How do I make reservations in Yosemite?

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To make a reservation, visit Recreation.gov and follow the instructions below.
  1. Search for Yosemite National Park.
  2. Enter the dates you want to camp.
  3. Click on "filters" so you can improve search results.
  4. Enter "group size" and check "reservable online."
  5. Select "camping" to limit your search to campground reservations.

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Similarly, you may ask, when can I make reservations for Yosemite?

Reservations are required all year for Yosemite Valley's car campgrounds and summer through fall for Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Wawona, and half of Tuolumne Meadows. Campground reservations are available in blocks of one month at a time, up to five months in advance, on the 15th of each month at 7 am Pacific time.

Also Know, can you camp in Yosemite without a reservation? If you don't have a campground reservation, you can try to camp in a first-come, first-served campground. Within Yosemite National Park, you may not sleep in your car or RV except in a campsite that you're registered to stay in (except at Camp 4, where sleeping in cars is not allowed because it's a walk-in campground).

Similarly, it is asked, do I need reservations for Yosemite?

Reservations are not required to enter Yosemite National Park, but we strongly recommend that you make reservations for lodging, camping, and backpacking. You can pay the park entrance fee upon arrival (there's no need to pay it in advance).

How much does it cost to camp in Yosemite?

Camping fees currently range from $5 per night to $20 per night for family sites and $40 per night for group sites. The fee increase will change the rates from $6 per night to $26 per night for family sites and $50 per night for group sites. Campsite reservations can be made up to five months in advance.

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What is the best month to visit Yosemite National Park?

The best times to visit Yosemite are May and September, when the park is accessible but not too crowded. It's important to know that many roads and trails in Yosemite are closed for the majority of the year due to snow.

How much does it cost to get into Yosemite National Park?

Yosemite National Park has had an entrance fee since 1913. The current rate of $30 per vehicle or $25* per motorcycle has been in effect since 2015. The park is one of 117 in the National Park System that charges an entrance fee. The remaining 300 sites are free to enter.

How many days do you need at Yosemite?

To make the most of such a short visit, use the guide to one day in Yosemite. If you can stay for a weekend, try the Yosemite weekend getaway planner. If you only plan to do a few hikes and drive around to see the sights, three days is enough to see most everything.

How much is it to rent a cabin in Yosemite?

At The Redwoods In Yosemite near Wawona, guests can choose from over 125 Yosemite cabins for rent. The Redwoods have cabins in three categories: economy, standard and premium. Many of the economy cabins cost around $150 or more per night during peak season, while others are over $300 per night.

Are there bears in Yosemite?


American black bears found in Yosemite National Park have long been of intense interest to park visitors and managers. Seeing one of the approximately 300 to 500 black bears in Yosemite can evoke excitement, awe, and fear. If visitors spot a bear while in the park, it is a black bear-not a brown or grizzly bear.

How far is Yosemite from San Francisco?

Yosemite National Park is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 300 miles northwest of Los Angeles and a little more than 400 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The park is a three to four-hour drive from San Francisco and about six hours from Los Angeles.

Where should I stay when visiting Yosemite?

Best Yosemite National Park Hotels & Lodges
  • Lodging in Yosemite National Park. The best Yosemite hotels are located in the park itself.
  • El Portal & Midpines Lodging. El Portal and Midpines are the closest towns to Yosemite Valley.
  • Groveland Lodging.
  • Mariposa Lodging.
  • Fish Camp Lodging.
  • Oakhurst Lodging.
  • Lee Vining Lodging.

What is the best part of Yosemite?

Along with Glacier Point, Tunnel View is widely considered to be the most popular outlook in all of Yosemite. From its vantage point, travelers get an eyeful of the majestic Yosemite Valley, complete with views of famous park sites, such as Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall.

What should I wear to Yosemite?


What to Pack for Your Yosemite National Park Vacation
  • Sturdy Water Shoes for Playing in Rivers and Waterfalls.
  • Binoculars to Watch Climbers and Bears.
  • Sturdy Boots for Hiking on Granite.
  • A Rain Jacket.
  • A Couple Water Bottles or a Hydration System.
  • A Sun Hat, Sunglasses and Sunscreen.
  • Warm and Cold Clothing Layers.
  • A Star Chart or Star App.

Can you drive through Yosemite Park?

Auto Touring. All of the roads in Yosemite National Park are scenic, but the most famous scenic drive is along the Tioga Road, a 46-mile (62 km) drive from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass. (Check current road conditions.)

How do I get from San Francisco to Yosemite?

  1. Take the scenic route from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park with a rental car.
  2. Stay overnight in Yosemite at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel.
  3. Yosemite Falls.
  4. Be sure to visit the Observation Car while on the Amtrak San Francisco to Yosemite train.

Is there phone service in Yosemite?

Digital cell service is available in and near Yosemite Village to AT&T and Verizon customers (you may get a weak signal elsewhere in Yosemite Valley, as well). Verizon customers with analog-capable phones may receive service near Wawona, Crane Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows.

Can you spread ashes in Yosemite?

The National Park Service normally grants permission to those wishing to scatter cremated remains within the borders of Yosemite National Park. The cremation identification disc must not be dispensed or left on site during or after scattering activity; No marker of any kind is left to commemorate the event.

Are there Redwoods in Yosemite?


Yosemite is home to the world's most massive tree species, the giant sequoia, which is sometimes (and increasingly rarely) called the “Sierra redwood.” (You may also know it simply as the "bigtree.") The largest sequoias—which are found south of Yosemite in and around Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks—may grow

How much does it cost to get in national parks?

Admission to these parks can range from $5 per person to $35 per vehicle. The national park entrance fees are used to help offset the costs to run that park. Typically 80% of each national park fee is used in the park it is paid. On average National Monument is $10 per person or $20 per vehicle.

How do you pronounce Yosemite?

Yosemite National Park
It is not “Yo-SE-mi-nee” or “YO-se-MIGHT.” But rather “Yoh-sem-it-ee.” At the end, don't forget to say the “t."