Starting at 8am (11am ET) on Wednesday, Yosemite’s reservation system will be alive for visitors to secure their entry into the peak season.
From May 20 to September 30, all visitors to the park will need a reservation to enter between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is the day of the week as well as the weekend.
Be prepared to move quickly
Yosemite advises people to set up their Recreation.gov accounts in advance and “log in and be ready to receive a reservation immediately at 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight time.”
The non-refundable reservation fee is 2, and does not include the $ 35-a-car park entry fee.
Those who already have reservations for in-park camping, accommodation or wild permits do not need to make additional entry reservations.
Early planning is the key to a national park
Many other marquee national parks have the same story. If you want to visit a popular park this summer, it’s time to plan ahead.
Strategy One: See the least visited park
A brown bear rests on a riverbank in Katmai National Park, Alaska. This is a park where you are unlikely to compete with tourists for the place.
Paul Sauders / Adobe stock
If you stop marquee names like Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier, consider one of their less visited cousins. Some ideas:
Top Image: Visitors admire Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)