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Yosemite Announces Pilot Reservation System

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–Yosemite National Park officials are announcing a pilot “Peak Hours Plus” 2024 vehicle reservation system.  It will be for park entry on select days between April 13 and October 27, 2024. It is for those driving into or through Yosemite National Park between 5 am and 4 pm.

Reservations will be required as follows:

  • April 13 through June 30: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and on holidays (May 27 and June 19).
  • July 1 through August 16: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm daily.
  • August 17 through October 27: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (September 2 and October 14).

Visitors will pick from two types of reservations:

Reservations valid for a full day (5 am to 4 pm), or reservations valid for park entry any time after 12 pm. Both reservation types (full day and afternoon entry) are valid for up to three consecutive days, including the arrival date.

No reservations needed for:

Visitors with in-park lodging or campground reservations, wilderness or Half Dome permits, or visitors entering the park via YARTS buses and on permitted commercial tours do not need a vehicle reservation.

Reservations will be released:

Beginning at 8 am (PST) on January 5, 2024, for all arrival dates (April 13 to October 27) at https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086745.

Afternoon entry reservations and additional full day reservations will be released one week in advance (e.g., reservations for a July 30 arrival date will be released on July 23). Learn more: go.nps.gov/reserve.

Reservations will be available until they sell out.

Traffic in Yosemite National Park on a busy summer day.

Driving through the park will require a reservation if entering between 5 am and 4 pm. If you are planning to visit after peak hours, please do not arrive before 4 pm; vehicles blocking roads will be cited.

This temporary reservation system will help manage congestion and provide a quality visitor experience. This system will be similar to the 2022 “Peak Hours” system, with the addition of more reservations for afternoon entries.


Yosemite officials are experimenting with a few different ideas for this summer as we work on the Visitor Access Management Plan (go.nps.gov/vamp).

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