Information is subject to change. This will be updated as soon as any information changes.
Reservations are not required to visit Yosemite National Park. As always, we strongly recommend that you make a reservation if you plan to stay overnight in Yosemite. The park entrance fee is $35 per car (valid for seven consecutive days).
Which campgrounds will open in 2021?
The following campgrounds will be open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing:
Why are some campgrounds closed?
Some campgrounds are closed due to lack of staffing. Shared housing for seasonal employees in Yosemite is significantly lower than usual this year in order to keep employees safe. Employees are necessary in each campground to ensure compliance with campground regulations, clean restrooms in accordance with new CDC guidelines, and remove trash and recycling for human and wildlife protection.
Additionally, most campgrounds are closed in the winter.
Can I sleep in my vehicle in Yosemite?
Sleeping in a vehicle is only allowed in a campsite (except in Camp 4) registered to you or another member of your group. Sleeping in a vehicle in a parking lot or along the side of a road is prohibited.
Hiking, Backpacking, and Rock Climbing
Are any trails closed or modified?
See our conditions page for any trail closures.
Is backpacking allowed?
Yes, with a wilderness permit. All wilderness regulations and quotas are still in effect.
Wilderness permits are not available in the park. Normally, 40% of wilderness permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis at park wilderness centers. Instead, this portion of wilderness permit reservations are available online using a two-week lottery. You can apply 15 days in advance of your desired start date, with the lottery running 14 days in advance. The last day to apply for a permit is four days before a trip.
A reservation is not a valid wilderness permit. If you have a wilderness permit reservation, you must go to any wilderness center during open hours one day in advance or the same day to pick up your wilderness permit.
You must have a bear canister for food storage. Bear canisters are available for rent at the Valley Wilderness Center or you can bring your own allowed container. Rented bear canisters are sanitized between uses.
The buildings are closed to the public and all education and interactions take place outside, with proper social distancing measures in place.
Starting October 16 for trailheads outside Yosemite Valley and October 25 for Yosemite Valley trailheads, self-registration permits will be available on the porches of all permit issuing stations.
How can I do an overnight big wall climb?
A wilderness climbing permit for overnight big wall climbing is required.
Are any areas of the park closed?
No major areas of the park are closed. However, due to public health and safety concerns, some facilities are closed.
Open with modifications:
View all current closure information.
Other Services and Facilities
Additional information about Yosemite Hospitality services is available on their website.
Are restrooms, showers, or a laundry available?
Public restrooms are available throughout the park. Restrooms are being cleaned multiple times per day, which results in restrooms being closed at times.
Showers are not available except for overnight guests of Curry Village and Housekeeping Camp. The laundry at Housekeeping Camp is closed; there are no public laundry facilities available.
Is public transportation or bus tours available?
Shuttle service is not available in Yosemite this season. This includes shuttles in Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, and Tuolumne Meadows.
Yosemite Hospitality is not operating any bus tours. This includes the Valley Floor Tour, Glacier Point Tour, Grand Tour, and Tuolumne Meadows Tour and Hikers Bus.
YARTS is operating its regional transit system (reservations are strongly recommended). Visit https://www.yarts.com/ for more information.
Why are shuttles and tours not available?
Shuttles and tours are not operating this year due to lack of staffing. Shared housing for seasonal employees in Yosemite is significantly lower than usual this year in order to keep employees safe.
How do I visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias without a shuttle?
Parking is available (until full) at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. Access to Mariposa Grove is via a minimum four-mile round-trip hike with 500 feet of elevation changeon the Washburn Trail or the Mariposa Grove Road. Several miles of trails are available in the grove from that point.
Please bring water to keep everyone in your group hydrated (there is no drinking water available in the Mariposa Grove). The Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza (near South Entrance) has flush toilets and drinking water. The Mariposa Grove Arrival Area has portable toilets and no drinking water.
You may also bicycle on the paved portion of Mariposa Grove Road to the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area (but not to the Grizzly Giant). Bicycles are not allowed on trails, unpaved roads, sidewalks, or boardwalks.
If you have a disability, or are traveling in the same vehicle as a person with a disability, and the vehicle has a disability placard or license plate, you may drive on the Mariposa Grove Road as far as the arrival area (not to the Grizzly Giant) through November 30.
Public Health Information
What should I do if I feel sick or think I am infected with or have been exposed to COVID-19?
First, if you feel sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19 prior to arriving at Yosemite, please stay home and call your medical provider. If you are traveling and not near home, stay where you are and call your medical provider.
If you are in the park and feel sick or are concerned you were exposed to COVID-19, you are welcome to call the Yosemite Medical Clinic at 209/372-4637. Please call before visiting the clinic as appointment availability and clinic hours can vary. Other sources of medical care are available in Mariposa, Oakhurst and other neighboring communities. If it is an emergency, please call 911.
Last updated: October 1, 2021