Yosemite National Park is no longer requiring daily visitors to have reservations.
“They were in place for February, and were lifted as of Monday, March 1,” Yosemite National Park spokesman Scott Gediman tells GV Wire℠ by email. “We do not know if they will be in place for the summer.”
Yosemite initially required day-use reservations when it opened for the first time during the pandemic in June of last year, but had lifted the requirement in November.
“We do not know if they (reservations) will be in place for the summer.”–Yosemite National Park spokesman Scott Gediman
While reservations are no longer required, the park still has safety precautions in place including distancing and wearing a mask.
Due to public health and safety concerns, some locations and facilities are closed in addition to normal winter road closures.
- Mariposa Grove (due to storm damage)
- Bridalveil Fall area (this area is closed due to scheduled project work)
Yosemite Valley Is Open
Yosemite Valley is open. However, some lodging facilities and services are reduced. A visitor information desk and limited Yosemite Conservancy bookstore sales are available outside the Valley Visitor Center.
The theater (including park films) and Yosemite Museum are closed, however, the Indian Cultural Village is open. Yosemite Valley Lodge and The Ahwahnee are open.
There is no shuttle service in Yosemite Valley.
Public restrooms are available throughout the park. Restrooms are being cleaned multiple times per day, which results in restrooms being closed at times.
Visitor centers, the Yosemite Museum, Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center are closed. Rangers and volunteers are staffing an outdoor visitor information kiosk behind Valley Visitor Center.
Currently, only a portion of Upper Pines Campground is open. Reservations are required. The park does not know when additional campgrounds will open.
If you intend to stay overnight, you must have a reservation. Same-day reservations may be available on recreation.gov due to any last-minute cancelations.
Camp 4 is closed due to the shared nature of the campsites, which doesn’t allow for adequate social distancing.
All other campgrounds are closed due to lack of staffing or are normally closed in winter.
Hiking and Backpacking
All trails are open except for normal winter closures on portions of the Mist, John Muir, and Four Mile Trails.
All trails may be very icy and/or snowy. Please check at the information desk behind the Valley Visitor Center for condition updates.