Reservations are required on some days from April 13 through October 27, 2024. 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 and 2024 to help manage crowding and associated impacts during the Horsetail Fall event.
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.
Lodging and Camping
Other than the entrance fee, you don't need a reservation or permit to visit Yosemite. However, you should get a lodging or campground reservation if you plan to spend the night.
Half Dome Permits
Business Permits and Commercial Use AuthorizationsLearn more about commercial use authorizations for commercial passenger vehicles, tours, etc.
Special Use PermitsSpecial Events Permits, First Amendment Permits, and Right-of-Way Permits
Permission to Scatter Cremated Remains
Educational Fee Waivers
Research and Collection Permits
Last updated: February 27, 2024