[Updated June 20, 2021]
Yosemite is open, and there are few things that are different than in normal years. Here’s what you need to know to plan your Yosemite visit.
A temporary day-use reservation system is in place for visitors to enter Yosemite if they don’t already have an overnight lodging reservation or other permit.
Day-use reservations are 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. 7 days before your arrival date. If that seems last-minute, check out our step-by-step guide on how to plan a Yosemite trip in 7 days.
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.
You may always contact Yosemite NPS on its website. The superintendent’s office receives all comments about the day-use reservation system.
People who are not fully vaccinated (2 weeks past the final dose) are still required to wear a mask indoors and when in crowded outdoor spaces. And everyone, is required to wear a mask on public transportation and in healthcare settings.
Outside of those two situations, wearing a mask is a personal choice. Please be respectful.
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.
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 are or will be open in Yosemite for the 2021 season.
Shuttle buses 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 we are excited to welcome you to this beautiful region.
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.
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