Yosemite National Park is open, and the National Park Service is temporarily limiting the volume of day-use traffic and requires advance reservations for park entry. Initially, they are limiting the number of passes to about half of the usual summer traffic to ensure public areas and work spaces are and will be safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers, with the goal of expanding visitation as it becomes safe to do so.
Key Things to Know:
Entering the Park:
Park capacity will be 50% of normal with a mix of day-use and in-park overnight visitors:
Park entry will be limited to:
1,700 day-use visitors
1,900 in-park overnight lodging visitors
Visitors with in-park lodging, vacation rental, or camping reservations must show proof of your reservation and a matching photo ID upon entering the park.
Day-use visitors are required to pre-purchase Private Vehicle Entrance permits reservation online.
Permits will be valid for entry for 7 days from the permit date. Visitors must enter the park on the permit date to validate or the permit will not be valid.
Show proof of your day-use reservation and a matching photo ID at the entrance station upon entering the park
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.
Pass Holders: Annual, Senior, Volunteer, Military, 4th Grade, Golden Age, and Golden Access Pass must obtain a Private Vehicle Entrance permit online for day-use entry.
Pass holders do not need to pay the day-use fee, but do have to pay a registration fee.
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir area is open with day-use reservations not required. However, access is limited when parking fills. Hetch Hetchy Road is only open from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Day visitors must exit the area prior to 5:00pm. Call 209-372-0200, press 1, then 1 again for the most up-to-date hours.
Visitors in small commercial tour operator vehicles do not need to pre-purchase a day-use permit.
Once You're in the Park:
The Yosemite Shuttle System and hiking buses within the park will not operate.
All visitors are asked to practice social distancing and wearing face coverings is encouraged.
Some trails will be converted to one-way.
Some popular areas of the park (i.e. Tunnel View, Yosemite Falls area, etc.) will have limited occupancy/access.
Some visitor services will be moved to outdoor spaces.
Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles.
Protect wildlife. Obey speed limits and be aware of wildlife. During the closure, due to lack of vehicular traffic, park rangers have observed more wildlife congregating adjacent to or on internal park roads.