Before coming to the park, please call or visit the NPS website for updated road construction information. 2017 is the year for road and traffic circulation improvements. You may get caught up in a major traffic delay.
Phone 209/372-0200 (press 1, then 1 again).
Website: NPS Road Conditions
Yosemite National Park is always open if weather permits.. Tioga Pass Entrance (via Highway 120 from the east) is closed from around November through late May or June. Hetch Hetchy is open all year but may close intermittently due to snow. Please note that GPS units do not always provide accurate directions to or within Yosemite. Cell phone service is very spotty, so bring a printed map.
Your entrance fee is good for seven-days if entering via:
Non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats. The cost is
$35 per vehicle (no per-person fee).
$30 per motorcycle (no per-person fee) .
If you enter by foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats, the cost is
$15 per person age 16 and older
(fee waivers may be available for curriculum-based educational trips)
These passes admit the pass owner and any accompanying passengers in a private car.
Yosemite Pass: $70
Annual pass providing free entrance to Yosemite for 12 months from the date of purchase
America the Beautiful—National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass: $80
Annual pass covering entrance and standard amenity fees for national parks and other federal fee areas. This replaces the National Parks Pass and Golden Eagle Pass.
Annual 4th Grade Pass: Free
Annual pass covering entrance fees for 4th grade students for 2016-2017 school year.
Annual Pass for US Military: Free
Annual pass covering entrance and standard amenity fees for all active military personnel and their dependents. (For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).)
Access Pass: Free
Lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. (You can also get this pass by mail for $10.)
Senior Pass: $80
Lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or older.(You can also get this pass by mail for an additional $10.)
Payment Methods and Locations
You may pay entrance fees at any park entrance (pay on the way out if the entrance station is closed when you arrive).
Accepted payments are cash, checks, traveler's checks, and credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). Additionally, you may pay the entrance fee or purchase a pass at the visitor centers in OakhurstMariposa;Groveland and Lee Vining from about Memorial Day (late May) through Columbus Day (early October).
Free Entrance Days
In 2017, entrance fees will be waived on:
January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
February 20 (Washington's Birthday)
April 15-16 (National Park Weekend)
April 22-23 (Naitonal Park Weekend)
August 25 (National Park Service's birthday)
September 30 (National Public Lands Day)
November 11-12 (Veterans Day weekend)
If your visit during a free day extends beyond the free day(s) and you re-enter the park after the free day, you will be required to pay the regular entrance fee.