Q: What is the fee to enter Yosemite?
A: Entering Yosemite National Park will cost $20.00 per car, or $10 per person. You’ll receive a “pass” that is good for entry/exit to the park for seven days. Visitors may also purchase an annual pass for $40.00.
Q: Do I need a permit to climb Half Dome?
A: In order to increase safety along the Half Dome cables, all people using the Half Dome Trail above the sub-dome must have a permit in possession every day when the cables are up. The cables are taken down each October for the fall and winter seasons and put back in place in the spring, as conditions permit. Visitors are strongly advised against attempting to summit Half Dome without the cables in place as the dome can be extremely slippery and may be wet and/or icy even in seemingly dry conditions. For more information, contact the National Park Service at (209) 372-0200.
Q: Great! Where can I purchase a permit?
A: All permits are available through www.recreation.gov, with no permits available for pick-up at the Park. There is a $1.50 fee per permit reservation.
Q: When is Tioga Pass open?
A: Clearing of the Tioga Road begins on or about April 15, each year; the process usually lasts between one and two months. Predicting when the road will open is not even possible, even in late spring, as weather in April and May can affect plowing progress significantly.
WHERE CAN I FIND...
...a public shower?
In Yosemite Valley, there are showers at Curry Village and at Housekeeping Camp. The Tuolumne Meadows Lodge has public showers in summer only with very restricted hours. There are NO public showers, however, in Wawona. All showers DO require a fee.
...a public Laundromat?
The only park Laundromat is at Housekeeping Camp in Yosemite Valley (open from spring until fall).
...a post office?
In Yosemite Valley, the main post office is in Yosemite Village (near the Visitor Center), and there are branch offices at Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge (open all year long). There is a year-round post office in the Wawona Store, and a summer-only post office in Tuolumne Meadows at the grocery store as well.
There are ATMs in Yosemite Village, in the Village Store and to the south of the store at the Art Activity Center. At Yosemite Lodge, there is an ATM inside the main registration area. In Curry Village, there is an ATM inside the gift/grocery store. In Wawona, the ATM is inside the Wawona Store and at Tuolumne Meadows, there’s an ATM inside the grocery store.
The only two places in Yosemite National Park that offer limited babysitting is available for registered guests at Yosemite Lodge and The Ahwanhee in Yosemite valley. Call the front desk to see the concierge for additional information.
...a storage locker?
The only lockers in the Park are in Yosemite Valley. Coin-operated, the lockers are located on the west side of the registration office in Curry Village.
...a copy (or fax) machine?
Contact the front desk of Yosemite Lodge (209-372-1240), Curry Village (209-372-8333), or The Ahwanhee (209-372-1240)
...a cup of coffee?
In Yosemite Valley, visit the Food Court at Yosemite Lodge, Degnan’s Deli in the Village, and the Coffee Corner at Curry Village. There’s also good coffee at the Ahwahnee dining room and bar!
...a good time?
If you’re not enjoying yourself in Yosemite with all it has to offer – you need to see your therapist ASAP.