As we enter spring, families are planning their road trips and summer vacations, which often include our beloved national parks. Yosemite National Park is welcoming visitors for its spring and summer seasons with a few updates, changes, new and returning events.
The park will once again require vehicle reservations from May 20 to Sept. 30. Reservations cost $2 per vehicle and are only required during the peak hours of 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is limiting visitation to help manage congestion while several visitor attractions are still closed for repairs this year.
Reservations open March 23 with additional reservations released at 8 a.m., seven days in advance throughout the summer. Make sure to plan and book your reservation through Recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. Reservations are not required for in-park overnight guests, wilderness permit holders, regional transit riders, authorized tour companies and anyone entering after 4 p.m. or before 6 a.m.
Know before you go
Yosemite and its over 800 miles of trails remain largely open. However, there are some closures and changes this season.
- Glacier Point Road and Bridalveil Falls are closed for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project
- No public transportation to or from Glacier Point in 2022; access by foot only, weather permitting
- Descending the Mist Trail Steps from the top of Vernal Fall is prohibited from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The Mariposa Grove Shuttle is out of service this season with the expectation to be back in service for summer
- The Mariposa Grove Arrival Area will have portable toilets and no drinking water
Things to do
There is still plenty to do and see at Yosemite from winter fun to nature-inspired art and more.
- The Sierra Nevadas often have snow through April for plenty of winter fun like snowshoe hikes, snow play, cross-country skiing, sledding and snowman building
- Yosemite’s many waterfalls truly wow the senses in springtime, like popular Yosemite Falls and lesser known waterfalls like Ribbon Fall, which is the highest free-leaping fall in North America.
- Yosemite Renaissance 37 exhibition opens March 18 at Yosemite Gateway Art Center and features art inspired by the park and Sierra Nevada region
- The Jazz Train returns this spring with appetizers, local libations and a ride on an antique steam train. The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad opens April and Jazz Train events begin May 1.