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Yosemite National Park

Reservations will be required to enter Yosemite National Park
during Peak-Hours of 6am to 4pm 
May 20, 2022, through September 30, 2022.

(Entering Yosemite between 4pm to 6am does not require a reservation.)

Yosemite announced on February 16th, that a reservation will be required to drive into the park from May 20 through September 30, 2022. This restriction is only in place between the park's designated Peak-Hours of 6am and 4pm. Note - driving through the park to another destination will require a reservation if entering between 6am and 4pm. Click on the graphic below for more information.

This year’s reservation system is temporary and is not due to COVID-19, but instead due to the many construction projects throughout the park.

    

For a complete list of alternative transportation options that include a park reservation check out the article,  "  How to Get In And Experience The Park This Summer.

Currently reservations are not required to enter Yosemite National Park.  To enter Yosemite, drive to the gate and pay your admission or show your annual pass.

Note:  Some services are still limited inside the park due to Covid-19.

Please see the FAQ page for more information about visiting the park - https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/faq.htm.

For a list of concessionaire services go to www.travelyosemite.com.

Yosemite Valley Shuttles are now running for 2022 the spring season with a modified route and schedule. See below for details.

Yosemite Valley Map

View or Download the Yosemite Valley map, complete with shuttle route and stops.  

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Experience the beauty of Winter in Yosemite!

Many things awaken in Yosemite in the winter months as the waterfalls and Merced River come alive again.  While Tioga Pass and Glacier Point roads are closed, there are many roads and trails open throughout Yosemite. Make sure you carry tire chains, as they are required during snowy times in and around the Park whenever chain controls are in effect. Check here for Tire Chain Requirements and here for more info about Traveling to Yosemite in Winter.

Yosemite Valley In Winter

Have a hot toddy at The Ahwahnee Bar or Dining Room.  Park your car and take the free Yosemite Valley Shuttle to all the destinations in Yosemite Valley.  Make sure to take the short hike to the base of Yosemite Falls and be amazed as the water forms a snow cone as the mist freezes on the falls. 

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Find Lodging

Okay - so you've figured out where to go and what to do.  Now it's time to determine where to stay during your visit. There's a wide variety of options available through the region; from hotels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, campgrounds and RV sites, and much more!  Click below to explore the options here.

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YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transit System) is another way to get to and from Yosemite from the gateway towns.  YARTS operates in the southern gateway towns of Fresno, Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Bass Lake & Fish Camp along Highway 41 from mid-May through mid-September.  

FREE VALLEY SHUTTLE:  To help with find your favorite icons in Yosemite Valley, you can view and download the Yosemite Valley Shuttle Map.  

Finally, here are a couple outside sources that we recommend incorporating into your planning arsenal:

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Our annual Visit Yosemite | Madera County Visitors Guide can answer all your questions about visiting California's Gateway to Yosemite. From the park itself to the museums, wineries, art galleries and more throughout Madera County, our guide can help you plan the perfect vacation. Please note that we mail to the USA only, but anyone can download the guide.
Visit Yosemite - Madera County
Oakhurst Visitor Center, 40343 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-4636
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