Yosemite National Park’s Reservation System is now live for booking entries to the park during its peak visitor season.
Launched on the morning of March 23, 2022, park visitors will be required to register via the system for a timed entry into Yosemite from May 20 through September 30, 2022.
Reservations to enter this California national park will be taken between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time daily. These reserved permits can be purchased at various fees and times.
They can be made only through the website, www.recreation.gov.
“With the increased interest in outdoor recreation in the last few years, National Parks have seen a huge uptick in visitation,” said Yosemite’s Public Affairs Officer Scott Gediman. “The reservation system is intended to enhance the visitor experience, from parking availability, decreased wait times, and most importantly, to preserve our environments and natural habitats.”
As the global pandemic in 2020 brought people to head more into public lands managed by the National Parks Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, an advanced pre-reservation system was introduced to better manage crowds and be mindful of their delicate ecosystems.
First to register for a permit, a potential visitor is required to create a free account on Recreation.com. In signing up, you’re asked to provide your first and last name and then your phone number and email.
According to Yosemite’s website, advance reservations will be required for driving into the park. You don’t need a reservation if you’re coming into Yosemite on foot or a bicycle.
Reservations will be available starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Currently, some of the park’s key visitor attractions are undergoing renovations; the reservation system is also said to be accommodating these changes. Learn more about them here.
Via Recreation.gov, each user can book only one reservation per vehicle and its occupants. A three-day pass for Yosemite for one vehicle is good for three consecutive days beginning with the day of arrival that you’ve reserved. Visitors arriving on foot or bicycle do not require a day use reservation.
There is no cost for a pass but there is a nonrefundable $2 fee per ticket; it can be returned to you upon cancellation within 24 hours before your reservation.
Before entering Yosemite on the day of your reservation, you must have a printed or digital copy of it for presenting upon your arrival. It has to be scanned before entering the park.
The person who made the reservation also has to show a photo ID.
While reservations to Yosemite are expected to go quickly, visitors will have other opportunities to enter the park.
“Beginning May 13, an additional round of reservations will be available everyday seven days in advance of arrival, and can be made online,” said Gediman.
“Without reservations, visitors can still enter the park during non-peak hours,” Gediman continued. “Our goal is to safely provide a positive visit to everybody that comes to Yosemite National Park.”