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Yosemite National Park Entry Notification

Planning to visit Yosemite National Park between Apr 13 - Oct 27? If so, in addition to the usual (pre-covid) Yosemite 1 week pass, All Federal Lands annual pass, or Lifetime pass (aquirable at the park entrances) with matching photo ID, visitors will also need a "Peak-Hours Plus" park entry reservation between 5am to 4pm (See details below for dates of the peak-hours reservation periods), aqurirable in advance online ONLY through Recreation.gov. The reservation system will help manage congestion and provide a quality visitor experience.

Yosemite’s FAQ page on reservations - https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/faq.htm
For reservations and information, visit NPS.gov/yose

Park Entry Requires Reservations:

April 13 through June 30: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and on holidays (May 27 & June 19).
July 1 through August 16: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm daily.
August 17 through October 27: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (September 2 and October 14).

WHEN can visitors get reservations:
Reservations will be released beginning at 8 am (PST) on January 5, 2024, for all arrival dates (April 13 to October 27) at https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086745. Reservations will be available until they sell out. Afternoon entry reservations and additional full day reservations will be released one week in advance (e.g., reservations for a July 30 arrival date will be released on July 23). Learn more: go.nps.gov/reserve.

WHERE to get reservations:
www.Recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086745 or call (877) 444-6777

More information:
www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/reservations.htm Or call the YNP Public Information

If visitors are unable to get a reservation, don't worry. There are other opportunities to go into the park this year: by tour bus or non-peak hours from 4 pm to 5 am. Visitor's should set up an account on recreation.gov prior to getting their pass and be logged in and ready to book when they want their reservation.

Visitors can enter with:
Peak-hours reservations
In park camping, lodging, or vacation rentals
Wilderness or Half Dome permits
Regional transit or tour groups

Yosemite Reservations:

Visitors will pick from two types of reservations: Reservations valid for a full day (5 am to 4 pm), or reservations valid for park entry any time after 12 pm. Both reservation types (full day and afternoon entry) are valid for up to three consecutive days, including the arrival date. Visitors with in-park lodging or campground reservations, wilderness or Half Dome permits, or visitors entering the park via YARTS buses and on permitted commercial tours do not need a vehicle reservation.

Peak-hours reservations are only available via Recreation.gov. Reservations go extremely quickly. Establish a Recreation.gov account first, log in to your account, and obtain a reservation beginning at 8 am Pacific daylight time on the appropriate day. Reservations are available during two periods:

• On January 5 for all arrival dates (April 13–October 27); these remain available until all are taken.
• Seven days in advance (e.g., make a reservation for an arrival date of October 27 on October 20).

Peak-hours reservations are valid for three consecutive days (including arrival date).

Each user can make one reservation for each three-day period. For example, if a user makes a reservation for a Friday arrival (valid Friday through Sunday), the user won’t be able to make a second reservation for an arrival that Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The reservation holder must be in the arriving vehicle and show photo ID at the entrance station.

If visitors don't have computer access, they can call 877/444-6777 to make a reservation.

If availability on Recreation.gov says reservations are “not yet released,” it means no more reservations are available until seven days in advance, promptly at 8 am PDT.

A peak-hours reservation costs $2 and is non-refundable. This is collected by Recreation.gov and is separate from the park entrance fee. You need one reservation per vehicle. Each reservation is valid for everyone inside the vehicle.

Visitors CAN get into the park from 4 pm to 5 am. And if someone goes in before 5 am, they can stay all day and enjoy the park without a reservation. If visitors arrive during “off peak hours” they are allowed to remain in the park during “peak hours”. Park gates are open 24 hours a day.

Driving through the park will require a reservation if entering between 5 am and 4 pm. If you are planning to visit after peak hours, please do not arrive before 4 pm; vehicles blocking roads will be cited.

If you enter the park via YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses, bicycle, on foot, or on horseback, or if you visit Hetch Hetchy, you do not need a peak-hours reservation to enter the park. Park entrance fees still apply. The vehicle entrance fee, which is valid for three days, still applies. Credit cards are the only form of payment accepted for entrance fees.

We’ve attached a printable Yosemite information poster / flyer as a PDF file on our website for visitor's reference & use. Click here download & print that. Please feel free to share with anyone to help get the word out.

Tips for Visiting Yosemite:

We’ve also included all the current ways to get into Yosemite with a tour of some sort. These local tour operators and adventure companies do a fantastic job taking care of visitors from all over the world!

Yosemite Tours & Adventures (No Park Reservation Needed):

Below is a list of public, private and specialty tours for guests who want to enter Yosemite during peak hours but don’t have reservations to get in. These are also great for guests who do have a reservation and want a guided tour or specialty adventure like rock climbing, hiking,
photography, fishing and more...

• Crossroads Tours - (559) 658-8687 - www.Yosemite1.com
• Discover Yosemite Tours - (559) 642-4400 - www.DiscoverYosemite.com
• Incredible Adventures, Inc. - (415) 642-7378 - www.IncAdventures.com
• Photo Safari Yosemite - (559) 760-6124 - www.PhotoSafariYosemite.com
• Three Brothers Adventure Tours - (559) 307-5146 - www.3BrothersTours.com

• YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation) - (877) 989-2787 - www.YARTS.com
Seasonal Only - May 10 thru Sept 10 for the Highway 41 Route
• Amtrak San Joaquins (connects to YARTS) - (800) USA-RAIL - www.AmtrakSanJoaquins.com

• Airborrn Aviation - Airplane Tours over Yosemite - (209) 966-2143 - www.YosemiteAviation.com
• Ansel Adams Gallery - (209) 372-4413 - www.AnselAdams.com
• Lasting Adventures, Inc. - (800) 513-8651 - www.LastingAdventures.org
• Sierra Fly Fisher Guide Service | Yosemite Rivers Fly Shop - (559) 683-7664 - www.SierraFlyFisher.com
• Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides - (800) 231-4575 - www.SYMG.com
• Yosemite Conservancy - (209) 379-2317 ext. 10 - www.Yosemite.org
• Yosemite Trails Horseback Adventures - (559) 683-7611 - www.YosemiteTrails.com

Sierra National Forest News:
The Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees, including the Shadow of the Giants trail, which were damaged by the Railroad Fire, will remain closed as planned work will continue through 2025 (no estimated reopening at this time) due to the extensive damage / safety concerns & grove restoration project continues. Parts of the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway remain closed due to the recent extreme catastophic 2023 winter storms (closed for most of 2023) & the wake of the past Creek Fire, as the repair of roads severely damaged & clearing of hazard trees work continues. For more information, the Scenic Byway’s website contains up-to-date information about conditions along the route, as well as other important Byway particulars .

Parts of the SIERRA VISTA SCENIC BYWAY remain closed due to impact from past fire and storm events. Please click HERE for current information from the Sierra National Forest.
A hard closure is now in effect for NELDER GROVE so that hazard tree removal work can continue. Work is currently planned to continue through 2025. Check for Sierra National Forest updates HERE. See Restoration Article HERE.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call or write our local south entrance Yosemite / Sierra Visitor's Bureau.

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