You must use approved bear canisters throughout the Yosemite Wilderness to store all your food. (Read more...)
Bear Canister Rentals You can rent a Garcia Backpackers' Cache 812 canister from any staffed wilderness permit station. The cost is $5 per week with a $95 deposit (cash or credit card accepted, but you must pick up the cash deposit at the location where you rented the canister during business hours). Reservations are not available, nor are they necessary.
Garcia Backpackers' Cache canisters are 12 inches (30 cm) tall, 8.8 inches (22.4 cm) in diameter, have a volume of 615 cubic inches (10 L), and weigh 2 pounds, 11 ounces (1.2 kg).
To Return a Canister in Yosemite
Please empty and clean your canister before returning it (a $15 fee may be charged for canisters not cleaned prior to return).
You can return bear canisters 24 hours per day to any wilderness permit station.
If the station is open, please return to the front desk for quicker processing. If the station is closed, you can find a drop box outside the permit station.
Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center (all year) or Valley Visitor Center (winter)
Wawona Visitor Center at Hill's Studio
Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
Big Oak Flat Information Station
Arch Rock Entrance Station (returns only)
Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station
There are no return locations outside Yosemite
To Return a Canister by Mail Simply place the bear canister in the mail with a mailing label and appropriate postage. Please place the mailing label on the side of the canister and not on either the top or bottom of the canister. (A label on the bottom obscures our tracking number and labels on the lid interfere with the canister locking mechanism.) Also, do not place any tape or stickers over the lid or latches on the lid as they too may interfere with normal usage (if the lid gets lost in transit we will not revoke your security deposit).
Mail canisters to:
PO Box 545
Yosemite, CA 95389
(209) 372-0200 The public information office is open from 9 am to 5 pm Pacific time (closed for lunch). Once connected, dial 3 then 5. If the ranger is already on the line, you'll be returned to the main menu. If the ranger is not there, you can leave a message and we will return your call.