Keep your fingers crossed, but Yosemite National Park is hoping to open again in early June if it receives federal approval or permission from the state.
Campgrounds and lodging will reopen. Day visitors will be required to purchase an entry ticket in advance at Recreation.gov. Hiking trails, including the Half Dome cables are also expected to reopen June 5.
Initially North Pines and Lower Pines are scheduled to reopen in early June, as well as back-country campgrounds in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows and Hetch Hetchy. The “master reopening plan” is still being hatched out and may include Upper Pines and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds later in the summer. Curry Village will reopen too (early to mid June) at about half capacity.
Other restrictions will be in place such as limiting the # of vehicles that enter the park to 3,600 per day + 1,900 for overnight visitors. There also won’t be any shuttle service in Yosemite Valley; food and retail services will be modified to keep visitors at a distance.
Yosemite National Park’s reopening will be in phases since it was closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although no date has been announced, some services and facilities will remain closed or with limited operations.
There will be no shuttle bus service, The Mountain Room Restaurant, Degnan’s Loft, the horse stables, swimming pools, housekeeping camp, Crane Flat store, High Sierra Camps, White Wolf Lodge, Yosemite Valley tour services and the Mountaineering School will be closed in 2020.
Yosemite Valley Lodge and The Ahwahnee will open, but only for guests (including in the lobby and restaurants). Curry Village will open (half capacity), and campgrounds are expected to be open as well.
Visitors with permits, lodging and camping reservations will receive a refund if their dates are during the closure period.
Check back for updates on Yosemite National Park’s reopening.