Is a trip to Yosemite National Park on your to-do list this summer? You’ll need to do some planning now. The National Park Service has re-instituted a temporary day-use reservations system for Yosemite National Park for visits from May 21-September 30, 2021.
This new process is something we’re all getting used to, so take a look at some common questions and answers below:
Who needs a reservation?
Everyone needs a reservation, including annual and lifetime pass holders. The only exceptions are for guests staying overnight in the park or for special-use permit holders.
How many reservations do I need?
Each reservation is valid for three days. You need one reservation per vehicle and the reservation is valid for everyone inside the vehicle.
How do I get a reservation?
Day-use reservations will be available on Recreation.gov. Release dates vary depending on your desired visit dates (see below). Passes are available starting at 8:00 am Pacific time on release day.
|First Day to Reserve||Visit Dates|
|April 21||May 21-June 30|
|April 28||July 1-31|
|May 5||August 1-31|
|May 12||September 1-30|
What if I don’t get a reservation for my visit dates?
Beginning on May 14, some additional reservations will be available every day at 8:00 am Pacific time for seven days in advance of the arrival date (e.g., make a reservation on September 23 for an arrival date of September 30).
Or you can book one of Tenaya Lodge’s Yosemite Tours! You will not need a day-use pass when you book a tour with us. All you will need to do is to sit back in our exclusive convertible bus and soak in the rich stories of Yosemite from our expert guides.
We hope to see you at Tenaya Lodge this summer!
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