What is not allowed in Yosemite National Park?

Be aware that there are people who either purposefully or unintentionally harm park resources while you are visiting Yosemite. 

If you observe any of the following unlawful activities, please report them to a park official:
Hunting animals
Collecting butterflies and reptiles
Collecting plants (including pine cones)
Using weapons
Feeding or getting close to wildlife
Collecting artifacts such as arrowheads
Using or owning a metal detector to find and collect historical artifacts
Driving through delicate meadows and off of roads
Camping outside of authorized campgrounds
Marijuana use or possession, including medical marijuana

Check out Security Page to know more.

Can you bring food into Yosemite?

Federal laws mandate that you store all of your “food” properly throughout Yosemite National Park. 

Food must be stored unless it is within easy reach (don’t go swimming or nap while leaving food out).

“Food” includes trash, toiletries, other fragrant goods, and all food and drinks, regardless of packaging. 

These must be kept in a food locker or an authorized bear-resistant food container. It is forbidden to hang food in Yosemite.

Check Food Storage and Bears Security for more info.

Can you drive through Yosemite without a day pass?

From May 20 through September 30, 2022, a reservation is necessary to drive into Yosemite National Park during peak hours (6 am to 4 pm).

If traveling with an approved tour group, you don’t require an additional reservation or permit.

Book your Yosemite Guided Full-Day Tour to avoid hassles.

How to get into Yosemite without reservation?

A reservation is required if you plan to drive a car into or through Yosemite National Park between 6 am and 4 pm (peak hours).

Please wait until after 4.00 pm to arrive at a park entrance station if you expect to arrive after that time. 

Avoid attempting to arrive early. Roadblocking vehicles will receive citations.

How long do you need to spend in Yosemite National Park?

Yosemite National Park is accessible 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. 

However, some roads are closed due to snow from around November through May or June, and the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station is only open during daytime hours.

Check out How long does it take? Page to know more!

Is Yosemite National Park open?

Yosemite National Park is accessible 365 days a year, every day. 

Although reservations are not required to visit the park, booking hotels and campsites well in advance is advisable.

Learn more about the Opening Hours of the park.

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