Horsetail Fall: February 2023 Reservation Requirements
Horsetail Fall can glow orange when it's backlit by sunset, which can make it appear to be on fire. This unique lighting effect happens only on evenings with a clear sky when the waterfall is flowing and when the sun is at the right angle in mid– to late February. This event attracts many visitors to a small area, causing traffic congestion, parking issues, safety concerns, and impacts to natural and cultural resources.
In order to manage this event,
reservations will be required for entry to Yosemite on:
February 10–12, 2023
February 17–19, 2023
February 24–26, 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions.
Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
Top Things to Know
Plan ahead: reservations are not currently required to enter Yosemite, but we strongly recommend that you make reservations for
lodging, camping, and backpacking. Pack your patience:
millions of people visit Yosemite from April through October. Yosemite Valley is the main destination for most visitors but there are many places to go in the park. Early birds avoid traffic! From spring through fall, arrive in the park before or after peak hours (before 9 am and after 5 pm) to avoid delays and
traffic congestion. Keep wildlife wild: do not approach or feed animals.
Drive responsibly: observe posted speed limits and use pullouts to take pictures and let other cars pass.
Protect Yosemite’s bears: always practice
proper food storage and follow speed limits. Staying connected:
cellular service is limited. Don’t be surprised if you can’t receive calls or texts in the park. How can you help four million people? Learn how to visit Yosemite in a way that is
fun, memorable, and safe.
Things to Do
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