Frequently Asked Questions about Visiting Yosemite in 2023


Do I need a reservation to visit Yosemite?

Reservations will not be required to visit Yosemite National Park this year. Reservations were required in the summers of 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic and in summer 2022 when numerous key visitor attractions were closed for critical infrastructure repairs. They were also required for three weekends in February 2023 to help manage crowding and associated impacts during the Horsetail Fall event.

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).

All campgrounds will require a reservation until October.

Yosemite will be busy this fall, mainly on weekends. Arrive early in the morning to avoid \traffic delays at entrances and other areas of the park.

Planning for the Future

Yosemite has been grappling with congestion—even gridlock—for decades. We want to build from the lessons learned from the last three summer of managed access. We are currently developing the Visitor Access Management Plan in order to design an approach that provides a great visitor experience while protecting Yosemite's natural and cultural resources.

Last updated: September 7, 2023

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