Yosemite is OPEN
Evergreen Lodge is OPEN
Yosemite Day Use Reservation Program Ends 10/31/20

Yosemite Travel Updates Summer 2020

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Yosemite is Open
Day Use Reservation Program ends 10/31/20

Today Yosemite National Park announced that Day Use Entry Tickets will no longer be required for private vehicles visiting after October 31, 2020. (See below for details on park access and Day Use Entry reservations for private vehicles visiting before November 1, 2020)

Yosemite National Park reopened to the general public on Friday, September 25th.

The Stanislaus National Forest has reopened for recreational day use.

If you’re curious about visibility or air quality, we recommend you visit our friends at the Yosemite Conservancy for a look at their live webcams. Bear in mind that visibility is typically most impacted in the afternoon and clears in the morning.


The ways in which we enjoy the Park and our lodge amenities are a bit different for now, but most everything is available including our swimming pool, Restaurant, Tavern, General Store, guided tours, games, and nightly s’mores by the outdoor fire.

Yosemite Day Use Permit Program Through October 31, 2020

To make safe social distancing possible, the Park Service is temporarily limiting the volume of day-use traffic and requires advance reservations for private vehicle day use.  (See below for exceptions and alternatives.)

  • It’s best to make your Day Use reservation for “Yosemite National Park Ticketed Entry”online between 30 days and 48 hours in advance at
  • October ticket sales are available now.
  • Last-minute travelers: note that while most Day Use Entry Tickets are sold 30 days in advance, the Park Service releases 20% of the allotted Day Use Entry Tickets for purchase within 48-hours of arrival day, on a first-come-first-served basis at
  • Even if you own a National Park Pass, you will need to reserve a Day Use Entry Ticket on in order to enter the park.  You won’t have to pay the full entrance fee a second time, just a $2 processing fee
  • Yosemite Park Entrance Passes are good for 7 days, but you MUST use your Day Use Entry Ticket on the first day if you would like it to be valid for additional days for the remainder of your ticketed week
  • 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
  • Yosemite’s free shuttle service is not operating
  • To download our PDF of details and step-by-step instructions click here

You do NOT need a Day Use Entry Ticket if:

  • Participating in one of our professionally guided trips.  Park admission fees and park access are included in our trips.
  • Visiting the Hetch Hetchy section of the park
  • Riding the YARTS bus in/out of the park, with 3 stops daily at our sister property, Rush Creek Lodge. (Note that service in our corridor ends for the season September 30th)

Although the way in which we access the park this year is different, Yosemite is as incredible as ever, and we can’t wait to share an amazing adventure with you.

Happy trails,
Your friends at the Evergreen

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