Frequently Asked Questions about Visiting Yosemite in 2022

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Entrance Reservations Basics

A reservation is required to drive into or through Yosemite National Park from May 20 through September 30, 2022, for those driving into the park between 6 am and 4 pm. The temporary reservation system helps manage congestion and provide a quality visitor experience while numerous key visitor attractions are closed for critical infrastructure repairs.

Do I need a reservation to visit Yosemite?

Yes, if you are driving a vehicle into or through Yosemite National Park between 6 am and 4 pm (peak hours), you must have one of the following with matching photo ID:

Driving through the park without stopping requires a reservation if entering the park between 6 am and 4 pm.

The vehicle entrance fee, which is valid for three days, still applies. For those with an overnight reservation, the fee is valid for three days or the duration of the overnight reservation (whichever is longer). Credit cards are the only form of payment accepted for entrance fees.If you enter the park via YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses, bicycle, on foot, or on horseback, or if you visit Hetch Hetchy, you do not need a peak-hours reservation to enter the park. Park entrance fees still apply.

Do I need a reservation to drive into the park during non-peak hours (before 6 am or after 4 pm)?

No. If you enter Yosemite before 6 am or after 4 pm, you do not need a reservation. You can remain in the park during peak hours if you arrive during these non-peak hours. If you are planning to arrive after 4 pm, please do not arrive at a park entrance station until after 4 pm. Do not try to arrive early. Vehicles blocking roads will be cited.

To arrive at the nearest Yosemite entrance at 4 pm, leave the following towns at or after these times:

  • Mariposa (Hwy 140): 3:15 pm (or El Portal at 3:55 pm)
  • Oakhurst (Hwy 41): 3:30 pm (or Fish Camp at 3:55 pm)
  • Groveland (Hwy 120 from the west): 3:25 pm (or Buck Meadows at 3:40 pm)
  • Lee Vining (Hwy 120 from the east): 3:40 pm (starting on Friday)

The $35/car entrance fee applies and is valid for three consecutive days for visiting Hetch Hetchy during open hours and driving into the park only during non-peak hours. Paying the entrance fee does not allow entry during peak hours without a reservation.

Camping or sleeping in a vehicle is only allowed in a campsite you have reserved via Recreation.gov.

If I arrive without a reservation and pay the entrance fee to enter the park during non-peak hours, can I arrive during peak hours on the same or following days?

No. The $35-per-car entrance fee is valid for three consecutive days for visiting Hetch Hetchy and driving into the park only during non-peak hours. Paying the entrance fee does not allow entry during peak hours (6 am to 4 pm) if you don’t have a valid reservation.

I want to drive through the park without stopping. Do I need a peak-hours reservation? How can you limit access to a state highway?

Yes, you still need a peak-hours reservation to drive into the park between 6 am and 4 pm, even if you’re just passing through. If you enter the park before 6 am or after 4 pm, you can continue driving through the park (or stay and recreate) during peak hours on the day you enter the park.

Tioga Road, which connects with Highway 120 at the park boundaries near Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass, is not and has never been a state highway. Originally a private mining road, private citizens purchased the road and donated it to the National Park Service, which has improved and maintained the road ever since. The National Park Service is solely responsible for providing road maintenance, as well as law enforcement and emergency services, along all roads within Yosemite National Park.

I have an annual or lifetime pass that gives me free entrance. Do I need a reservation to drive in during peak hours?

Yes. These passes cover the park entrance fee. A $2 non-refundable reservation fee still applies to peak-hours reservations.

Do I need a reservation to drive into the park if I have a reservation for a campground or lodging accommodation located outside of Yosemite National Park?

Yes. You must have a peak-hours reservation to drive a vehicle into the park unless you arrive before 6 am or after 4 pm.

Making and Using a Reservation

How and when do I get a peak-hours reservation to visit Yosemite?

Peak-hours reservations are only available via Recreation.gov. Reservations go extremely quickly; be sure to have a Recreation.gov account, be logged in, and ready to get a reservation promptly at 8 am Pacific daylight time on the appropriate day. Reservations are available during two periods:

  • On March 23 for all arrival dates (May 20–September 30); these remain available until all are taken
  • Seven days in advance (e.g., make a reservation for an arrival date of September 30 on September 23).

Peak-hours reservations are valid for three consecutive days (including arrival date).

Each user can make one reservation for each three-day period. For example, if a user makes a reservation for a Friday arrival (valid Friday through Sunday), the user won’t be able to make a second reservation for an arrival that Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The reservation holder must be in the arriving vehicle and show photo ID at the entrance station.

If you don't have computer access, you can call 877/444-6777 to make a reservation.

On Recreation.gov what does it mean that reservations are not yet released?

If you try to find availability on recreation.gov and it says reservations are “not yet released,” it means no more reservations are available until seven days in advance, promptly at 8 am PDT.

How much does a peak-hours reservation cost?

A peak-hours reservation costs $2 and is non-refundable. This is in addition the park entrance fee.You need one reservation per vehicle. Each reservation is valid for everyone inside the vehicle.

How long is my peak-hours reservation valid?

Your peak-hours reservation is valid for three consecutive days starting on the first day of the reservation. For example, if you get a reservation for a Friday, it’s valid for Friday through Sunday.

Your reservation for in-park lodging or camping, a Half Dome permit, or a wilderness permit allows you to enter the park 24 hours per day for the duration of your reservation or for three days (whichever is longer).

If you have a reservation for lodging or camping outside the park for more than three days, you will need more than one peak-hours reservation. You can use the entrance fees associated with your two reservations to upgrade to a Yosemite annual pass (covers entrance fees at Yosemite for 12 months) for no additional charge. Alternatively, you can upgrade to an interagency annual pass valid for entrance fees at all national parks for $10 more.

Why is the entrance fee valid for three days instead of seven days?

In response to public and gateway community feedback, we temporarily shortened the period the entrance fee is valid during the reservation period in 2021 in order to increase the number of reservations available, and ultimately providing more opportunities for more members of the public to visit. This change was successful, so we are temporarily applying this timeframe again during the 2022 peak-hours reservation season.

On average, almost 90% of visitors not staying overnight inside the park visit for three or fewer consecutive days. The three-day reservation also allows peak-hours reservation holders to first enter the park on any day during their reservation (with the seven-day reservation in 2020, reservation holders were required to arrive on the first day).

If you will be visiting longer than three days, you can use the entrance fees associated with your two reservations to upgrade to a Yosemite annual pass (covers entrance fees at Yosemite for 12 months) for no additional charge. Alternatively, you can upgrade to an interagency annual pass valid for entrance fees at all national parks for $10 more. Annual pass holders will still need to obtain a peak-hours reservation to drive into the park during peak hours from May 20 through September 30, 2022.

I have a reservation inside the park that is longer than three days. Do I need to pay the entrance fee twice?

No. If you have a reservation for one of the following, your entrance fee is valid for the duration of your reservation or three days (whichever is longer):

Does the reservation system eliminate delays at entrance stations?

No. Even with reservations, expect delays at entrance stations. If you have a reservation, try to arrive before 8 am or in the early afternoon to avoid the longest delays.

If you don’t have a reservation, you must arrive after 4 pm or before 6 am. If you don’t have a reservation, please wait until after 4 pm to drive to the entrance station.

Do I have to arrive on the first day of my peak-hours reservation?

No. One of the benefits of the three-day reservation is that you don’t have to arrive on the first day of your reservation. However, your peak-hours reservation is still valid for the three consecutive days starting with the arrival date on the reservation (i.e., if you arrive on the third day of your reservation, you can only use it for that day). Peak-hours reservations are valid 24 hours per day. There are no nighttime restrictions on visiting Yosemite. However, a campground reservation is required to camp or sleep in a vehicle anywhere in the park.

What if my group is arriving in more than one vehicle during peak hours?

A peak-hours reservation is required for each vehicle (or motorcycle) that enters the park during peak hours. The person whose name is on the reservation must be in the vehicle with a valid photo ID.

Groups with lodging or camping reservations, wilderness permits, and Half Dome permits may arrive in more than one vehicle. An occupant in each vehicle must provide a copy or photo of the photo ID belonging to the person who made the reservation (as well as a copy of the reservation) to be permitted to enter.

Can I give or sell my reservation to someone else?

No. Reservations and entrance fees are non-transferable. Peak-hours reservations are only valid for the person who made the reservation and a vehicle that person is in.

Visiting Without a Reservation

A reservation is required to drive into or through the park during peak hours (6 am to 4 pm). A reservation is not required to drive into or through the park before 6 am or after 4 pm. If you enter through an entrance station before or after peak hours, you can remain in the park during peak hours. However, don’t arrive at Yosemite without a reservation if you plan to stay the night inside the park. Camping or sleeping in a vehicle is only allowed in a campsite you have reserved via Recreation.gov.

If you are planning to arrive after 4 pm, please do not arrive at a park entrance station until after 4 pm. Do not try to arrive early. Vehicles blocking roads will be cited.

Are same-day reservations available? Can I wait at the entrance station and enter the park if people with reservations don’t show up?

Reservations are not available at entrance stations. You can check Recreation.gov before you arrive to the park to see if any reservations have become available due to cancellation.

How can I bide my time until 4 pm?

Spend time in the beautiful national forests and enticing gateway communities just outside of Yosemite!

Highway 41 Corridor

Highway 140 Corridor

Highway 120 (west of Yosemite) Corridor

Highway 120 (east of Yosemite) Corridor

If you are planning to arrive after 4 pm, please do not arrive at a park entrance station until after 4 pm. Do not try to arrive early. Vehicles blocking roads will be cited.

To arrive at the nearest Yosemite entrance at 4 pm, leave the following towns at or after these times:

  • Mariposa (Hwy 140): 3:15 pm (or El Portal at 3:55 pm)
  • Oakhurst (Hwy 41): 3:30 pm (or Fish Camp at 3:55 pm)
  • Groveland (Hwy 120 from the west): 3:25 pm (or Buck Meadows at 3:40 pm)
  • Lee Vining (Hwy 120 from the east): 3:40 pm (starting on Friday)

Can I enter the park overnight?

Yes. Yosemite National Park is open 24 hours per day. A reservation is only required to drive into the park between 6 am and 4 pm.

A campground reservation is required to camp or sleep in a vehicle anywhere in the park.

Reservation Management

Why is the National Park Service limiting vehicle access to Yosemite?

Yosemite is benefitng from multiple major Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) and other infrastructure projects in 2022 to repair roads, trails, campgrounds, visitor facilities, and utility systems. This work involves the closure of multiple park attractions and impact traffic circulation and parking availability.

The system builds on lessons learned during the reservation systems in place during 2020 and 2021 and incorporates feedback from the public, gateway communities, and from other national parks’ reservation systems.

Our goal is to manage traffic congestion to ensure a quality visitor experience this summer. A rigorous data collection system is in place to assess the system as a possible long-term management tool to alleviate the chronic and worsening congestion that has affected Yosemite for more than 50 years. The peak-hours reservation system only limits the number of vehicles; it does not limit the number of people.

Why is the park changing from day-use reservations to peak-hours reservations?

In response to public feedback, we are piloting a peak-hour reservation system, similar to what some other national parks have tried. This system may provide more flexibility and alternatives for those unable to get a reservation while allowing us to manage parking and traffic issues during the busiest time of day.

How much is the park limiting vehicle access to Yosemite under the peak-hours reservation system?

The number of peak-hours reservations is determined by the number of parking spaces in Yosemite Valley coupled with roadway capacity in the Valley and correlated with entrance station data from previous years to estimate number of vehicles going to other areas of the park.

This year, 2,600 reservations for weekday arrivals and 1,900 reservations for weekend arrivals are available to enter the park each day during peak hours (6am to 4 pm). There are no limits on vehicles entering the park after 4 pm or before 6 am.

If the reservation system is based on Yosemite Valley capacity, why is the entire park included?

All areas of Yosemite have been operating at or near capacity for several years. Allowing the same number of vehicles into the park and redirecting them other areas would cause the same parking and traffic issues seen in Yosemite Valley. In addition, several projects in multiple areas of the park outside of Yosemite Valley are underway this summer.

How long will the peak-hours reservation system be in place?

This system is a pilot that will be in place from May 20 through September 30, 2022.

Is the peak-hours reservation system be permanent?

This is a pilot system designed to ensure park visitors can experience Yosemite free of gridlock traffic this coming summer.

What is the long-term strategy for reducing congestion and crowding?

Traffic congestion has been a major issue for about five decades, seriously impacting visitors’ experience in Yosemite and the source of frequent complaints. One of the five goals of the park's 1980 General Management Plan is to "markedly reduce traffic congestion." The Merced River and Tuolumne River Plans (both finalized in 2014) address congestion and crowding in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows, respectively. This summer’s peak hours system provides both data and a test case as one pathway to a permanent solution for this persistent issue. Long-term implementation of strategies to reduce congestion and crowding will include public and stakeholder input.

How can I provide comments about this system?

You may always contact us. The superintendent’s office receives all comments about the reservation system.

Operating Status

What is the park’s operating status in 2022?

With some exceptions, the park is operating normally.The following facilities are closed:

We are planning on having most facilities open in 2022. Visit Yosemite Hospitality’s website for available concession services.

Campgrounds

Which campgrounds are open in 2022?

Reservations are required for all open campgrounds in 2022. There are no first-come, first-served campgrounds open.

We are planning to open all campgrounds except:

Wawona, Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines, Camp 4, Hodgdon Meadow, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds should be open with reservations required. (Reservations for Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, and Yosemite Creek will be available in spring at a date to be determined.)

Are any first-come, first-served campgrounds open?

No. Do not come to Yosemite without an overnight reservation if you are intending to stay overnight. Same-day campground reservations are not available in the park.

Can I sleep in my vehicle in Yosemite?

Camping or sleeping in a vehicle is only allowed in a campsite you have reserved via Recreation.gov. Sleeping in a vehicle in a parking lot or along the side of a road is prohibited.

Hiking, Backpacking, and Rock Climbing

Is backpacking allowed?

Yes, with a wilderness permit. All wilderness regulations and quotas are still in effect.

For the 2022 season, the remaining 40% of wilderness permits normally available in-person one day in advance are instead being released on a first-come, first-served basis on Recreation.gov seven days in advance at 7 am PDT. Popular trailheads fill very quickly; be logged on and ready to reserve promptly at 7 am PDT seven days in advance of your desired start date. The latest you can make a reservation is three days before a trip (although, few reservations will be available at that point). For example, to start a trip on a Saturday, the earliest you could make a reservation would be the prior Saturday, and you would be able to make a reservation until Wednesday at 11:59 pm. The first on-sale date was April 22, 2022 (for an April 29 start date) and the last will be October 16, 2022 (for an October 23 start date).

The trip leader or alternate must pick up the wilderness permit in person at a wilderness center one day in advance (8 am to 5 pm) or on the same day (8 am to 10 am, unless held on Recreation.gov for a late arrival up to 5 pm). A reservation confirmation letter is not a valid permit.

Any unreserved permits are available in person at wilderness centers only on the start date of the trip. Few, if any, unused permits will be available on any given day. You must arrive at a wilderness center during business hours to get a permit. All wilderness centers operate from 8 am to 5 pm. After-hours permits are not be available. In order to get a same-day permit, you must be in the park either by reservation or by entering during non-peak hours.

In-person permits are only available for same-day starts due to reduced capacity in backpackers campgrounds (as a result of the Tuolumne Meadows Campground closure).

A wilderness permit 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 where you pick up your wilderness permit or you can bring your own allowed container. Rented bear canisters are sanitized between uses.

Tuolumne Meadows backpackers campground is closed in 2022. Through hikers with wilderness permits must camp at least four trail miles from Tuolumne Meadows.

How can I do an overnight big wall climb?

A wilderness climbing permit for overnight big wall climbing is required.

Public Transportation

Is public transportation available?

Most public transportation is planned to operate in 2022, including:

  • Yosemite Valley shuttle
  • Mariposa Grove shuttle (resumes May 27)
  • Tuolumne Meadows Tour and Hikers Bus (reservations recommended)
  • YARTS regional transit (reservations recommended)

Glacier Point Road

The entire Glacier Point Road is closed for the entire 2022 season. The project is addressing multiple severe safety issues on the ten miles of road located between the intersection to the Badger Pass Ski Area and the Glacier Point parking area. Some of the road safety issues addressed in this project include:

  • Pulverizing and repaving ten miles of road between Badger Pass and Glacier Point
  • Repairing the narrow hairpin turns between Washburn Point and Glacier Point to address vehicle safety issues
  • Constructing additional parking and new vault toilets near the Sentinel Dome Trailhead

The entire road is closed to all public access. The only way to get to Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, or Taft Point is via a long, strenuous hike. Hiking trails, including the Four Mile, Panorama, and Pohono Trails are open. However, crossing the road is prohibited (except along the Pohono Trail just above Glacier Point) for safety reasons.

No services are available at Glacier Point. Be sure to bring plenty of water (two quarts/liters for Four Mile Trail round-trip and four quarts/liters for longer day hikes).

There is no public transportation to or from Glacier Point in 2022. You must be prepared for a round-trip hike.

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: May 25, 2022

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