Arch Rock Entrance

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Quick Facts

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Welcome to Yosemite National Park! Prepare to let your curiosity guide you to new places. Pick up a map and brochure as you enter your national park.

A unique natural feature welcomes visitors to the park, via the Arch Rock entrance. Two house-sized boulders, situated on either side of the inbound road, form an archway for visitors to pass through. It's a truly exceptional experience upon first entering Yosemite National Park.

The park entrance fee can be paid upon arrival. Park passes can be purchased here, and park brochures may be available.

Visitors can also pay the park entrance fee in advance through Once purchased, the digital pass can be saved to a cell phone, or printed and brought to the entrance station where rangers will scan the pass.

Additionally, you may pay the entrance fee or purchase a pass at the visitor centers in Oakhurst, Mariposa, Groveland, and Lee Vining from about Memorial Day (late May) through Columbus Day (early October).

Entrance Fees (valid for seven days with receipt)
- Private vehicle: $35 (no per-person fee)
- Motorcycle: $30 (no per-person fee)
- Individual (walk-in, bicycle, horse, in a bus): $20 per person, aged 16 or older
(fee waivers may be available for curriculum-based educational trips)

- Yosemite Pass: $70
Valid for one year in Yosemite.
- Interagency Annual Pass: $80
Valid for one year at all federal recreation sites.
- Interagency Senior Pass: $80
(Lifetime) For U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 and over.
- Interagency Annual Senior Pass: $20
For U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 and over.
- Interagency Access Pass (Free)
(Lifetime) For permanently disabled U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- Interagency Military Pass (Free)
(Annual) For active duty U.S. military and dependents.
- Interagency 4th Grade Pass (Free)
(Annual) For fourth graders and their families. Must present paper voucher. For paper voucher and more information visit
See website for more details.

Yosemite National Park is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, no reservations are required to enter [the park].

Getting Here:
Located on El Portal Road (Highway 140), about 32 miles from the nearest town of Mariposa.

Rules & Regulations:
Picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis (reservations are not available).
Keep your distance from animals, even if they approach you.
Never feed wild animals.
Dispose of trash in bear-proof trash cans or dumpsters.
While enjoying your picnic, keep your food, trash, and other scented items within arm's reach.
If a bear approaches, yell as loudly as possible to scare the bear away.

Hazards & Warnings:
During the busy summer, you are likely to experience congestion in Yosemite Valley and at park entrances. Be prepared for delays, especially in afternoons and on weekends. Plan accordingly and use restrooms when available. It is best to arrive by mid-morning to find parking and avoid traffic delays.

Request a park accessibility guide to the park. This area also features two accessible picnic tables with extended tops, and accessible restrooms.

Last updated: April 7, 2021