Travel Updates May 2020
In keeping with Federal, State and Local guidelines for social distancing designed to slow the spread of Covid-19:
- Yosemite National Park is temporarily closed to all visitors as of 3:00pm, March 20, 2020. Yosemite is preparing to reopen when California engages in Phase 3 of reopening the State, which is anticipated in early June. Find full details and current updates at nps.gov/yose
- Both Evergreen Lodge and Rush Creek Lodge are temporarily closed beginning Friday, March 20th, 2020, with a targeted reopening date of Friday, June 5th if it is safe to do so. We will post updates as needed here and on Social Media.
- For more information on our lodge’s enhanced cleaning and service protocols, visit our Clean & Safe program page.
Yosemite’s Draft Reopening Plan & New Day Use Permits
The Park Service is working on the best way to reopen the park as quickly as possible while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
They are trying some new things based on a large body of data and past experiences, and they’re prepared to make changes quickly as they see what works best, so keep in mind that the initial arrangement is temporary and will evolve over time.
To make safe social distancing possible, the Park Service will be temporarily limiting the volume of day use traffic and will require advance reservations. Initially, they are limiting the number of passes to about half of the usual summer traffic, with the goal of expanding visitation as it becomes safe to do so.
- You will need to make your day use reservation online at least 48 hours in advance at recreation.gov. This new program is being built now and is expected to be live the first part of June.
- Even if you own a national park pass, you will need to reserve a day pass slot on recreation.gov in order to enter the park (you won’t have to pay the day use fee)
- Passes are good for 7 days, so you can choose any date range that includes the days you want to visit the park.
- 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 recreation.gov.
- Guests participating in our professionally guided trips do NOT need to obtain a day pass. Park admission fees and park access are included in our trips.
- Shuttle service is not available in/out of the park right now, but we are actively working with regional partners in search of a solution.
- At this time Yosemite’s free shuttle service is not expected to operate this summer
As more details become available, we will email our guests and publish updates on our web site and in social media.
Although the way in which we access the park this year will be different, Yosemite is as incredible as ever, and we can’t wait to share an amazing adventure with you.
Your friends at the Evergreen
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 Facebook page as we'll be posting there as well.