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    National Park California

Wilderness Permit Stations

Please visit the Wilderness Conditions page for current hours of operations for wilderness centers.

Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center

Open: May to October. November to April, permits are available at the Valley Visitor Center (open 9 am to 5 pm).

Hours (subject to change): 8 am to 5 pm

The Valley Wilderness Center is located between the Ansel Adams Gallery and the Post Office in Yosemite Village, near the Valley Visitor Center. Park at Yosemite Village Day Use Parking. From day use parking, it's about a five-minute walk (follow the green signs). Or, take the free shuttle bus to the Valley Visitor Center.

Map of Yosemite Village

Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center

Open: Approximately late May to October 14 (conditions permitting). From mid-October to May, permits are available at the Tuolumne Meadows Ranger Station (self-registration).

Hours (subject to change): 8 am to 4:30 pm

The Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center is located just off the Tioga Road in Tuolumne Meadows. It is about one mile east of the visitor center. From the Tioga Road, follow signs for Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, Dog Lake, and Wilderness Permits. Parking is available at the wilderness center.

Map of Tuolumne Meadows

Big Oak Flat Information Station

Open: May to September (self-registration outside in winter)

Hours (subject to change): 8 am to 5 pm

After passing through the entrance station, pull into the large parking area on your right. The information station is just to the left of the bathrooms.

Map showing Big Oak Flat Information Station

Wawona Visitor Center at Hill's Studio

Open: May to September (self-registration outside in winter)

Hours (subject to change): 8:30 am to 5 pm

The Wawona Visitor Center is within historic Hill's Studio, on the grounds of the Wawona Hotel. Park at the Wawona Hotel.

Map of Wawona

Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station

Open: All year

Hours (subject to change):
7 am to 8 pm (April 1 to April 30)
7 am to 9 pm (May 1 to Labor Day)
8 am to 7 pm (Day after Labor Day to October 31)
8 am to 5 pm (November to March 31)

Permits are issued at the entrance station. The entrance station and Hetch Hetchy Road hours are the same (the road is closed when the entrance station is closed). There is no access to Hetch Hetchy trailheads when road is closed.

Badger Pass Ranger Station

Open: December to March (hours variable). Self-registration on porch when open.

Permits are issued at the ranger station or "A-frame." The ranger station is 200 feet to the right of the main ski lodge. Though not always staffed, rangers are often available for questions and advice.

Did You Know?

ARC Students journaling near Hetch Hetchy

Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) brings youth to Yosemite National Park each summer for a dynamic literacy and leadership immersion program. ARC works with students, boosting academic and leadership skills through a variety of programs, including a 40 day experience in Yosemite full of adventure and intensive learning.