Fees & Passes


Entrance Fees

All park entrances (except Hetch Hetchy) are open 24 hours per day. If the entrance station is unstaffed when you arrive, you can pay on the way out. Currently, we only accept credit cards.

Seven-day pass if entering via:

from May 21 through September 30, this will be a three-day pass (but will be valid for the duration of an overnight reservation inside the park for the duration of that reservation, even if it's more than three days)

Non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats

$35 per vehicle (no per-person fee) (credit card only).


$30 per motorcycle (no per-person fee) (credit card only).

Foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats

$20 per person aged 16 or older.(credit card only).
(Fee waivers may be available for curriculum-based educational trips.)

Commercial Tour Fees

  • Commercial sedan (up to six seats): $25 (plus $15 per person)
  • Commercial van (7-15 seats, regardless of occupancy): $125
  • Commercial mini bus (16-25 seats, regardless of occupancy): $200
  • Commercial motor coach (26 or more seats, regardless of occupancy): $300

Additionally, a commercial use authorization is required for all commercial passenger transportation operators.

Other Passes

These passes admit the pass owner and any accompanying passengers in a private car.

Yosemite Pass: $70

Annual pass providing free entrance to Yosemite for 12 months from the date of purchase.

America the Beautiful—National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass: $80

Annual pass covering entrance and standard amenity fees for national parks and other federal fee areas, valid for 12 months from date of purchase. This replaces the National Parks Pass and Golden Eagle Pass.

Access Pass: Free

Lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. (You can also get this pass by mail for $10.)

Senior Pass: $80 (valid for life) or $20 (valid for 12 months from date of purchase)

Lifetime or annual admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or older.(You can also get this pass by mail for an additional $10.)

Every Kid Outdoors Annual Pass: Free

Annual pass covering entrance fees for 4th grade students for the school year.

Military Pass: Free

  • Current US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space Force, as well as Reserve and National Guard members
  • US military veterans
  • Gold Star Family members

Please check requirements before arriving, such as showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173) or exchanging a Gold Star Voucher.

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Payment Methods and Locations

We currently accept credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) only.

You may pay entrance fees at any park entrance (pay on the way out if the entrance station is unstaffed when you arrive). 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), or you can pay online.

Find out how to upgrade a pass or fix a duplicate charge.

Free Entrance Days

In 2021, entrance fees (but not reservation requirements) will be waived on:

  • Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Saturday, April 17 (First day of National Park Week)
  • August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)
  • August 4 (one year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act)
  • Saturday, September 25 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)

If your visit during a free day extends beyond the free day(s) and you re-enter the park after the free day, you will be required to pay the regular entrance fee.

Last updated: August 31, 2021

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