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Rush Creek Lodge & Yosemite National Park are Open

The ways in which we enjoy the Park and our lodge amenities is a bit different for now, but most everything is available including our swimming pool, Restaurant, Tavern, General Store, guided tours, games and nightly s’mores by the outdoor fire.

For information on our lodge’s enhanced cleaning and service protocols, visit our Clean & Safe program page.

Please call or email us at (209) 379-2373 or if you have any questions or concerns.

Temporary Day Use Entry Program

To restore full access to Yosemite as quickly as possible while keeping everyone as safe as possible, the Park is open at approximately 50% of capacity with a mix of day-use and in-park overnight visitors.

Please keep in mind that the initial arrangement is temporary and will evolve over time. The Park Service is trying some new things based on a large body of data and past experiences, and they’re prepared to make changes quickly as they see what works best.

To make safe social distancing possible, the Park Service will be temporarily require advance reservations for most day-use visitors.  Initially, they are limiting the number of passes to about half of the usual summer traffic, with the goal of expanding visitation as it becomes safe to do so.

Details are updated regularly at nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm, and here are our key highlights at-a-glance:

  • It’s best to make your Day Use reservation for “Yosemite National Park Ticketed Entry” online between 30 days and 48 hours in advance at recreation.gov
  • July Day Use Entry Tickets are currently online.  August sales begin on July 1
  • Last minute travelers: while most Day Use Entry Tickets will be sold 30 days to 48-hours in advance, the Park Service will release 20% of them for purchase within 48-hours of arrival day on a first-come first-served basis at recreation.gov
  • Even if you own a National Park Pass, you will need to reserve a Day Use Entry Ticket on recreation.gov in order to enter the park.  You won’t have to pay the entrance fee a second time, just a $2 processing fee
  • Park Entrance Passes are good for 7 days, but you MUST register your Day Use Entry Ticket at the Park entrance gate on the first day of your ticketed week in order to also obtain Day Use Entry on any of the other days
  • Shuttle service is not available in/out of the park right now, but we are actively working with regional partners in search of a solution.
  • Yosemite’s free shuttle service is not expected to operate this summer
  • At this time, we are not able to obtain passes for our guests to drive their own cars in/out of the park.  Each vehicle must obtain their own pass at recreation.gov.

If you would like to see/download/print our PDF with key information and step-by-step instructions, click here.

You Do Not Need a Day Use Entry Ticket If:

  • Participating in one of our professionally guided trips.  Park admission fees and park access are included in our trips.
  • Visiting the Hetch Hetchy area, however access is limited when parking fills and adjusted hours are 8am – 5pm
  • Riding the YARTS bus in/out of the Park.  YARTS stops at Rush Creek Lodge, with 3 morning runs to Yosemite Village and 3 return runs in the afternoon. Adult round-trip fare is $14 and includes Park admission for the Adult rider plus one Child 17 years or younger.  Make reservations at YARTS.com
  • Have an existing Half Dome or Wilderness permit.

No pass? No problem! Check out our insider tips on day use options that will make for an epic adventure, with or without a Day Use Entry Ticket.  CLICK HERE FOR FUN!

As more details become available, we will continue to email our guests and publish an update on our web site and in social media.

Although the way in which we access the park this year will be different, Yosemite is as incredible as ever, and we can’t wait to share an amazing adventure with you.

Happy trails,
Your friends at Rush Creek

We are doing our best to provide the most current and accurate information as quickly as possible, so please check back often. Or stay tuned on our Facebook page as we'll be posting there as well.