If you’re planning on driving to, or just through, Yosemite National Park later this year, circle March 23 on your calendar. That’s when a new, temporary system starts offering reservations for people driving motorized vehicles into the park during peak hours in late spring through early fall.
If you don’t book lodgings or campgrounds in the park, or have a Half Dome or wilderness hiking permit, you’ll need one of these reservations ($2 from Recreation.gov) to drive into the park between 6am and 4pm daily from May 20 through September 30. Spurred by ongoing infrastructure repairs, the new system will make 70 percent of the reservations available on March 23, with the remainder available only seven days in advance, beginning at 8am Pacific time.
Reservations will be good for three consecutive days, starting with the reserved arrival date; cancellations are refundable up to 24 hours in advance. Standard entrance fees ($35 per vehicle, $30 per motorcycle) still apply.