Yosemite National Park to Re-Implement a Day-Use Reservation System

Re-Implements Day-Use Reservation System Beginning on Friday, May 21, 2021

Yosemite National Park to Re-Implement a Day-Use Reservation System Beginning on Friday, May 21, 2021 

 Yosemite National Park – Beginning Friday, May 21, 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 lifetime pass holders. Each reservation is valid for three days.

Reservations are available on www.recreation.gov beginning at 8 a.m. on April 21, 2021. 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

The reservation system will be in effect through September 30, 2021

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. Day-use reservations are also included for all visitors with wilderness and Half Dome permits and visitor entering the park via YARTS buses and on permitted commercial tours.

The reservation system will be in effect through September 30, 2021.  For further information on Yosemite National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/yose.

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6 months ago

Yes, Genevieve. New for this year, excerpted from this page:


You can drive through the park to reach a destination on the other side of the park without a reservation. The entrance station ranger will provide a time-stamped permit valid for the time needed to travel from entrance to entrance. You must drive the most direct route to exit the park; stopping is prohibited. The park entrance fee still applies. Information is subject to change.

Genevieve Woods
Genevieve Woods
6 months ago

What I, and many other locals really want to to know, is if local residents can drive through the park without a reservation? My relatives live in the Bay Area, the fastest way to get there is through Yosemite (if I travel at off peak hours). But this last summer I was only able to drive through when the park was closed due to forest fires.

Charles James
6 months ago

We were unable to speak with someone at the park public relations office by phone, so we left a message and fired off an email to the park’s public information officer. We hope to hear back soon and as soon as we do, we’ll let our readers and listeners know! Thanks for asking the question. It is something many of us would like to know.