The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect park operations in 2021. Visitation to the park will be managed in accordance with recommendations from public health officials, and in line with the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy’s Color-Tiered System. The purpose of following the tiered system is to be responsive to changing conditions, protect public and employee health, and sustain park operations.
A reservation will be required to drive into Yosemite May 21 through September 30, 2021. You must display your permit on your dashboard at all times while inside the park.
Ways to Get a Reservation
Reservations are available on recreation.gov, with most reservations available in spring, and limited reservations available seven days before the arrival date (e.g., make a reservation for an arrival date of September 30 on September 23):
Reservations are available each day at 8 am Pacific time. Reservations are taken almost immediately. Be sure to have an account and be logged in and ready to get a reservation promptly at 8 am Pacific time.
The non-refundable 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 the discounted rate ($2).
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). An occupant of the arriving vehicle must be the reservation holder (with photo ID).
Day-use permits are valid for three 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 the duration of your reservation or three consecutive days (whichever is longer) for unlimited entries.
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. The overnight vehicle permit you receive will be valid for the duration of your permit or three consecutive days (whichever is longer) for unlimited entries.
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.
Regional Transit or Tour Groups
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Last updated: April 8, 2021