You don't need reservations to visit or enter Yosemite National Park, but reservations for lodging or camping are essential if you plan to spend the night in the park.
The park entrance fee applies to all visitors. If you arrive in your private car, van, pickup truck, or RV, the entrance fee is $20 per car. This is valid for unlimited entries to Yosemite for seven days, and includes all occupants of the car.
Otherwise, entrance fees are as follows:
$10 per person if arriving on foot, horseback, bicycle, motorcycle, or on a non-commercial bus (free for those 15 years old and younger).
Commercial tours pay the following rates (a special permit is required):
- Commercial sedan (up to six seats): $25 (plus $10 per person)
- Commercial van (7-15 seats): $125
- Commercial mini bus (16-25 seats): $200
- Commercial motor coach (more than 26 seats): $300
(Note that fees are based on capacity, not on occupancy.)
We accept cash, checks, traveler's checks, and credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). In addition to purchasing a pass at park entrance stations, passes are available at the visitor centers in Oakhurst, Mariposa, Groveland, and Lee Vining from about Memorial Day (late May) through Columbus Day (early October).
|NOTE: Yosemite is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park. The single vehicle entrance fee would change from $20 to $30 for a seven day pass. The park's annual pass would increase from $40 to $60. The current rate of $10 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 for an individual and $25 per motorcycle. We are also evaluating current campground rates to determine if camping fees are adequate to sustain campground operations.
A 30-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase is open today, Monday, October 20, 2014 through Thursday, November 20, 2014. Feedback will be accepted via email and via U.S. Mail at: Superintendent Attention Proposed Fee Increase P.O. Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389.
In 2015, entrance fees will be waived on:
- January 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
- February 14-16 (Washington's Birthday weekend)
- April 18-19 (National Park Week's opening weekend)
- August 25 (National Park Service's 99th birthday)
- September 26 (National Public Lands Day)
- November 11 (Veterans Day)
These passes admit the pass owner and any accompanying passengers in a private car. Purchase these passes at any park entrance station.
Yosemite Pass (annual pass): $40
America the Beautiful--National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass: $80
This is an annual admission pass covering admission and standard amenity fees. This replaces the National Parks Pass and Golden Eagle Pass.
Annual Pass--Military: Free
This is an annual admission pass covering admission and standard amenity fees for all active military personnel and their dependents. (For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).)
Access Pass: Free
This is a lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. (You can also get this pass by mail for
Senior Pass: $10
This is a lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or older. (You can also get this pass by mail for an additional $10.)
Read more about passes.