How will COVID-19 affect my visit?

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Campgrounds

Which campgrounds are open?

Upper Pines Campground is the only (partially) open campground. Camp 4, Wawona, and Hodgdon Meadow Campgrounds, which are normally open in winter, are closed.

Are any first-come, first-served campgrounds open?

No. Do not come to Yosemite without an overnight reservation if you are intending to stay overnight. Same-day reservations may be available on recreation.gov (due to any last-minute cancelations).

Can I sleep in my vehicle in Yosemite?

Sleeping in a vehicle is only allowed in a campsite registered to you or another member of your group. Sleeping in a vehicle in a parking lot or along the side of a road is prohibited.

Hiking and Backpacking

Is backpacking allowed?

Yes, with a wilderness permit. All wilderness regulations and quotas are still in effect.

Wilderness permits are available in the park on a self-registration basis, as is normal for winter.

You must have a bear canister for food storage. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own bear canister. A list of allowed canisters is available at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/containers.htm. If you are unable to get a canister prior to arrival, they are available for rental outside the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center bookstore.

Services and Facilities

As conditions permit, the park may increase services with appropriate safety precautions in place.

Additional information about Yosemite Hospitality services is available on their website.

Is public transportation available?

Shuttle service is not available in Yosemite this season. This includes shuttles in Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, and Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite Hospitality is not operating any bus tours. This includes the Valley Floor Tour, Glacier Point Tour, Grand Tour, and Tuolumne Meadows Tour and Hikers Bus.

YARTS is operating its regional transit system with reduced capacity (30 people per bus, with 22 available by reservation—reservations are strongly recommended).. Visit https://www.yarts.com/ for more information.

Are roads and gas stations open?

All major roads are open. Gas is available in Wawona, El Portal, and Crane Flat.

Are restrooms, showers, or a laundry available?

Public restrooms are available throughout the park. Restrooms are being cleaned multiple times per day, which results in restrooms being closed at times.

Showers and laundry are not available.

Are emergency services available?

The Yosemite Medical Clinic is open. Ambulance, search and rescue, and law enforcement services are operating.

Are visitor centers and museums open?

Visitor centers, the Yosemite Museum, Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center are closed. Rangers and volunteers are staffing outdoor visitor information desks at the Valley Visitor Center.

Are ranger walks and other interpretive programs available?

A limited amount of interpretive programming may be available. Check local listings for dates, times, and locations.

What hotels and campgrounds are open?

Yosemite Valley Lodge and The Ahwahnee are open. Upper Pines Campground is partially open.

Vacation rentals on private land inside the park are available in Wawona and Foresta, and outside the park in Yosemite West.

Are markets and gift shops open?

Groceries and gifts are available in Yosemite Valley at the Village Store and at the Yosemite Valley Lodge Gift Shop. The Ansel Adams Gallery is also open. Limited sales will also be available outside the Valley Visitor Center.

The Wawona Store and El Portal Market are also open. The privately owned Pine Tree Market in Wawona is open.

What food service is available?

Yosemite National Park, in response to guidance from the State Health Department and to support the nation’s effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, will temporarily limit some indoor services at the park. You can find a list of currently operating food services facilities at https://www.travelyosemite.com/alerts/2020/covid-19-guest-updates/.

The health and wellbeing of visitors and park employees remains our top priority. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers. Our operations will be flexible, continually evaluated and adjusted as necessary to ensure public health and safety. Updates on the park’s operations will be posted at https://go.nps.gov/covid and on the park's social media accounts.

Yosemite Destinations

How do I visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias without a shuttle?

Parking is available (until full) at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. Access to Mariposa Grove is via a two-mile hike (each way) on the Washburn Trail or the Mariposa Grove Road (each have approximately 500 feet in elevation gain). Several miles of trails are available in the grove from that point.

You may also bicycle on the paved portion of Mariposa Grove Road to the Grizzly Giant parking area as long as it remains snow free. Bicycles are not allowed on trails, unpaved roads, sidewalks, or boardwalks.

If you are, or are traveling in the same vehicle as a person with a disability and the vehicle has a disability placard or license plate, you may drive on the Mariposa Grove Road as far as the Grizzly Giant parking area until November 30 or when the road becomes snow-covered, whichever is earlier.

What is different about visiting Wawona?

Wawona is open. Wawona Hotel is closed, as are all other services normally closed in winter.

What is different about visiting Glacier Point?

Glacier Point Road and Glacier Point are open as long as conditions allow (usually sometime in November). The Glacier Point Tour is not operating, nor are scheduled ranger programs or astronomy programs.

What is different about visiting Yosemite Valley?

Yosemite Valley is open. However, some lodging facilities and services are reduced. A visitor information desk and limited Yosemite Conservancy bookstore sales are available outside the Valley Visitor Center. The theater (including park films) and Yosemite Museum are closed, however, the Indian Cultural Village is open. Yosemite Valley Lodge and The Ahwahnee are open.

Camp 4, Curry Village, Housekeeping Camp, the Mountain Room Restaurant (Yosemite Valley Lodge), Degnan’s Loft (Yosemite Village), Happy Isles Art & Nature Center are among facilities that are closed.

There is no shuttle service in Yosemite Valley. Please consider walking or cycling to reduce vehicle use when possible.

What is different about visiting the Crane Flat Area?

The Crane Flat area, including Merced and Tuolumne Groves of Giant Sequoias, as well as the Crane Flat Gas Station, are open. Crane Flat Store is closed.

What is different about visiting Hetch Hetchy?

The Hetch Hetchy area is open. However, access is limited when parking fills. Hetch Hetchy Road is only open from 8 am to 5 pm; day visitors must exit the area prior to 5 pm.

What is different about visiting Tioga Road and Tuolumne Meadows?

Tioga Road will remain open as long as conditions allow (the road usually closes sometime in November). All services along Tioga Road are closed for the winter.

Vehicle Reservations

In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, Yosemite National Park will continue to incrementally increase recreational access. Beginning June 11, the park opened all the primary attractions.

To increase park access while providing the public a reasonable opportunity to comply with health guidelines, Yosemite National Park implemented a temporary day-use reservation system that was in effect from June 11 through October 31, 2020. Visitors with a camping or in-park lodging reservation, wilderness or Half Dome permit, vacation rental inside the park, and visitors entering via the local public transit system (YARTS) or with a tour from one of the local businesses that have commercial use authorizations (CUAs) did not require a day-use reservation for park entry.

Do I need a reservation to visit Yosemite?

No! The reservation system was in place from June 11–Oct. 31. The $35/car park entry fee still applies, which you can pay in advance or upon arrival (credit card only). However, if you plan to spend the night, you should get a lodging or camping reservation.

Why did the National Park Service limit vehicle access to Yosemite?

Based on local, state, and federal public health guidelines, the number of vehicles entering Yosemite was reduced from normal visitation levels for public safety. This helped reduce overcrowding at the park’s most popular destinations. The park aimed to increase public access while providing visitors with a reasonable opportunity to comply with health guidelines. The day-use reservation system was a temporary system created to address public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The day-use reservations only limited the number of vehicles; it did not limit the number of people.

How much did the park limit vehicle access to Yosemite under the day-use reservation system?

Initially, the park limited vehicles to 3,600 per day, which is about a 50% reduction compared to June 2019. The limit is based on the number of parking spaces available in the park. The number of vehicles permitted to enter the park increased later in summer. The day-use reservation system was designed to be flexible and adaptive to conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How long was the day-use reservation system in place?

This system was a temporary system to address public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The park planned to operate this system through October 2020 and did end it on October 31, 2020.

This day-use reservation and permit system was not part of an implementation of the Merced River Plan or Tuolumne River Plan.

How can I provide comments about this system?

You may always contact us on our website. The superintendent’s office receives all comments about the day-use reservation system.

Public Health Information

What should I do if I feel sick or think I am infected with or have been exposed to COVID-19?

First, if you feel sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19 prior to arriving at Yosemite, please stay home and call your medical provider. If you are traveling and not near home, stay where you are and call your medical provider.

If you are in the park and feel sick or are concerned you were exposed to COVID-19, you are welcome to call the Yosemite Medical Clinic at 209/372-4637. Please call before visiting the clinic as appointment availability and clinic hours can vary. Other sources of medical care are available in Mariposa, Oakhurst and other neighboring communities. If it is an emergency, please call 911.

 
 

Last updated: October 31, 2020

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