Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your Park Pass for Yosemite

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Big Oak Flat Entrance in Yosemite.

Big Oak Flat Entrance in Yosemite. 

If you’re heading to the home of El Capitan and Half Dome, remember that there’s a fee for entering Yosemite.

A park pass costs $35/vehicle at the Yosemite National Park entrance stations and is valid for seven days. You also can purchase the Yosemite Pass for $70 for unlimited visits to the park for 12 months.

Money from the entrance fees goes toward park-specific projects, including road repairs, monitoring and mitigation of park resources, campground upgrades, and rehabilitation of park structures, among other things.

Get More Parks For Less - There are many ways to get more bang for your entrance fee buck. For one, consider hitting a few national parks this year.

$80 America the Beautiful National Park Pass

The America the Beautiful National Park pass is honored at all federally-managed land units (national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc.) It’s good for a year from the month of purchase.

$80 Senior Lifetime Pass

The best deal… national park lifetime passes for those 62 and older are only $80. If you have a young family, you might want to take the grandparents along on vacation. The whole car can get into the park with the senior pass and the memories created will be priceless.

Get in For Free

Active military receive free annual parks passes for themselves and their dependents when they show a military ID. Travelers under 16 years of age, as well as those visiting parks for educational or scientific purposes, also receive an entrance waiver. And if you have a permanent disability and show documentation, you get in for free and get a discount on camping. Is there a fourth grader in your family? Visit everykidoutdoors.gov for your free pass.

Don’t fit those categories? Hit your favorite park on a free admission day. There are usually 6 free days every year. Check our event calendar for dates. 

Where to Get a National Park Pass

Most park visitors purchase their park pass at an entrance gate as they arrive. Additionally, you may buy a park pass at the visitor centers in Oakhurst, Mariposa, Groveland, and Lee Vining from late May through early October.

You can also buy a park pass in advance. 

Buy a Yosemite-only park pass online at yourpassnow.com/r1s/site/74296. Please be prepared to show your hard copy pass or digital pass on your mobile device at all times in the park. Cell phone service will be limited inside the park.

Get your America the Beautiful Annual Pass at the USGS online store at store.usgs.gov/pass (shipping and handling fees apply) or at REI's online store at www.rei.com (free shipping and National Park Foundation donation). You can also pick up an America the Beautiful Annual Pass at participating REI stores.