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Yosemite Makes Big Change to Park Visit Rules for Peak Season



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You won't need a reservation to enjoy this view next year. (Shutterstock)
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Yosemite National Park announced Tuesday that no reservations will be required to visit the park next summer.

The park had required reservations over the past three years in an effort to control the number of visitors due to the pandemic and ongoing infrastructure repairs.

Yosemite, one of the nation’s best-loved and most-visited national parks, has long struggled with trying to remain open to as many visitors as possible, which sometimes leads to bumper-to-bumper traffic on Yosemite Valley roadways and a less-than-ideal nature experience.

Managing access continues to be a concern, and the park is planning an announcement in December in connection with seeking the public’s input on designing “an approach that provides a great visitor experience while protecting Yosemite’s natural and cultural resources.”


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