TRAVEL ALERT SEPTEMBER 2020
Beginning Sunday, September 20th Yosemite entrances and roads reopened to through traffic. The park is currently working with public health officials to reopen the park for recreational use as soon as possible.
The Stanislaus National Forest has reopened for recreational day use activities, including the trails adjacent to Rush Creek Lodge.
Please be aware that we are experiencing some smoke in Yosemite Valley and other parts of the park due to the Creek Fire. Although we are not in any immediate danger, you may notice some haziness during your stay.
If you’re curious about visibility or air quality, we recommend you visit our friends at the Yosemite Conservancy for a look at their live webcams. Bear in mind that visibility is typically most impacted in the afternoon and clears in the morning.
Rush Creek Lodge is Open with a Few Changes…
In keeping with Federal, State, and Local guidelines for social distancing designed to slow the spread of Covid-19:
- Yosemite National Park will reopen to the general public soon, with ticketed day-use entry reserved online in advance through October 31st. Find full details and current updates at nps.gov/yose. (See below for exceptions and alternatives)
- Rush Creek Lodge is open, including swimming pool, restaurant, tavern, play areas and professionally guided excursions.
- For more information on our lodge’s enhanced cleaning and service protocols, visit our Clean & Safe program page
Yosemite’s Day Use Entry Program through October 31, 2020
The Park Service is working on the best way to operate the park while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
They are trying some new things based on a large body of data and past experiences, and they’re prepared to make changes as they see what works best, so keep in mind that this arrangement is temporary and will evolve over time.
To make safe social distancing possible, the Park Service is temporarily limiting the volume of day use traffic and requires advance reservations. 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.
- 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
- August and September Day Use Entry Tickets are currently online. October sales begin on September 1
- Last minute travelers: while most Day Use tickets are sold 30 days in advance, the Park Service releases 20% of the Day Use tickets 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 full entrance fee a second time, just a $2 processing fee
- Park Entrance Passes are good for 7 days, but you MUST use your Day Use Entry Ticket on the first day of that week in order to also obtain Day Use Entry on any of the other days of your Park Pass
- 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.
- Yosemite’s free shuttle service is not expected to operate this summer
- 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 section of the park
- riding the YARTS bus in/out of the park
- using our NEW bike shuttle service
- for details and more ways to enjoy Yosemite without a Day Use Entry Ticket, see our “No Pass? No Problem!” insider tips
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.
Your friends at Rush Creek
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