For the high season between May 20 and September 30, 2022, you will need to make reservations to enter Yosemite National Park. All visitors planning to enter the park between 6:00 a.m. PT and 4:00 p.m. PT will need an official reservation.
Reservations went live March 23, and as of this writing, there’s still plenty of availability throughout the summer. But given the popularity of national parks in recent years, these open reserves are unlikely to last long.
To reserve your place, go to the Yosemite National Park page on Recreation.gov. Once there, you will see an option to book tickets. Your reservation is valid for three consecutive days from the day of your reservation. Tickets cost nothing, but there is a $2 reservation fee. You can get a refund on the $2 fee for cancellations up to 24 hours before your reservation.
If you arrive at the national park on foot or by bicycle, you do not need a reservation. Reservations are not transferable and cannot be resold. You only need one reservation per vehicle and all its occupants.
When you arrive at Yosemite National Park, you will need to show proof of your reservation, either digitally on your phone or printed. The reservation will need to be scanned before you can enter the park.