YOSEMITE – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the entrance fee to Yosemite National Park is being waived, and transportation to the park is free that day, as well.
Monday, Jan. 15 is a fee-free day at Yosemite National Park, as are three other days this year, through the National Park Service. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
To get you there at no cost, Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) will provide free transit service to Yosemite National Park on all free National Park Service (NPS) gate days, starting with MLK, Jr. Day.
Reservations will not be accepted and boarding will be done on a first-come, first-served basis as available. Operating through a program which began last year, YARTS receives funding through the Federal Lands Access Program to operate free buses to Yosemite on all free NPS gate days.
YARTS schedules can be found online at www.yarts.com.
Free days at Yosemite National Park for 2018 include:
- January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 21: First day of National Park Week
- September 22: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
YARTS is scheduled to operate free buses on all National Park Service fee-free days through September, 2020. YARTS operates year-round from Highway 140, through Merced and Mariposa counties, and seasonally on Highway 120 from Sonora, Highway 395/120 from Mammoth Lakes, and Highway 41 from Fresno.
The only public transit to Yosemite National Park, YARTS began service in May 2000, and now provides an alternative to driving to over 120,000 riders per year.