What to expect when entering Yosemite National Park after reopening? (Draft Plan ONLY!!!)

  •  Yosemite National Park is expected to reopen when the California Governor’s Office announces entering into Phase 3. At this time we expect this is to happen (but not guarantee) in early June.
  •  IMPORTANT: Visitors must have passes to enter, unless staying overnight in the park! We strongly recommend to print your Redwoods Cabin reservation confirmations and be able to show them at the entrance kiosks in order to be allowed entry inside Yosemite National Park!!!
  • For no overnight lodging inside the park guests 1,700 Day Use (7-day) vehicle passes will be issued (initially) each day.
  •  Again, anyone with reservations for lodging INSIDE Yosemite National Park, including vacation rentals, will NOT need the Day Use Pass reservation. Yosemite is estimating 1,900 cars a day for inside lodging, employees and vendors.
  • A normal 7-Day pass for Yosemite will have to be purchased on www.recreation.gov. No passes will be able to be purchased at the entrance stations or visitor centers! If you have an Annual or Senior Pass you will still have to reserve your passes on recreation.gov . In the beginning, you would be able to get your pass 2 to 30 days out only.
  • Yosemite Valley Shuttle will not be operating this year.  YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) will be running with new schedule. Guests riding on YARTS or on a bus tour do not need individual online Yosemite Day Use passes.
  • Mariposa Grove shuttle will not be operating.  The Grove will be open to walk-in (or bicycle) traffic only (2 mile walk from the parking area). Visitors with ADA placards will be allowed to drive into the Grove’s entrance parking area.
  • Tioga Pass is on schedule to open mid-June. (weather dependent)
  • Popular iconic sites like Tunnel View may have vehicle/people limitations and other precautions such as one way signs.
  • Wawona Hotel and Golf Course are closed until 2021.
  • IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A FINALIZED PLAN! This is a draft! Yosemite National Park will issue a press release in the next week or so with the finalized working plan and we would share the approved plan with you here and on social media! 
  • All current Yosemite National Park related information can be found at nps.gove/yose
Graham Ottley
Born and raised in the Midwest (Iowa & Illinois), I always held a fascination for the outdoors and mountain landscapes as some “distant place” on maps. That fascination continues today but I am fortunate to have now lived and worked in the mountains for 15+ years. My first job as a guide was leading sea-kayak trips in coastal Ketchikan Alaska. After that season, I attended undergrad in the Southeast (Montreat College) studying Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies and went on to pursue my MBA. I first visited the Yosemite area during a spring break climbing trip with some buddies. I can vividly recall driving in and being completely awestruck by the beauty of The Valley, ...as well as all the great climbing : ) After college I worked as a Guide with Summit Adventure in Yosemite as well as internationally in the Ecuadorian Andes and mountains of Mexico. I enjoyed teaching outdoor education in Santa Cruz and Yosemite Valley during my off-seasons. I also worked with Outward Bound California leading youth trips and eventually worked as Program Director at their Midpines and Joshua Tree locations. In 2016, I transitioned to SYMG and appreciated the thoughtful approach to the work of guiding. I enjoy spending time with the great crew of guides that come here to work, live and play. Beyond work in the outdoors, I am a proud father of two children, Owen & Eleanor. I enjoy adventures with them and my wife Sarah not quite as far afield. While we still return regularly to visit family in the midwest, we are happy to call Southern Yosemite home.