This page was last updated on May 28, 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. Starting May 21, reservations are temporarily required for park entry. The reservation system will be in place through September 30, 2021, or until local public health conditions improve.
Please visit the Yosemite National Park website (nps.gov/yose) for the latest information on the temporary reservation system, current conditions and 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 Blueprint for a Safer Economy: covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy
Conservancy Events, Programs & Services
Are Conservancy donor events happening?
To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, we’ve canceled 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 have adjusted our in-person programs, services and operations to ensure the safety of our staff, our partners and the public. All of our in-person programs in Yosemite include precautions to ensure the health and safety of instructors and participants (see our COVID-19 Program Procedures).
- Outdoor Adventures and Custom Adventures: We’re offering naturalist-led Outdoor Adventures and Custom Adventures (including virtual programs) throughout the year, with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
- Art Programs: Happy Isles Art and Nature Center is closed. We’re offering weekday outdoor art classes in Yosemite Valley through October, as well as Custom Art Classes, overnight art retreats, and virtual art programs.
- Yosemite Conservancy Volunteer Programs: We’re excited to welcome volunteers back to the park for the 2021 season! Learn more about our volunteer programs.
- Yosemite Theater: Yosemite Theater shows are canceled for the 2021 season, and the theater building remains closed.
- Yosemite Conservancy Bookstores: Our webstore is open: shop.yosemite.org. Our bookstores at the Valley Visitor Center and Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza (The Depot) are operating as walk-up windows where visitors can safely browse items and make a purchase in an outdoor, contact-free setting. Our other physical bookstores in Yosemite are currently closed.
- Wilderness Permits: There are no walk-up permits available in the park; all permits for late spring, summer and early fall trips (May-October) must be reserved online and then picked up at one of the park’s wilderness centers the day before or day of your trip. Visit our wilderness permits page to learn more.
- Overnight Climbing Permits: Starting May 21, wilderness permits will be required for overnight climbs in Yosemite, as part of a two-year pilot program. All overnight climbing permits must be reserved online in advance and then picked up in person in the park (at the Valley Wilderness Center or in El Capitan Meadow). Visit our overnights climbing permits page to learn more and reserve a permit.
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.
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. Starting May 21, reservations are temporarily required for park entry. The reservation system will be in place through September 30, 2021, or until local public health conditions improve. Some facilities and services are limited. See the Yosemite website for information about park entrances, camping and things to do in the park.
How does the reservation system work?
The temporary reservation system (May 21 through September 30, or until local public health conditions improve) requires every vehicle entering the park to have one of the following:
- A day-use reservation (valid for three consecutive days).
- A camping or lodging reservation in the park.
- Eligible campgrounds: Upper, Lower and North Pines Campgrounds; Camp 4; Wawona Campground; Bridalveil Creek Campground; Tuolumne Meadows Campground.
- Eligible lodging: Curry Village, Housekeeping Camp, Yosemite Valley Lodge, The Ahwahnee, Wawona Hotel.
- Eligible locations for private lodging or vacation rentals: Wawona, Yosemite West and Foresta.
- A Yosemite wilderness permit or overnight climbing permit.
- A Yosemite Half Dome permit.
- A seat on a YARTS bus or authorized tour bus.
Conservancy program registrations:
- If you’re signed up for a Yosemite Conservancy program in the park (such as an art class, Outdoor Adventure or Custom Adventure), your registration serves as a reservation for park entry for the duration of the program.
- If you plan to visit the park on days other than when your Conservancy program is scheduled, you’ll need to book a separate day-use (or overnight) reservation.
- (Note that the Conservancy’s naturalist walks do not include park entry reservations.)
Using your reservation:
- Upon showing proof of your reservation and a matching photo ID at the entrance station, you will receive a vehicle permit to enter the park.
- For day-use reservations, this permit is valid for three consecutive days for unlimited re-entries.
- For overnight reservations, the permit is valid for the duration of your reservation or three days, whichever is longer.
Day-use reservations must be booked in advance via recreation.gov. Note that if you have an annual or lifetime park pass, you still need a day-use reservation in order to enter the park. See the Yosemite National Park website for details on the reservation system, including how to book and use a day-use reservation.
What else do I need to know before 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 entrances and park roads are open. Expect some changes on Yosemite Valley roads due to an ongoing circulation pilot; use caution and follow the signs. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 (then 1).
- Park Facilities and Trails
- Some indoor spaces are temporarily closed, including visitor centers, Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, and the Yosemite Museum. Groceries, gifts and food are available at multiple locations in the park.
- Mariposa Grove is open. Parking is available at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza (by the South Entrance). There are no shuttles running. Mariposa Grove Road is open to vehicles with accessibility placards. Visitors without placards can hike or cycle to the grove from the Welcome Plaza.
- The Bridalveil Fall area is temporarily closed for restoration work.
- For updated information on facilities and trail conditions, see the Yosemite National Park website.
- Getting Around: Shuttles are not running, and Yosemite Hospitality is not operating bus tours. YARTS is operating regional buses at reduced capacity. Bike rentals and the Yosemite Bike Share are closed for the season, but will be operating this summer.
- Staying Safe: Follow park guidance, closures and modifications. The park is encouraging people to recreate responsibly. Per current CDC guidance, people who are not fully vaccinated must wear face masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, and everyone must wear face masks on all forms of public transportation.
- Lodging and Camping
- Wilderness Access: There are no walk-up permits available in the park; all permits for late spring, summer and early fall trips (May-October) must be reserved online and then picked up at one of the park’s wilderness centers the day before or day of your trip. Visit our wilderness permits page to learn more and apply for a permit.
- Climbing Access: The NPS is implementing a two-year pilot program to require wilderness permits for overnight climbs in Yosemite. Starting May 21, anyone planning to sleep on a wall as part of a climb needs to reserve a free permit online in advance. Visit our overnights climbing permits page to learn more and reserve 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.