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Yosemite May Reopen in June, But with Major Limits

Reservations will be required, shuttle buses banned and crowds limited to about 50% of normal
By - posted 5/22/2020 No Comment

Thanks to Mercury News for letting us know that Yosemite National Park aims to reopen in early June but with new limits to reduce crowds.

Visitors may finally explore the Yosemite National Park as early as June (there is no opening date set yet). However due to the current pandemic and to reducing the risk of spreading the coronavirus,  there would be limits and major changes.

Reservations would be required, there would be no shuttle buses and crowds would be limited to roughly half of normal. Reservations will be available at recreation.gov

Proposed Summer 2020 Yosemite Plan

See the full details and full coverage at Mercury News

  • Up to 1,700 passes per day would be sold at the usual entry rate of $35 per vehicle
  • Visitors with overnight hotel/campground reservations would be allowed to drive in without buying a ticket to the park in advance.
  • Many trails would be one-way.
  • Park shuttle buses would not run in Yosemite Valley
  • Masks will be suggested, but not required
  • The Ahwahnee Hotel and Yosemite Valley Lodge would fully reopen
  • At least two campgrounds in Yosemite Valley would reopen
  • Curry Village would reopen at half capacity
  • Housekeeping Camp would remain closed

The plan drafted by Yosemite park officials has not been made widely public and still needs approval from the Department of the Interior. 

Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area that was closed on March 20 as the coronavirus pandemic widened.

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