Yosemite National Park recently announced a new reservation system would help limit crowds this summer. Prospective visitors will now need a permit to enter the park during peak hours between May 20 and September 30. That reservation system went live this week.
As one of the most popular national parks in the country (more than 3.3 million visitors in 2021), Yosemite officials are continuing their pursuit to allow a better experience for visitors in the park. The park’s main complaint revolves around the crowds, particularly at popular destinations like Half Dome, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. The new reservation system will allow officials to control who enters the park during peak hours.
“A visit to Yosemite should be about enjoying the beautiful granite-lined landscape, not sitting in gridlock,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Cicely Muldoon. “Yosemite visitors deserve a high-quality experience in this magnificent place. Our goal with the peak hours system is to ease overcrowding during the busiest times this summer while still offering access for all.”
Visitors who enter the park before 6 a.m. or after 4 p.m. will be required to pay the park entrance fee and that pass is valid for three days outside of peak hours.
Peak hours reservations are included for all visitors staying overnight in the park. This includes reservations for The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village, Wawona Hotel, Housekeeping Camp, and NPS-managed campgrounds. Peak hours reservations are also included for all visitors with wilderness and Half Dome permits and visitors entering the park via YARTS buses and on permitted commercial tours.
“Yosemite’s visitation affects our gateway communities in so many ways,” said Muldoon. “We are grateful for the helping hand our community partners have extended to make this system work better for all.”??
For more detailed information or to make your Yosemite reservation, go here.