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Do I Need a Reservation to Visit Yosemite?

In 2022 from late-May through September, visitors who want to enter the park during peak hours must buy a day-use pass in advance.

During summertime, Yosemite National Park has a reservation system for visitors wanting to enter the park during peak hours.

Yosemite Reservations

The park used a reservation system in 2020 and 2021 to manage crowds and keep visitors safe during the pandemic. And 2022’s reservation system aims to do the same. From May 20 through Sept.  30, 2022, visitor entering the park during peak hours will need an advanced day-use reservation that can be made on recreation.gov. Each day-use permit is good for three consecutive days and unlimited entries between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. There is only one reservation needed per vehicle, so if you are a family of five, you only need one day-use reservation.

However, an occupant in the car must be the reservation holder and have photo ID with them. The reservation costs $2 and is in addition to your park entrance fee. Your reservation permit must be visible on your dashboard at all times while inside the park.

Each user can make one reservation per day. Seventy percent of permits go on sale at 8 a.m. PT on March 23, 2022 for the entire peak season. The remaining 30% of reservations will be available at 8 a.m. PT seven days before the reservation start date. For example, the remaining 30% of reservations for May 21 will go on sale on May 14. Reservations are expected to sell out very quickly so plan to purchase them right at 8 a.m.

For everyone who has reservations at a Yosemite campground, Yosemite hotel or private lodging or vacation rental reservation in Wawona, Yosemite West, or Foresta, you do not need a reservation. If you have a Half Dome permit or wilderness permit, you do not need a reservation. Just show your lodging or wilderness permit reservation when entering the park. It will allow you to get in and out of the park at any time during your stay in the park, or for three days, whichever is longer. You will still need to pay your park entrance fee if you have a lodging reservation or wilderness permit.

For those of you disappointed that you were unable to get a coveted reservation, don’t give up. Make a reservation to ride the bus into the park via the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) or sign up with an authorized tour group. You don’t need a park reservation for either of these instances. Or, enter the park before 6 a.m., or after 4 p.m. Reservations are not required before or after peak hours and you can remain in the park during peak hours if you come in before 6 a.m.

The Hetch Hetchy area is open with day-use reservations not required. However, access is limited when parking fills. Hetch Hetchy Road is only open from 8 am to 5 pm. Day visitors must exit the area prior to 5 pm.


More Information:
Yosemite National Park
https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/reservations.htm