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Yosemite Reservations Are Back (and Your Days May Be About to Sell Out)

The popular California park will soon require reservations for day use—and it expects them to go quickly.

If you’re thinking of visiting Yosemite‘s granite spires this summer, you’ll need to plan ahead: Starting late next month, the park will require reservations for entry, and it expects them to go fast.

Beginning on April 21, prospective visitors will be able to buy a timed entry pass—required in addition to the $35 entry fee or a national parks pass—on recreation.gov. Passes will go on sale at 8 a.m. Pacific time. The park will only require one pass per vehicle, and each pass will be good for unlimited entries for 3 days, though day-use permit holders will only be allowed in the park from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

On its site, Yosemite National Park officials said that they expect the reservations to be snapped up “almost immediately.”

The reservations are a continuation of a policy the park put in place last year with the aim of limiting visitor numbers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic; the National Park Service has said that it intends to continue the system through September 30, “or until local health conditions improve.”

Didn’t snag a pass? There are still a few ways you can get into Yosemite. The park plans to release a limited number of reservations on a seven-day rolling basis throughout the season. People with in-park camping or lodging reservations are exempt from the system, as are tour groups or anyone with a wilderness or Half Dome permit. Hetch Hetchy will also not be subject to the reservation system, although the park will begin limiting access once parking fills up.