Reservations Now Open for Yosemite’s Annual Firefall

Yosemite National Park, known for its breathtaking natural wonders, is gearing up for the annual “firefall” season, and visitors hoping to witness this mesmerizing spectacle can now secure a reservation to the park during the popular event.

The phenomenon, which occurs when the setting sun’s angle bathes Horsetail Fall in a fiery orange glow, is set to grace the park between February 10 and February 25. During this time, the waterfall appears as if it’s ablaze, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle.

Given the immense popularity of this event and to manage crowds responsibly, Yosemite National Park will require reservations for weekend visits during these dates. This move aims to minimize congestion and protect the surrounding environment.

Here’s how the reservation system will work: Visitors must secure reservations to access the park on the weekends of February 10-11, February 17-18, and February 24-25. This requirement applies to all visitors, including those not specifically visiting Horsetail Fall. Weekday visitors will not need reservations, except for Monday, February 19 (Presidents Day).

To facilitate the process, half of the available reservations for these dates became accessible at 8 a.m. on Friday, December 1. There is a $2 reservation fee, and visitors will also be responsible for the standard entrance fee of $35 per vehicle upon arrival at the park.

The remaining half of reservations will be released on a rolling schedule. These reservations will become available at 8 a.m. two days before the intended day-use reservation date.

To secure your reservation, visit pdne.ws/40XVVjZ. For more information and updates, be sure to visit Yosemite’s official website at nps.gov/yose.

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