By the Numbers

30%

increase in visitors between 2000 and 2019

1m

more visitors per year in 2019 than in 2000

Three hours

how long some visitors were stuck in traffic inside the park during Easter 2021

A reservation will be required to drive into Yosemite National Park between 6am and 4pm from May 20 to September 30, 2022.

At more than 750,000 acres, Yosemite is the third-largest national park in California, yet many visitors travel to Yosemite Valley, a small but view-packed area. For years, the Valley has been plagued by traffic, full parking lots, and long lines for restaurants, bathrooms, and visitor centers, while trails and overlooks are crowded with people struggling to get the same photograph.

My own trips back to Yosemite using the reservation system reminded me of the park decades earlier. With reduced traffic, getting into the park was simple. The trails were not congested, so you could more easily see and appreciate the park’s natural beauty. It was a better experience — and one that we could make normal again.

Former superintendent Mark Butler

Park

Yosemite National Park

With its sculpted granite rock formations, towering ancient sequoia trees and spectacular waterfalls, it’s no wonder Yosemite is one of the most celebrated national parks in the world.

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Know Before You Go

  • Reservations are available at recreation.gov (sign in required)

  • Each reservation is valid for a three-day visit to the park

  • Reservations for the year opened on March 23.

  • If your chosen date is sold out, be aware that 30% of reservations for any particular day will be held back and only made available seven days before that date. This is to help facilitate more spontaneous last-minute trips.

  • These reservations are made available each day at 8am (PT) for the following week. However, be warned that demand is high and these reservations are taken almost immediately.

  • Note: the park does not require reservations for entrance after 4pm

  • The reservation costs $2

  • There is a separate $35-per-car park entrance fee

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