This page was last updated on November 1, 2020.
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 the park’s response to COVID-19 and how it might affect your trip.
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
- 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
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. For 2020, wilderness permits for trips through October will be processed and distributed online. Winter permits (November-April) are required, but you do not need to apply online or reserve in advance. Winter permits are available via self-registration at any permit-issuing station in the park. Visit our wilderness permits page to learn more and apply for a permit.
- Outdoor Adventures and Custom Adventures: Adjusted. For all of our guided experiences in Yosemite, we’re taking 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. Stay tuned for updates on our outdoor art classes and other opportunities to get creative in the park in 2021.
- Yosemite Theater: Closed. All Yosemite Theater shows are canceled, and the theater building (behind the Valley Visitor Center) is closed.
- Yosemite Conservancy Volunteer Programs: Canceled for 2020. We look forward to welcoming volunteers back in 2021! Information about next year’s 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?
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 have moved forward as planned. Some projects have been adjusted in order to ensure the safety of park staff and visitors, and a few have been put on hold or postponed. Decisions were made on a case-by-case basis, driven by public health guidelines and by the park’s ability to hire and safely house seasonal workers.
Details about our 2021 grants will be available on our website in early January.
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. As of November 1, you do not need a day-use or overnight reservation to drive into the park. 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?
While reservations are no longer required to drive into the park, 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 Facilities: Many indoor spaces are closed, including visitor centers, Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, and the Yosemite Museum. Park rangers are stationed outside the Valley Visitor Center to offer visitor services. Groceries and gifts are available in Yosemite Valley and in Wawona, as well as outside the park. The Ansel Adams Gallery is open. Dining options are available in Yosemite Valley.
- 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, and by maintaining social distance, avoiding high-risk activities, and wearing a cloth face covering when it isn’t possible to stay a safe distance from others.
- Lodging and Camping
- Yosemite Hospitality lodging: According to the Yosemite Hospitality site, the Ahwahnee Hotel and Yosemite Valley Lodge are open; and Curry Village, Housekeeping Camp, White Wolf Lodge, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and High Sierra Camps are closed for the season. See more on the Yosemite Hospitality (travelyosemite.com).
- Campgrounds: Upper Pines Campground is open (at limited capacity). All other campgrounds int he park are closed. For the latest information on campground status and reservations, see the Yosemite National Park website.
- Wilderness Access: The Yosemite Wilderness is open for hiking and backpacking. Winter permits (November-April) are required, but you do not need to apply online or reserve in advance. Winter permits are available via self-registration at any permit-issuing station in the park. For early summer 2021 trips, the wilderness permit application form will reopen on November 13. 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 blog for ways to experience Yosemite from wherever you are, 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.