pleasure as much as possible. This is to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Do not travel if you are sick, or if someone in your household has had coronavirus in the last two weeks. Do not travel with someone who is sick.
In order to keep the number of cases of COVID-19 under control and not overwhelm our rural health care system, we need your help. Take the rules on social distancing and wearing face coverings and handwashing seriously so that the park and the county can return to being open to visit. If you’re showing any symptoms, consider getting a COVID-19 test before visiting. Also, heed California travel restrictions that are in place in your respective area.
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.
Whether your preference lean toward the simplicity of staying close to the out of doors, or you’re looking for a winter lodging basecamp with all the amenities, Yosemite Mariposa County has something to delight you this winter season.
Just because its winter doesn’t mean you can’t explore the breath-taking scenery at Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County.
The Southern Sierra Miwuk people were one of the original tribes of Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas including Mariposa County.