Yosemite National Park
Current Yosemite Information: https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm
Coronavirus info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm
Updates about the overall NPS response to COVID-19, including safety information: www.nps.gov/coronavirus
Day Entry Reservations
This year 2021 (similar to 2020), Yosemite is adding new restrictions to limit the number of visitors to the Park.
To secure a day use reservation pass visit: https://www.recreation.gov/
Entrance Fees 2021
All park entrances (except Hetch Hetchy) are open 24 hours per day. If the entrance station is unstaffed when you arrive,
you can pay on the way out. Currently, we only accept credit cards.
Seven-day pass if entering via:
From May 21 through September 30, this will be a three-day pass.
Non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats
$35 per vehicle (no per-person fee). You can pay in advance (preferred) or upon arrival (credit card only).
$30 per motorcycle (no per-person fee). You can pay in advance (preferred) or upon arrival (credit card only).
Foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats
2021 Free Entrance Days:
In 2021, entrance fees (but not reservation requirements) will be waived on:
Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Saturday, April 17 (First day of National Park Week)
August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)
Saturday, September 25 (National Public Lands Day)
November 11 (Veterans Day)
If your visit during a free day extends beyond the free day(s) and you re-enter the park after the free day,
you will be required to pay the regular entrance fee.
YOSEMITE ROADS: Current conditions posted on the park service web site: Here
How To Avoid Getting Struck By Lightning
Before a Thunderstorm Check the weather forecast:
Watch for afternoon build-up of cumulus clouds. At the first sign of an impending storm, such as towering thunderheads, darkening skies, increased wind, or thunder and lightning, seek shelter or get to lower elevations.- Mountain ridges and peaks contribute to updrafts that fuel thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are most common in the afternoon.- Even if a thunderstorm is approaching from a long distance, descend as far and fast as you can before taking shelter.- Count the seconds between the flash of the lightning and the sound of the thunder; divide the number of seconds by five to get a very rough estimate of the distance (in miles) that the lightning storm is away from you.- The 30/30 Rule is the best general rule to follow to avoid lightning strikes. If, after seeing lightning, you can?t count to 30 before hearing the thunder, get down off of ridges and mountain tops to lower elevation areas sheltered from lightning strikes. Stay off ridges and mountain tops for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.During a Thunderstorm- Avoid tall, isolated, or solitary trees, water, metal, and power lines.Lightning often strikes the tallest object in the area.- Find an open, low space on solid ground. If in the forest with no clearing, position yourself under the shortest trees you can find.- Seek a place sheltered from direct strikes (avoid high points and tall objects) and ground currents (avoid tree roots).- Make yourself a small target by crouching on your toes, hands covering your ears, head between your knees. Crouch down on a sleeping pad, pack, or other non-metal material to insulate yourself from ground currents.- Touch the ground as little as possible; the ground conducts electricity. Do not lie flat.- Remove metal objects and electrical devices from your body.- Space yourself at least 15 feet from your hiking companions.- Stay alert and remain in a safe position until 30 minutes after last thunder. (L. Mazzu NPS)