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, Yosemite is adding new restrictions to limit the number of visitors to the Valley. The best information we have found so far states that 'new park regulations will be requiring visitors to Yosemite Valley to secure a day use reservation pass' (not to be confused with a park entrance pass for a fee).
Reservations will not be required for those not visiting the Valley, nor if just passing through the park.
Once this new system is set up,
the website to obtain these reservation passes is expected to be:
Seven-day pass if entering via:
Non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats:
$30 per vehicle (no per-person fee)
(the fee is only $25 from November through March)
$20 per motorcycle (no per-person fee)
Foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats:
$15 per person aged 16 and older
(fee waivers may be available for curriculum-based educational trips)
2020 Free Entrance Days:
Entrance fees will be waived on:
Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Saturday, April 18 (First day of National Park Week)
August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)
Saturday, September 26 (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 Park Pass: $60
Annual pass providing free entrance to Yosemite for 12 months from the date of purchase.
America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass: $80
Annual pass covering entrance and standard amenity fees for national parks and other federal fee areas. This replaces the National Parks Pass and Golden Eagle Pass.
Annual 4th Grade Pass: Free
Annual pass covering entrance fees for 4th grade students and their families for 2017-2018 school year.
Annual Pass for US Military: Free
Annual pass covering entrance and standard amenity fees for all active military personnel and their dependents. (For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).)
Access Pass: Free
Lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. (You can also get this pass by mail for $10.)
Senior Pass: $10
Lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or older. (You can also get this pass by mail for an additional $10.)
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)