Yosemite Wilderness Permit Process

*PLEASE NOTE: Yosemite wilderness permits have moved to Recreation.gov. You can find current quotas and availability there.

The Yosemite Wilderness Permit System is complex. We are committed to providing excellent service, with Yosemite Conservancy continuing to review all reservations for accuracy and appropriateness, as well as answering emails and phone calls.

To reach the Wilderness Reservation staff, you can preferably Contact Us at any time. You can also call us at 209-372-0740, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Yosemite wilderness permits have moved to Recreation.gov. While the process of making reservations has changed, many parts of the system are the same or similar, including trailhead quotas, availability of walk-up permits, and reservation windows. Yosemite Conservancy Wilderness Reservation Staff are still dedicated to reviewing and processing your permit reservation requests.

On this page you’ll find additional details about how to prepare for your wilderness experience and apply for a permit. Please read all the information carefully before proceeding with your permit application. Thank you!

Fees Support the Park

Fees collected from permits and canisters are put to work in the park, in projects ranging from wildlife protection to educational programs. If part of your Yosemite experience is heading into the wilderness, the Conservancy is here to help you secure your permit and bear-proof canister.

Bear-Proof Canister Rental

The Yosemite Conservancy proudly operates the Wilderness Bear Canister Program in its ongoing efforts to protect Yosemite’s Wildlife.

All overnight backpackers are also required to carry NPS-approved bear-proof canisters for storing food and other items. If you do not have your own bear-proof canister we can provide a rental.

A very important part of preserving the wilderness experience is keeping bears wild. Wild bears on natural diets stay healthy and are wary of approaching hikers. Storing your food in bear-proof canisters and never feeding bears keeps both backpackers and bears safe.