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Yosemite to End Reservation System Starting Nov. 1

Day pass reservations were a great way for Yosemite to limit the number of visitors to the national park, and an excellent way for travelers to gain access to a less-crowded experience. This system, however, will come to an end on November first. Visitor services will still be limited for the foreseeable future, but more travelers will get to experience the wonders of Yosemite.

Travel and Leisure ~ ” Beginning Nov. 1, day pass reservations will no longer be required for entrance into California’s Yosemite National Park. The system was implemented when the park reopened in June, after it was closed due to COVID-19, to help manage traffic flow and keep a reduced capacity at the park.

The day-use reservation system — which had always been set to expire at the end of October — requires visitors to register in advance for one of 1,700 vehicle passes each day, which permitted seven consecutive days of access to the park. The number of passes eventually increased to 3,600 vehicles per day.

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Visitors to the park through the end of October can still register for a day-use pass online for $33. Visitors with annual or lifetime passes to the park are still required to register for a day-use pass, although they will only have to pay a $2 registration fee.

While the passes will be ending, the park still encourages visitors to practice other COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Visitors should maintain a distance between themselves and other groups visiting the park, wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained, and to frequently wash and sanitize their hands.” ~ Travel and Leisure

**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.

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