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Do I Need a Reservation to Visit Yosemite?

Reservations are required to visit Yosemite National Park during weekends February 2023, but not in the summer.

The Yosemite National Park entry reservation system has changed for 2023. You will no longer need a Day Use Pass in summer but you will need a Ticketed Entry reservation if visiting the park on weekends in February.

February Weekend Reservations During Firefall

If you’re planning to visit Yosemite in February 2023, you make need a reservation. Because of the spectacular “firefall” phenomenon that occurs when the sunset hits Horsetail Fall each February, visitors flock to the park. If you’re planning to visit during the three weekends in February when this occurs, you’ll need a reservation, regardless of whether or not you plan to visit the waterfall.

Firefall Reservations 2023

February 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26, 2023, visitors must make a day-use reservation to visit Yosemite National Park. Half of available reservations will become available on recreation.gov at 8 a.m. PT on January 13, 2023. These reservations are expected to fill up immediately, so for your best chance of snagging one, make an account in advance and log on as soon as reservations open.

The remaining 50% of reservations will be available two days prior to your desired visit date at 8 a.m.Yosemite National Park will not have a reservation system in 2023. PT.

Reservations are not timed and allow unlimited entry for seven consecutive days. There is a non-refundable $2 reservation fee, in addition to your park entrance fee.