Based on local, state, and federal public health guidelines, the number of vehicles entering Yosemite must be reduced from normal visitation levels for public safety. This helps reduce overcrowding at the park’s most popular destinations. The park is aiming to increase public access while providing visitors with a reasonable opportunity to comply with health guidelines. The day-use reservation system is a temporary system that has been created to address public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The day-use reservations only limits the number of vehicles; it does not limit the number of people.
Ways to Get a Reservation
Day-use reservations are only available via recreation.gov, with 80% being available about one month in advance and 20% being available two days in advance. Be sure to make the reservation for your actual planned date of arrival. Your permit is then valid for seven days.
Beginning at 7 am Pacific time on the first of each month, 80% of day-use reservations are available for arrival dates in the following month. For example, on July 1 at 7 am, day-use reservations for all arrival dates in August will be available.
Beginning at 7 am Pacific time two days ahead of the day-use reservation date, the remaining 20% of day-use reservations will be available. For example, on July 1 at 7 am, day-use reservations for July 3 arrival will be available.
Reservations are taken almost immediately. Be sure to have an account and be logged in and ready to get a reservation promptly at 7 am Pacific time.
The reservation fee is $2 and is included in the $35/car park entrance fee. If you have an annual or lifetime pass, be sure to specify you're a current pass holder to pay just the $2 fee.
Cancelled reservations become available immediately on recreation.gov.
Each user can make one reservation per day. Only one reservation is needed per vehicle (regardless of the number of people in the vehicle).
Make the reservation for the first day you intend to enter the park; the reservation is only valid if you arrive on the first day of the reservation. Day-use permits are valid for seven consecutive days for unlimited entries. Day-use permits are not valid for overnight use (the park is only open to day-use permitholders from 5 am to 11 pm).
In-Park Camping, Lodging, or Vacation Rentals
If you have a reservation for one of the following, you do not need an additional reservation. You still pay the $35/car entrance fee upon arrival (credit card only) unless you have an annual or lifetime pass.The overnight vehicle permit you receive will be valid for seven consecutive days for unlimited entries. Your overnight vehicle permit is valid for seven days starting on the date of your campground or lodging reservation.
Wilderness or Half Dome Permits
If you have a wilderness permit reservation (for backpacking) or Half Dome permit, you do not need an additional reservation or permit. You still pay the $35/car entrance fee upon arrival (credit card only) unless you have an annual or lifetime pass. Your overnight vehicle permit you receive will be valid for seven consecutive days for unlimited entries starting with the date on your wilderness or Half Dome permit.
If you have a wilderness permit, you may enter the park a day before the date on your wilderness permit to stay at a backpackers campground.
A Half Dome permit only provides day-use access to Yosemite (5 am to 11 pm). Overnight accommodations are not available unless you have reserved them separately. A Half Dome permit does not allow you to camp in Yosemite.
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Last updated: August 9, 2020