This page was last updated on March 1, 2021.
Yosemite Conservancy is monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We’ll update this page with information about changes to our programs and operations. In making these decisions, we are following recommendations from federal, state and local officials.
Yosemite National Park is open. Please visit nps.gov/yose for the latest information on current conditions and on the park’s response to COVID-19.
In general, for information on…
- Yosemite Conservancy events, programs and services: See below, and stay in touch with us on social media and through our email updates.
- Yosemite National Park COVID-19 updates: nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm
- Yosemite Hospitality lodging and services: travelyosemite.com
- Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS): yarts.com
- National Park Service COVID-19 updates: nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm
- California Regional Stay Home order: covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs
Conservancy Events, Programs & Services
Are Conservancy donor events happening?
To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, we’ve canceled all in-person donor events until further notice. We look forward to welcoming our supporters for an in-person gathering when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we’re delighted to connect with our donors online through virtual events, social media, email and more.
What is the status of Conservancy programs and services?
We are adjusting our in-person programs, services and operations to ensure the safety of our staff, our partners and the public.
- Wilderness Permits: Adjusted. Winter permits (November-April) are required for overnight wilderness trips, and will be available via self-registration at any permit-issuing station in the park. For May-October 2021 overnight wilderness trips, you must reserve a permit in advance. Visit our wilderness permits page to learn more.
- Outdoor Adventures and Custom Adventures: Adjusted. Our Outdoor Adventures are paused through February, but we plan to start them up again in March. We are offering Custom Adventures. All of our guided experiences in Yosemite include special precautions to ensure the health and safety of instructors and participants (see our COVID-19 Program Procedures).
- Art Programs: Adjusted. Happy Isles Art and Nature Center is closed. We’re offering a variety of outdoor art classes this year, starting in April (conditions permitting).
- Yosemite Theater: Closed. All Yosemite Theater shows are canceled, and the theater building (behind the Valley Visitor Center) is closed.
- Yosemite Conservancy Volunteer Programs: Adjusted. We look forward to welcoming volunteers back to the park! Information about our 2021 volunteer opportunities will be available soon.
- Yosemite Conservancy Bookstores: Adjusted. Our webstore is open: shop.yosemite.org. Our bookstore at the Valley Visitor Center is open as a “to-go” retail operation. Our other physical bookstores in Yosemite are currently closed.
How has the pandemic affected projects supported by Conservancy donors?
The Conservancy has committed to funding more than 40 grants for important projects in Yosemite in 2021. Learn more about our current grants!
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve worked with the park to ensure that essential work our donors fund in Yosemite continues, when safe, including trail and habitat restoration, wildlife management, and scientific research. Most of the projects we awarded grants for in 2020 moved forward as planned. Some projects were adjusted to ensure the safety of park staff and visitors, and a few were postponed or canceled. Decisions were driven by public health guidelines and by the park’s ability to hire and safely house seasonal workers.
Visiting Yosemite National Park
Please visit the Yosemite website (nps.gov/yose) for the most detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information from the park.
How do I visit Yosemite?
Yosemite National Park is open. Some facilities and services are limited. See the Yosemite website for information about park entrances, camping and things to do in the park.
What is the NPS doing to protect public health?
National Park Service officials in Yosemite continue to urge visitors to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including wearing a face covering when you can’t stay a safe distance from others, washing your hands regularly with soap and water, and staying home if you feel sick. Some visitor facilities and activities have also been adjusted to protect visitors and staff. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, see the Yosemite National Park website.
How will these changes affect my visit?
To protect visitors and staff, the park has made some adjustments to facilities and activities. Some of the major changes are highlighted below. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, see the Yosemite National Park website.
- Park Roads and Entrances: All seasonal entrances are open: Arch Rock Entrance (Hwy. 140/El Portal Road), Big Oak Flat Entrance (Hwy. 120/Big Oak Flat Road), South Entrance (Hwy. 41/Wawona Road) and Hetch Hetchy Entrance. Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road are closed for the season. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 (then 1).
- Park Facilities and Trails: Many indoor spaces are closed, including visitor centers, Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, and the Yosemite Museum. Groceries, gifts and takeout food are available in Yosemite Valley. Mariposa Grove is closed until further notice. For updated information on trail conditions, see the Yosemite National Park website.
- Getting Around: Shuttle buses are not running, and Yosemite Hospitality is not operating bus tours. Be prepared to walk, bike or drive. If you’d like to bike, bring your own bike or rent one in the park.
- Staying Safe: Follow park guidance, closures and modifications. The park is encouraging people to recreate responsibly by staying home if they are sick, maintaining a safe distance from others and avoiding high-risk activities. Face masks are now required in all National Park Service buildings and facilities, and on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including on narrow or busy trails and at overlooks.
- Lodging and Camping
- Yosemite Hospitality lodging: For information on in-park lodging and to book future visits, see updates from Yosemite Hospitality (travelyosemite.com).
- Campgrounds: Upper Pines Campground (in Yosemite Valley) is open; other campgrounds in the park are closed. For the latest information on campground status and reservations, see the Yosemite National Park website.
- Wilderness Access: Winter permits are required for overnight wilderness trips from November through April, and are available via self-registration at any permit-issuing station in the park. For May-October 2021 trips, you must reserve a permit in advance. Visit our wilderness permits page to learn more and apply for a permit.
Bringing Yosemite to You
Explore and learn about the park from afar! For even more ways to stay connected to the park, check out our latest naturalist videos, follow us on social media and sign up to stay in touch with us via email.
Thank you for your patience and support. We’ll update this page as the situation and our plans evolve.