In recent years, Yosemite has used a Day-Use reservation system for visitors during the Corona crisis. The park says it has learned from this and will start in 2022 with a Peak-hours reservation from 20 May 2022 to 30 September 2022.
If you want to drive into Yosemite from May 20 to September 30, 2022 between 6:00 AM and 4:00 PM, you must make a reservation. Yosemite National Park hopes this will avoid large crowds and enhance the visitor experience, while many major visitor attractions are closed for repairs to critical infrastructure, such as Glacier Point Road.
You also need a reservation between 6:00 AM and 4:00 PM if you want to drive over the Tioga Pass. So keep this in mind with your itinerary! The reservation is valid for three days. You do not need a reservation outside these times.
Seventy percent of reservations will be available through Recreation.gov starting March 23 (page not live yet). The remaining 30% of the available reservations will become available 7 days before the arrival date. So do you want to arrive in Yosemite on July 30? Then you can make a reservation on July 23.
As mentioned, the reservation will start on March 23, 2022 at 8:00 AM Pacific time. This is not a lottery, so your reservation will be made immediately if places are available. From March 23, 70% of the available reservations will become available. If you didn’t manage to make a reservation, , you have a second chance seven days in advance.
The reservation fee is $2. These fee is independent of the general admission fee of $35 or the America the Beautiful Pass.
Each user can make one reservation for each three-day period. Is your arrival day on Friday? Then the reservation will give you access trough Sunday. Peak-hours reservations are valid for three consecutive days (including arrival date).
No reservation needed
You do not need a Peak-hours reservation if you already have a reservation for one of the following:
- Yosemite National Park Campground
- Curry Village, Housekeeping Camp, Yosemite Valley Lodge, The Ahwahnee, White Wolf Lodge, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, or Wawona Hotel.
- Private lodging or vacation rental in Wawona, Yosemite West, or Foresta
- Yosemite wilderness permit
- Half Dome Permit
- If you enter the park by public transport (YARTS)
- If you enter the park with an “authorized tour group”
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