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Yosemite National Park Reopening Soon

Updated (May 27, 2020):

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 Reopening Soon

Half Dome Cables

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.

Yosemite National Park Reopening

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.

Yosemite National Park Reopening - Half Dome

Check back for updates on Yosemite National Park’s reopening.

4 Replies to “Yosemite National Park Reopening Soon”

  1. Karen Daley says:

    I would like information about the costs associated with visiting Yosemite National Park. How much does a small cabin cost to rent for a stay of four-five people? I have a National Parks card that I bought and it is supposed to be good for entry. I am a senior, so is there any additional costs associated with just the park travel. How much is the Shuttle service and when will it be up and running. I am more than willing to practice social distancing. I have never visited Yosemite before but, I would like to have the shuttle service. I suppose that I can understand if it will not be available, but I was looking forward to the visit. I think then that, people can drive on roadways w/i the park in their own vehicle? I saw a picture of paved roads, so would be probable to drive own car. Right?

    • Hi Karen,
      At this time, Yosemite National Park is still closed due to COVID-19 pandemic. There are several lodging options at the park (cabins, tent cabins, hotels, lodges, etc.). You can click HERE to check availability, pricing and make reservations. There are also 13 campgrounds at the park and you can click HERE for camping availability, pricing and reservations.

      Your National Park card will be good for entry into the park (no extra charge), once it is open. The shuttle service will not operate in 2020 due to the pandemic. There is no charge to ride the shuttle when it’s operating.

      And you’re correct that roads are paved in Yosemite National Park and you can try / park your vehicle.

  2. Don L Foster says:

    I have four housekeeping units reserved staring July 31, 2020. Will housekeeping be open by then?

    • Hi Don, here’s the current announcement regarding Housekeeping Camp: “Housekeeping Camp is currently closed with the initial reopening for Yosemite National Park. Park and public health officials are continuing to monitor the status of this camp based on the phased reopening plan for California and Yosemite National Park.” You can check status HERE.

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