Bear-Proof Canisters in Yosemite

The bear-proof canister rental program is operated by Yosemite Conservancy in cooperation with the National Park Service. If you are heading out on an overnight hike, you are required to carry a bear-proof canister to store food and other items. Hanging food (from tree branches or other high places) is prohibited in Yosemite.

Yosemite Conservancy provides a convenient rental service as an alternative to purchasing your own canister.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $5 per week (7 days). We accept cash, check or credit card, payable at time of rental.


A deposit fee of $95 is required at time of rental. This deposit is accepted on credit cards and cash only.  The “trip leader” is responsible for providing the canister deposit. On returning the canister, the cash deposit refund can be picked up during business hours at the location the canister was rented.

Bear-Proof Canister Rental Locations

Canisters are available for rent at the permit station locations listed below.  Please check seasonal hours of operations.

  • Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center
  • Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
  • Big Oak Flat Information Station
  • Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio in Wawona
  • Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station
  • Valley Visitor Center (winter only)

Cleaning Fees

Canisters must be returned clean. A $15 fee will be charged for canisters that are sticky, excessively dirty or contain trash.  Food should be packaged or placed in the provided plastic bag to keep canisters clean.

Late and Replacement Fees

A $15 fee will be charged for overdue canisters. It is the renter’s responsibility to return the canister on time to one of the locations specified above. If the canister is lost or damaged, the deposit will be retained as a replacement and stocking fee of $95.

Returning Canisters

Bear canisters must be returned to one of the canister rental location listed above or returned by mail to:
Yosemite Conservancy
P.O. Box 545
Yosemite, CA 95389

Bear Canister Dimensions

Weight: 2 lbs 11.2 oz (1.2 kg)
Height: 12″ (30.5 cm)
Diameter: 8.8″ (22.4 cm)
Volume Cubic Inches: 615 (10 L)
Model: Backpackers Cache
Manufacturer: Garcia Machine