Yosemite to temporarily go back to Day use reservation system for entering park.

Yosemite National Park – January 31, 2021 – Beginning February 8, visitors to Yosemite National Park will need a day-use reservation to enter the park. The temporary day-use reservation system will allow the park to manage visitation levels to reduce risks associated with exposure to COVID-19.
Day-use reservations will be required for all users, including annual and senior pass holders. Each reservation is valid for seven days and must be validated the first day of the reservation.

Reservations are available on www.recreation.gov beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1. 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.

For visitors staying inside the park, at the Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge or Upper Pines Campground, day-use reservations are included with overnight lodging reservations.   

The reservation system will be in effect until local public health conditions improve.  

The health and safety of park visitors, employees, and partners continues to be our number one priority.

For further information on Yosemite National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/yose.  

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Vehicle Reservations

To better manage heavy visitation in Yosemite National Park while California continues to experience the COVID-19 pandemic, reservations will be temporarily required to enter Yosemite every day beginning Monday, February 8, 2021. Reservations will be required until local public health conditions improve.

Do I need a reservation to visit Yosemite National Park?

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 seven consecutive day for unlimited re-entries.

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.

How and when do I get a day-use reservation to visit Yosemite National Park?

Day-use reservations are only available via recreation.gov. Reservations go quickly; be sure to have an account, be logged in, and ready to get a reservation promptly at 8 am Pacific time the day you make your reservation.

Beginning at 8 am Pacific time on February 1, 80% of day-use reservations are available for all of February at https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086745.

Beginning at 8 am Pacific time two days prior to a day-use reservation date, the remaining 20% of day-use reservations will be available. For example, on February 8 at 8 am, day-use reservations for February 10 will be available.

Each user can make one reservation per entry date. You must arrive on the arrival date listed on your reservation. An occupant of the arriving vehicle must be the reservation holder (with photo ID). The reservation is then valid for seven consecutive days (including arrival date).

On recreation.gov what does it mean that “reservations are not yet released”?

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 two days in advance of the target date, promptly at 8 am Pacific Time (Reminder: 20% of reservations are released two days in advance).

How much does a day-use reservation cost?

This cost is included in the park entrance fee. If you are an existing passholder (e.g., 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.

Do I have to arrive on the first day of my reservation?

You must arrive on the start date indicated on 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).

Why do I have to arrive on the first day of my day-use reservation?

Passes are limited each day to maintain a consistent level of visitation throughout the week and provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience. To enable visitors time to explore the park, passes are valid for a total of seven consecutive days based on the reservation start date. Weekends are more popular than other days and typically sell out first. If the requirement to arrive on the first day did not exist, the result would be that weekends would have more visitor arrivals than park staff and facilities can accommodate, leading to issues with traffic, crowding, and cleanliness. In order to maximize the number of passes available during the entire week and maintain safe and enjoyable conditions for everyone, we are unable to accommodate initial arrivals after the reservation date.

What if my group is arriving in more than one vehicle?

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, or wilderness permits may arrive in more than one vehicle. An occupant in each vehicle must provide a copy or photo of the driver license belonging to the person who made the reservation (as well as a copy of the reservation) to be permitted to enter.

Do I need a reservation to enter the park if I have a reservation for a campground or lodging accommodation located outside of Yosemite National Park?

Yes. You must have a day-use reservation to drive a personal vehicle into the park.

Do I need a reservation to enter the park if I have an annual pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass, Volunteer Pass, or 4th Grade Pass?

Yes. You must have an in-park reservation or permit, or a day-use reservation, to drive a personal vehicle into the park.

Are same-day reservations available? Can I wait at the entrance station and enter the park if people with reservations don’t show up?

No. Reservations are not available at entrance stations. You can check recreation.gov before you arrive to the park to see if any cancellations have become available.

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