Yosemite’s reservation portal goes live Wednesday

Yosemite National Park will require reservations during peak hours starting May 20. Photo via National Park Service

published on March 22, 2022 – 13:11
Written by the staff of The Business Journal

Yosemite National Park’s peak-hour reservation portal will go live at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Visitors can go to Recreation.gov to make a reservation for peak hours – 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations will be required from May 20 to September 30. Each reservation is valid for three days and is required for all visitors, including annual and lifetime visits. pass holders.

Reservations will be required seven days a week. Visitors entering the park outside of peak hours are not required to have a reservation, but will be required to pay the park entrance fee. This pass is valid for three days outside peak hours.

Reservations are valid for a vehicle and its occupants for a period of three days. Rush hour reservations are included for all visitors staying overnight in the park. This includes reservations for the Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village, Wagon Hotel, Housekeeping Camp, and National Park Service operated campgrounds. Reservations are also included for all visitors with wilderness and Half Dome permits and visitors entering the park via YARTS buses and on licensed commercial tours.

Reservations aim to preserve the environment and natural habitat of the park while ensuring a positive visitor experience. While national parks have seen a 20% increase in visitation over the past 10 years, 2021 has seen a 25% increase in visitation alone, according to the National Park Service.

Reservations aim to reduce waiting times at entrances, free up parking and allow traffic flow.

“A visit to Yosemite should be about enjoying the beautiful granite-lined landscape, not sitting in traffic jams,” said Cicely Muldoon, Superintendent of Yosemite National Park. “Visitors to Yosemite deserve a high quality experience in this beautiful place. Our goal with the peak hour system is to reduce overcrowding during the busiest times this summer while still providing access for all.

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