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Yosemite National Park is Open

  • Evergreen Lodge is open with access to all amenities.

Updated July 6, 2024 at 6:30 pm

Yosemite is piloting a “Peak Hours Plus” vehicle reservation system for park entry on select days, for those driving into or through Yosemite National Park between 5am and 4pm. 

  • April 13 - June 30: weekends and holidays, 5am - 4pm
  • July 1 - August 16: daily, 5am - 4pm
  • August 17 - October 27: weekends and holidays, 5am - 4pm

Details are updated regularly on the Park Service's website, and here are our key highlights, including exceptions to the program:

  •  Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased within 7 days of your arrival day on a first-come first-served basis at  Be sure to set up your login in advance and be ready to log on to their site at 8 am on your target day.
  • Even if you have a National Park Pass, you will need to reserve a Peak Hour Reservations ticket on in order to enter the park.  You won’t have to pay the entrance fee a second time, just a $2 processing fee
  • Park Entrance Passes are good for 3 days; visitors will NOT be required to validate at the gate on the first day of their reservation. 
  • At this time, we are not able to obtain passes for our guests to drive their own cars in/out of the park.  Each vehicle must obtain their own pass at

You do not need a Peak Hours reservation if you:

  • Join one of our professionally guided excursions
  • Visit the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite
  • Enter the park before 5am
  • Take YARTS into the park
    • Getting to Yosemite this summer is a breeze with YARTS, offering daily bus service between Rush Creek Lodge & Spa and Yosemite Village. Contact our friendly reservationists at (209) 379-2373 and unlock exclusive discounts on tickets when staying with us.

Here are the latest travel updates:

  • For traffic alerts and updates from the National Park Service text YNPTRAFFIC to 333111

  • Purchase Yosemite’s new Digital Park Pass before you visit for a swift gate entry at

  • Glacier Point Road is OPEN
  • Access to the lodge and Yosemite via Highway 120 West is OPEN
  • Tioga Pass/Highway 120 EAST of Crane Flat is OPEN
  • Get an early start on holiday weekends! To avoid long lines at the entrance and to find parking, we recommend leaving before 8am
  • If you don’t want to adventure out on your own, join one of our professionally guided tours!  For more details you can speak with our Recreation team at (209)­ 379-2606 extension 6521, or email
  • Visit for Park announcements and updates
  • Call us at (209) 379-2606, email or live chat with us on this website for help with travel planning


Wildfire Status

  • There are no wildfires of concern in the Yosemite region
  • Small wildfires routinely occur throughout the year in Yosemite’s High Country, however they do not pose a threat to our area and the majority of Yosemite’s attractions
  • You can see Yosemite Valley live through the Half Dome Live Webcam and Yosemite’s High Country conditions through the High Sierra Webcam
  • Smoky air conditions usually clear by the afternoon. For the latest air quality index for the areas you want to visit, check the Real-time Map on
  • Visit for Park announcements and updates


Let our Recreation experts help you!

Our friendly Recreation Team is here to help you plan your ideal adventure, or you can join one of our professionally guided trips.  Park admission fees and park access are included in our trips. Explore Options…

Remember to visit Yosemite’s stunningly beautiful, lesser-traveled Hetch Hetchy area right here in our northwest corner of the Park.

The Restaurant and Tavern also offer takeout, so you’re free to enjoy great food and drinks around property, in the privacy of your cabin or on your private deck.

Please call or email us at (209) 379-2606 or if you have any questions or concerns.


Planning a spring visit?

The EAST side of Highway 120, also known as Tioga Pass, or Yosemite’s EAST entrance, closes for the winter each year from November through May, depending on snow conditions at high elevations.

All other Yosemite entrances, including our Hetch Hetchy and Big Oak Flat/Highway 120 WEST gates, are open year-round.

You can see Yosemite Valley live through the Half Dome Live Webcam and Yosemite’s High Country conditions through the High Sierra Webcam

Visit for Park announcements and updates

We can’t wait to share an amazing time with you and your loved ones!

Happy trails,
Your friends at the Evergreen

Note that we are doing our best to provide the most current and accurate information as quickly as possible, so please check back often. Or stay tuned on our Instagram page as we'll be posting there as well.