Yosemite National Park Moves to Reservation System for 2021

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Beginning on May 21, 2021 Yosemite National Park will require day-use visitors to hold a reservation to enter the park. Visitors who have camping or lodging reservations will not be required to have day-use reservations.

Day-use reservations are required even if you have a national park pass. They can be purchased at www.recreation.gov beginning on April 21, 2021 at 8 a.m. PDT. The first day you can make your reservation, depends on your arrival date. Reservations are not available at the park – they must be purchased in advance.

Arrival Date                       First Day to Reserve

May 21 –June 30               April 21

July 1 – 31                         April 28

August 1-31                       May 5

September 1 – 30              May 12

Additional reservations will be released seven days in advance of the arrival date at 8 a.m. PDT. Tickets are priced at $2, and they are good for the entire car. Each car must have a day-use or lodging reservation. Tickets are good for three days; and unlike the 2020 reservations, they will not be cancelled if they are not validated on the first day of the reservation.

Reservations are not required to drive through the park. Visitors who opt to do this will be given a time-stamped driving permit, and will be told to take the most direct route and not make any stops. Visitors who violate this rule will be fined $5000.

Available reservations may fluctuate during the summer, depending on public health conditions using California’s color-coded tiers.

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