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Blog Yosemite National Park 'Peak Hours Plus' 2024 Vehicle Reservation Pilot System
Steve | 04/01/2024Guest Stories, Plan Your Trip, Tours, Transportation |   

“Peak-Hours Plus” 2024 Vehicle Reservation Pilot System

The "Peak-Hours Plus" Reservation system is designed to enhance your experience during the busiest times. Here's how it works:

  • April 13 through June 30: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (May 27 and June 19).
  • July 1 through August 16: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm daily.
  • August 17 through October 27: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (September 2 and October 14).

Great news for early-evening adventurers! No reservations are required outside these times. Planning a serene sunset stroll or a peaceful evening in nature? Feel free to arrive after 4 pm without a reservation. The same is true for early birds. Those without reservations can arrive at the park entrance before 5 am to catch the sunrise and a full day of exploration. 

Three TIPS to help get your reservation during Peak Hours:

TIP #1: Make sure you have an account with www.recreation.gov and are logged in before you make your reservation.
TIP #2: If you don't get a reservation the first time, check back periodically. When a visitor cancels their reservations, they go back into inventory.
TIP #3:  Yosemite releases a lot more reservations 7 days out at 8:00 am (Pacific Standard Time) including full day and half day reservations.

For those who might find these systems a bit daunting or don't have a reservation, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Yosemite and the surrounding southern gateway.  Check out our article about "What to do while waiting to get into Yosemite" and see information below for other ways to see Yosemite without a reservation.

Yosemite will require a reservation for visitors driving into or through Yosemite National Park on these dates between 5 am and 4 pm.

Just a friendly reminder: To avoid congestion and ensure a smooth experience for everyone, please avoid blocking roads if you arrive before 4 pm. Vehicles blocking roads will be cited.

Reservations from April 13 through October 27, 2024, are available on Recreation.gov. As some dates fill up, don't worry – additional reservations are released seven days before your planned arrival. For instance, you can book for October 27 on October 20. Choose from full-day reservations or opt for afternoon-only arrivals. Tailor your visit to fit your schedule.

Reservations open daily at 8 am Pacific time and will be booked quickly; be logged in to an existing account at Recreation.gov for prompt booking.

There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $2 (separate from the $35-per-car park entrance fee). Reservations are valid for three days. Limited to one reservation per user for each three-day period. Reservation holders must be in the vehicle with a photo ID.

There are two reservation types: Full Day (covers entry between 5 am - 4 pm, and Half Day (covers entry between noon - 4 pm).

Peak-hours reservations are valid for three consecutive days (including arrival date).

No computer? Call (877) 444-6777 to make a reservation.

Find All Your Answers with Yosemite's Peak-Hours-Plus Reservations FAQ! Click the link or the graphic below for instant access. Once there, scroll down to discover a comprehensive FAQ section to make your visit planning smooth and straightforward. 

Enjoy entry without reservation when you use the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) bus or join an authorized public or private tour for sightseeing, hiking, backpacking, fishing, photography, and more. This is a perfect way to experience Yosemite's wonders without the hassle of planning every detail.

Of course, your stay at Yosemite's premier lodgings or with a wilderness or Half Dome permit also waives the need for an extra reservation. A $35-per-car entrance fee applies (credit card only) unless you have an annual or lifetime pass. Your reservation grants 24/7 park access for your stay or three consecutive days, whichever is longer.

Options include:

  • Yosemite National Park Campgrounds
  • Curry Village, Housekeeping Camp, Yosemite Valley Lodge, The Ahwahnee, Wawona Hotel, White Wolf Lodge, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge
  • Private lodging or vacation rentals in Wawona, Yosemite West, Foresta
  • Yosemite wilderness or Half Dome permits

While you're here, consider visiting a lesser-known area of Yosemite; Hetch Hetchy is open from sunrise to sunset without needing a reservation. 

You can find awe-inspiring moments and less stress with effortless tour options, in-park accommodations, and various permits. Experience the majesty of Yosemite - where, in 2024, adventure and tranquility meet!

Have more questions? You can contact us at the Visitor Center (phone (559) 683-4636 or email info@yosemitethisyear.com).

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